With predictable regularity, NASA is again trumpeting the discovery of apparent signs of alien life (see here).
The "building blocks" for life have been discovered in 3-billion-year-old organic matter on Mars, NASA scientists announced Thursday.
Researchers cannot yet say whether their discovery stems from life or a more mundane geological process. However, “we’re in a really good position to move forward looking for signs of life," said Jennifer Eigenbrode, a NASA biogeochemist and lead author of a study published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
For some historical perspective see what I wrote here a year ago.
In my lifetime, I've seen multiple claims to have finally "proven" the existence of extraterrestrial life. All of which were front-page news. And all of which were ultimately quietly proven false or rejected by the mainstream scientific community.
.... This raises the most interesting question - why is there a seemingly desperate frenzy within most of the scientific community to prove the existence of alien life?
There is an obvious and simple explanation - because the majority of them subscribe to evolutionary theory and reject special creation. The existence of alien life would validate their cherished belief that life can (and did) arise spontaneously by itself here on Earth. And if it happened here, then it must have also happened elsewhere in this seemingly infinite universe given the 14 billion years they currently consign as the age of the cosmos.
But what if we are alone in the cosmos and there is no alien life elsewhere? It is the death knell for their theory of origins and leaves only one other option that is devastating to their worldview - special creation by an omnipotent Creator. Thus, the stampede with ever increasing urgency to find alien life which in their minds would finally vindicate their position and prove the fallacy of a creator God.
Ignoring the indisputable proof that "alien" life really did visit our planet some 2000 years ago in the Person of Jesus Christ who had some mind-blowing truth to reveal to us, they foolishly and futilely look for something that I seriously doubt they will ever find.