First Contact came on Sept. 28, 2007:
To: Jeff LindsayHere is my inadequate and unworthy response, which has not been greeted with the favor of a reply:
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 4:24 PM
I really can't blame you for taking a defensive position when it comes to The Book of Mormon, but it is extremely disturbing for me and others to read that you actually believe that it is an ancient work. But what is more disturbing is that you and others of your kind buy into the notion of supernatural beings. What nonsense.
I don't know if rational thinking will ever prevail, but given the advances made to date, there is still hope.
Interesting. What is your evidence that there are no supernatural beings - or no beings more intelligent than those on this little planet? Seems like that would be an extremely awkward position to defend scientifically. Do you mean to tell me that you have explored the entire universe and can definitively assure us that there is nothing out there superior to us? Doesn't that require a certain amount of, say, omniscience?Did I say something wrong? Maybe he was unhappy with my technically inaccurate blending of "supernatural" with "extra-terrestrial," but I thought it was a relevant question, just for starters. I mean, if there are beings elsewhere more intelligent than us, isn't it possible that there could be a Being who is Very, Very Much More Intelligent? And if that's possible, well, why rule out the possibility of one or more Beings whose powers to us might even seem a tad on the supernatural side? See where this is going? Seems to me that one has to be Omniscient, even supernaturally so, to rationally rule out the possibility of what we might call Supernatural Beings. And it appears that I had First Contact with a Supernaturally Omniscient Being (SOB) - and then I blew it!
I can understand agnosticism - but the position you seem to take is surprising - or, as you might say, disturbing. May I ask how you arrived at it? And then I'd like to know why you would be so disturbed at those who don't share your views. Are you sure that this is completely rational?
Drats, I keep offending SOBs. What should I have said instead? How would you have responded?
For my offensive reply, I fear that I will be consigned to Outer Dorkness.