The “Real” Creation Story


One memory from childhood stands out as a pivotal moment in the formation of my beliefs. When I was in the fifth grade (I would have been 9) there was one of those Science Bowl competition thingies. The topic for my grade level was “Endangered Species”. Being the bright kid that I was, my science teacher had selected me to be a member on the team. Not that any of this is important, except to serve as a backdrop for this story.

The real Tree of Knowledge?

The real Tree of Knowledge?

Being part of the team meant that I got to hang out after school in the science classroom, reviewing the material in preparation for our competition. After one of these review sessions we were all standing around talking, waiting for our parents to pick us up. It was your typical classroom with cinder block walls painted a horrid institutional green. I was standing next to the bulletin board, idly examining the way that the wooden frame had been painted over multiple times, since the chips of paint revealed the layers. I don’t remember how the conversation drifted in the direction it took, but the teacher made an interesting observation. She remarked that some people thought it was possible that humans were really aliens who had crashed on Earth. The whole business about the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden was really a story about the crashed ship’s computer that had gotten garbled over the years.

I still have the pillowcase

I still have the pillowcase

Already at that age I was into the science fiction and had a huge Star Wars action figure collection. And Star Wars sheets, pillowcase and blanket. When my friends and I played Star Wars, I got to be Luke because I had blonde hair. So this idea of a space faring people colonizing the Earth was absolutely fascinating to me. It seemed way more plausible than the version that they taught in church. From that point on, any time I heard or thought about Genesis, I couldn’t help but imagine this alternate version of events and what fantasize about what really had happened.

Now, I didn’t actually believe in the literal truth of this alien story any more than I bought into the idea of an omnipotent being creating a golem out of clay. But it definitely introduced me to alternate ways of thinking about religious texts instead of just accepting the “official” position. This memory (and Star Trek) opened my mind to the possibility that the universe was much more fantastic and amazing than boring old god.

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  1. #1 by Adrian Hayter on August 14, 2009 - 11:29 am

    You've been tagged in the Atheist Alphabet Meme!

    • #2 by CyberLizard on August 20, 2009 - 6:36 pm

      I'll get to it some day, I swear! I even have something cool planned for it!

  2. #3 by AngieJackson on August 16, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    This post has been featured on Angie the Anti-Theist's Sunday School

  3. #6 by Jared on August 21, 2009 - 12:46 am

    Well, it is more plausible than Genesis, but not MUCH more…
    I mean, couldn't El have put all those fossils here to tempt us? And don't forget cytochrome, oh, and every homologous gene, and erv's (not Abbie, satan put her here), and uhm, what else, oh, geological formations, the moon, radioactive decay… I think I can safely stop here.

    • #7 by CyberLizard on August 21, 2009 - 1:49 am

      I'd rather go with the spaceship theory. Much more Dr. Who-ish, the whole panspermia thing. But I must disagree with one of your points. Clearly Abbie is an angel from heaven. Anyone who can piss of the creotards like that should be revered ;-)

  4. #8 by Jared on August 21, 2009 - 7:24 am

    Well, she should obviously be revered, anything they think was put here by the arch-enemy of a misogynistic, egocentric, violent, and cruel and still curiously called benevolent being must be awesome!

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