Ten years ago CMI launched a book that was rather different from our normal creation/evolution/Genesis fare. The book was Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the evolution connection (AI), by Gary Bates, now the CEO of our US office and then second-in-charge of the Australian office.
He realized that science fiction and its prominent aliens theme is a hugely popular cultural concept, and an important one in reaching many new audiences. Especially when one considers the evolution connection; starting with a big bang billions of years ago, it is believed that alien races could have evolved millions of years before humans and in that time they could have developed incredibly advanced spacecraft and visited our earth.
Increasingly, even some in mainstream scientific circles think that older and more technologically advanced aliens designed the incredibly sophisticated DNA and operating systems of the cells of all living creatures (this is comprehensively dealt with in AI). Evolution is also why ‘aliens’ appear physically different to humans in these movies—it took different paths on different planets.
AI went on to become one of the most popular creation books ever, and the only creation-themed book ever to become an Amazon top 50 bestseller. Because of its Amazon success, it is likely that more non-believers have read his book than Christians, and it still continues, as questions about life on other planets are rife. One can read the many pages of glowing Amazon reviews from people who had their eyes opened to spiritual truth about the universe. Some extracts (many recent):
“This is an incredible book. I couldn’t put it down. Gary Bates does an incisive job of separating the chaff from the wheat on all things alien—all those nagging ‘could there really be?’ type questions that a lifetime of exposure to science fiction engenders.”
“At first I was skeptical. Who really believes in aliens? What insights could Mr. Bates possibly offer on such a clear-cut topic? How surprised I was!”
“It’s a real page turner. Before I read this book I was a hard line sceptic when it came to UFOs and abductions… But this book has changed my mind. Sure the vast majority can still be explained away easily. But there is something going on.”
“I found the message challenging but supported. I will not watch a SciFi show in the same way as I did prior to reading this book.”
“His discernment is incredible and his research is impeccable. What can I say, I couldn’t put this book down.”
“If you want to read one book on aliens and UFOs, this is your book…This is an outstanding book.”
“Gary Bates reaches into your very soul, revealing shocking truths about the cosmos, alien life, and just how easy it is to become a casualty of a insidious cosmic war that has been raging on for centuries!”
“ …have read very few books that have impressed me as much as this one! The author has done an excellent job in…dealing with two of the most widely debated topics of our time.”
One of the lives that was impacted was actually Gary’s. In addition to the extensive initial research, in subsequent years he appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs (even secular ones) and lectured extensively all over the world, becoming perhaps a leading Christian authority on this subject. It caused literally hundreds of people who have claimed UFO experiences and even abductions to seek him out. (For example, read this letter from a young man who sought out Gary’s advice). And why? Gary says he often hears them say, “It was just like you described.” And so, for many, he is the first sympathetic ear they’ve heard. And he’s been exposed to their stories and traumatic recounting of their experiences along the way (some are truly horrendous). But most importantly he’s able to help bring closure to their worldview-altering encounters.
The most recent printing of AI has an additional new chapter based on Gary’s own ‘UFO encounters’ with these people, who he was able to use as a kind of test bed for the previously unsolved puzzle of what was really happening to them during their alleged abduction encounters. He and many others have seen his proposal as the ‘final piece’ in the puzzle that has eluded researchers”.
The purpose in all this, of course, like all of CMI’s work, is ultimately to reach the lost. Even the adult son of one of our scientist-speakers became a Christian after reading AI! At the end of the day, it’s your support that allows our qualified staff to undertake such specialist research efforts as this book.