I forgot to mention the best moment from Jerry Coyne’s reply to Michael Shermer. Coyne writes:
Yes, maybe aliens could do that, and maybe it would be an alien trick to imitate Jesus (combined with an advanced technology that could regrow limbs), but so what? I see no problem with provisionally calling such a being “God”—particularly if it comports with traditional religious belief—until proven otherwise.
Really? For some reason, this old show comes to mind:
So if Coyne was the Enterprise’s Science Officer, he would have become a theist.