In the current issue of Scientific American, Oct., 2017, p. 88 Michael Shermer wrote a column entitled Sky Gods for Skeptics. Shermer of course is one of the panelists for this discussion of the existence of God. in theIcolumn he discusses research that indicates that while theists believe in the existence of God, many non-believers believe in the existence of ETI (extraterrestrial intelligence).
"If you don't believe in God but seek deeper meaning outside our world, the thought that we are not alone in the universe 'could make humans feel like they are part of a larger and more meaningful cosmic drama,' they observe" (Quote from "We Are Not Alone" in the journal Motivation and Emotion, 2017)
"Given that there is no more evidence for aliens than there is for God (Emphasis added) believers in either one must take a leap of faith or else suspend judgement until; evidence emerges to the contrary." Shermer ends by approvingly quoting Captain Kirk at the end of Star Trek V: "Maybe He 's not out there, Bones. Maybe He's right here [in the] human heart."
What I take from this statement is that there is evidence that the spiritual is real and necessary for human existence. By denying the existence of God as the result of a false cosmology non-believers create a void that is filled by the invention of ETI, which humanizes the universe made meaningless by making it purely physical.
The strange thing about this false equivalence of ETI and God when he writes, "there is no more evidence for aliens than there is for God." There is much evidence for God, even though he might not accept it. There is absolutely no evidence for aliens or ETI and even if we received a signal from aliens and could understand it, they would be light years away from earth, so real communication is impossible. Thus a meaningful relationship is impossible.
We know that God is real and in our hearts. We do not believe that something can be real and not exist. God other than through Jesus Christ has not revealed Godself as a localized being. If people cannot accept the reality of this revelation, then why should we think that they would accept any other revelation?