Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

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A Ground-Based SETI Receiver Dish

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is a privately funded, not-for-profit institute that is "dedicated to scientific research, education, and public outreach."[1]

On July 2, 2020, Creation Ministries International declared:

After two decades of crowdsourced research, the innovative SETI@home project is being closed down. For those not familiar with SETI, its name is an abbreviation for The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. For almost 60 years, they have used massive telescope arrays to search for signals of extraterrestrial life. Under various projects, they have been scanning millions of radio frequencies during this time. But they have yet to find a single coded message from space...

According to them, “Scientifically, we’re at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we’ve analyzed all the data we need for now.”...

These same scientists looking for coded information signals would never admit that such signals have already been found right here on Earth, encoded in the DNA of life! Yet, coded DNA is not known to arise from non-living matter either (it is simply assumed)...

The announcements so far have been vague, but one would assume that if anything had turned up, those behind the project would have been very quick to sound the alarm and wave their flags of victory. More so because SETI relies upon government and public funding and has for many years been struggling to justify its existence due to the lack of results. Indeed, this was one of the successes of the SETI@home project. It involved millions of home users around the world and was a fantastic public relations exercise for them. So, by any measure, closing it down must be considered a crushing blow. And because of their ready-made fan club, any find would, in turn, generate new revenue for them. Their silence speaks volumes here. Very likely this project has turned up nothing, just as their previous ones like Project Phoenix did (“No ET signals were detected”).

There is no hint in Scripture that God created physical, intelligent life elsewhere in our cosmos, and there are strong theological imperatives that cast doubt on the idea that God would have done so. Therefore, this is exactly the result one would have expected if coming at the question from a biblical standpoint.[2]


The actual "search for extra-terrestrial life," as it is known today started around 1959 with the advent of radio astronomy. In 1960, Frank Drake, a radio astronomer using a 26-meter radio telescope in West Virginia conducted the first modern "SETI-style" search. The SETI Institute was formed in 1984.[3] Many people consider their aim a futile mission that is more suited to science fiction than science.


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