As I stated in my last post about Prometheus, I am a Christian who believes in evolution. I wanted to continue with my theme of Prometheus, not necessarily in a theological view of creationism, but a more literal view. Basically, now I want to discuss the movie Prometheus, rather than the myth. Before I go farther, I am clearly stating right now that my post WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS for those who have not seen the movie. I considered writing a post that did was fairly vague, vague enough for those who have not seen the movie to read through, but the topics that I really want to cover are not necessarily superficial enough to allow that. So, again, this post will contain some spoilers about the movie Prometheus, and if you have already seen it, or do not intend to see it, or do intend to see it but do not care that I will spoil the plot for you a little, read on.
First: Aliens. Obviously, they discover aliens in the movie, specifically aliens who are believed to be responsible for the creation of mankind. They are referred to as the “Engineers” assumably because they “engineered” us. The movie is not particularly clear on the actual intentions of the First Engineer who drinks that voodoo stuff that makes him shrivel up and wrenches his DNA apart as it writhes like some green earth worm frying on the concrete in a Southern summer, therefore creating our red human DNA. That is part of the mystery of the movie. Why did those aliens travel from wherever they are from to make us? Why did they bother? Were we an experiment? A mistake, like in the legend of Prometheus (read my last post 🙂 ). David 8, the (attractive) android, when one of the other characters tells him that humans made androids “because we could” replies with a question, asking the man if he would not be disappointed to hear that from his creator(s)? Would we be disappointed to hear that from the race that made our race? That we were only created in a sort of play, because they “could?” As humans, as anything with feelings (as David clearly had some sort of feeling, simulated or not, though that is a topic for another post, maybe one about the definition of sentience) would possibly state, we have a tendency to want to hear that we were made for a purpose, that we, even before we were physically made, were designed with some sort of care and a desire from our Creator to be something of importance to them. What child wants to hear that they are a mistake?
Second: Faith. Elizabeth Shaw is the actual main character of the film, and is a very interesting, deep person. She has spent a good part of her life searching for proof that aliens were the “engineers” of mankind. When she finally does discover that aliens exist, that their theories were correct (not just because they exist but because they have matching DNA which proves that we sort of evolved from them) she does not lose her faith in God. She asks “but who made them?” What if the story of Genesis is only the story of the creation of the Earth specifically, and does not cover the story of millions of other inhabited planets that have other populations of sentient beings? Surely, if God made them He loves them infinitely too. Is there room in the story in Chapter One of the book of Genesis to allow for an alien race’s DNA to be added to the gene pool to create our race? Yes, I believe so, and that was the point Elizabeth Shaw was making. Just because aliens donated their DNA to create our race, does not make them our gods, nor does is discount the existence of God. I have watched enough Star Trek to believe that there could be something or someone out there.
Third: Tying it together. In Prometheus the film, the alien race that created us is, in no way, shape, or form, friendly. Yes, we go throughout the movie thinking that they were preyed upon by some other race that attacked them, that they created us, possibly sent one of their own to die creating us (assuming he knew he was going to die and was not some sort of prisoner being put to death or something), but it is clear from the moment they rip Michael Fassbender’s lovely head off, that they were not overly fond of our race. Does that mean that we were indeed and accident? I do not think so. As I have had more than a week since I saw the movie to consider possible courses, and I could very well be wrong (we will find out (maybe) when the next one comes out) that we were spawned to run around Earth, to grow and reproduce to make a nice big population for the kindly Engineers to test their face-suckers on. This, however, is not (completely) a movie review, so I shall continue with my thoughts on what this means to us, in real life. What if we were created from an alien race, which was also created by another alien race, which was created by an alien race before than, which was started, from “dust” which actually means single-celled organisms of some kind, by God? Well, that means that we have a lot more to learn about where (and who) we come from. Ultimately, the most important point to remember is that no matter the origin of our race, we were, I believe, designed by God, as children of God, who was the true Engineer of our race, forming us with love and intention.
*As a bonus to my post, I would like to offer you a link to the most hilarious summary of Prometheus that I have read. Click hither and laugh 🙂