Profile: Olegeezer

Personal background
Born in Butler, Pennsylvania in 1938. I actually grew up in the "Flash Gordon" era and yes, I remember watching him rocket to the moon and beyond on the late 1940's TV when visiting school friends, as we had no TV at home. My father had an old refractor telescope which I "borrowed" when he was away and spent many shivering Winter nights sweeping the skies as stars shown like cold gems against a black backdrop in a "pre-smog time."

Made my home in Louisiana after military service brought me here and have preached and served as Pastor of Baptist churches for nearly forty years. I am still amazed when Christian friends sometimes decry the search for intelligent life. I believe that the One God is Creator and Sustainer of all the universe and refuse to limit him. If there is life anywhere in the universe, I believe God created that life (through whatever means he chose - I have no problem with Theistic Evolution)and he loves that life form as much as he loves humanity here. If those other life forms are as flawed as we are, he will have made some provision for restoring them to his intended design just as I know (in my personal instance) he has provided for the restoration (salvation, if you prefer)of humanity.

I am not intimidated by those who mentally are too earth-bound to encourage the search for life anywhere. I would that we could share the "Reverence for Life" wherever we may find it, that the physician-theologian-musician, Albert Schweitzer, had for life from microbes to mankind. Let us keep looking up and out (and within.) God's handiwork is to be found and revered and God is to be loved.
"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge."
Psalm 19:1-2 New International Version

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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
The mathematical statistics almost ensure that there is life beyond this third planet from this tiny sun. Perhaps if ever communicated with, we might learn how to live in harmony with ourselves if some life form has already discovered that secret for themselves.

We should transmit a signal of a sort that could be interpreted as being from intelligent life. Too bad we seldom can communicate that same kind of signal to one another on Earth. Scientists skilled in communication methods surely can devise the proper mode.

I run SETI at home to be a contributing part of this partnership and am heartened by the thousands and thousands who join their small computers with mine to cooperate in this great quest. I appreciate the SETI staff in Berkley and elsewhere that give us this opportunity.

I could wish more public relations and education could be promoted on radio and television of what this is all about AND the seriousness of it.
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