Monday, December 12, 2005 at 15:21:25 (PST)
I'm a devout Christian and always thought there were huge conflicts between science and
Christianity until I took my current Eng class. My teacher definitely has all the beliefs
of a scientist and I found that out when she thrashed my paper on disproving the Darwinian
theory. Now I'm at the end of my semester and our final is to write an essay on this movie.
My last essay discussed whether or not sci. and Christ. really conflict and I came to the
decision that they do not. I watched this movie last night and was amazed by how it delt
with everything I've been struggling with lately. I think the character played by Matt
Mcaunghay is my new hero. He's a man of faith and yet he has the capasity to have faith
in science. Ellie's like soo many of you out there that have found truth and don't have
the faith to give credit to God, the Creator of ALL OF US!
Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 12:10:19 (PST)
I can't believe that "Contact" is still making waves after so long. It has been
my favorite since it came out. I watched it many times since than. I salute to all who
keep this forum live. Wrong or right, religious or scientific, thoght-provoking or very
new age, in search for truth or God whichever might be your view, "Contact" is
very human and universal quest. We can all relate to it somehow.
I wish someday we find the truth.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 05:32:20 (PST)
Extraordinary movie independently of your convictions the movie causes fights your sense
of faith and skepticism ....... and this you carry it to the end of the movie. ....in the
end and asked you is certain??
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 18:05:15 (PDT)
I don't think so. Science is a method for understanding the world. The capacity and the
need for reason and understanding are innate to human beings--religion is not. We are born
with a complex brain, the ability to solve problems and be creative, and the need to use
those abilities. We also have spiritual needs, and spiritual qualities such as compassion,
but there is nothing *innate* that says we have to believe in the same thing, and worship
the same god(s).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 11:21:54 (PDT)
You can't disconnect science from a religious worldview. Religion is why science and
space exploration has a leg to stand on. Design and order provided from a greater mind
or consciousness gives us the ability to study repeatable occurences on the earth or
outside of it. Think wholistically instead of just the parts.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 20:12:42 (PDT)
That's an interesting idea. There were questions about the alien's comment, "You have
your mother's hands." If the alien took the information from Ellie's memories, how
could he know about her mother's hands, since "I never got to know my mother"?
One possibility is that her father had already commented on this, and the alien was simply
repreating or rephrasing it. It could also be an unintentional mistake in the script.
In any case, there's room for different possibilities.
As for her father always being an alien, I guess it's possible. But I wonder how likely it
is, considering how the aliens preferred to make contact by sending the signal and machine
instructions, leaving it to us to build it and contact them, and how "This is the way
it's been done for billions of years."
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 19:30:15 (PDT)
My husband and I came away from the scene where Ellie meets her father with different
views. He says he took that form in space so she would be comfortable; I say he was
an alien even when she was a child, paving the way for her to be accepting when she
finally got there. What do you think?
Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 23:23:44 (PDT)
I watched Contact for the first time and plan to watch it again. It was spellbinding
and a great movie with much food for thought about faith and the existence of God. After
reading all of the comments on this page I am wondering where is the "intelligent"
life on this planet?
Larry W. Jewell
Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 16:38:59 (PDT)
I think they would contact anybody whom they heard, as soon as they heard them. Some
civilizations (present company included) might be on the verge of disaster, and not
hooking them into the system might be a missed opportunity. I think that the ability
to use the information and create the machine would make the civilization eligible
I'm watching Ellie launch right now on TV. I was searching for "Hanchen Maru"
when I found this site. Excellent work!
Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 15:06:50 (PDT)
Good film if no other reason it made the audience think! Personally I donít think
alien civilization would want to contact us at this moment in our evolution. Itís
not a question of surviving our technological adolescence - Itís more a question
of surviving our ridiculous belief(s) adolescence. No person on this planet can
prove or disprove the existence of God and the fact that millions of us are willing
to attach ourselves to 'blind' faith and (some) kill in the name of it says so much
- put simply we are not ready - Until we can collectively address the issue with
clear minds we are in no fit state to move forward and a highly evolved alien
intellect would know this. Unfortunately I fear it will be many generations down
the line before we put away our religious icons and truly open our collective
minds. I for one are quite open to the possibility that a higher intelligence put
the ingredients in the 'pot' to create our universe, but like everyone else I cannot
prove it and would not have the arrogance to preach it to others. Yes I think its
likely that higher intelligence exist around the galaxy and beyond, its just
possible one of them may be aware of our existence through the premise of the
film (electromagnetic broadcast) - but I think there methods of contact or more
likely observation would be so sophisticated we wouldnít recognise it. And in any
event, as I said earlier we need to rationalise our thoughts. The most telling scene
in the whole movie was the 'carnival' in the car-park - says it all really.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 18:42:59 (PDT)
Ahhh, I think my point has already been spoken...but: There seems to be sooo much
division within the comments. Science, wonder, and E.T. vs. Witness to Jesus/Evangelist.
Does the movie not show what faith is? Isn't that what we have in common? No matter
who you are, your faith is sacred.
Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 14:07:51 (PDT)
i think the movie was awesome!!!! i watched it in class and i thought it was gonna be boring but it had alot of suspense.