- G.K. Chesterton
Ever since I was a kid I've always enjoyed the paranormal. Unsolved Mysteries was like crack going straight into my veins (is that where they inject the stuff?). I have to admit, though, I want to believe. So there's your caveat, and now I'll proceed with where I'm at in my belief -- or non-belief -- in four big paranormal realms.
1. Bigfoot. I'm a believer. I won't go into details, but there is simply too much evidence to ignore. There is a North American great ape. They are few in number, and probably the most elusive animals on earth. They're out there. Bet the farm.
The book that put the final nail in my coffin of sasquatch doubt.
2. UFOs. There's something up there. These things are shiny, seemingly metallic, faster than any known military or civilian jet, and very interested in conventional aircraft, since there are so many documented instances of UFOs being seen by pilots, military officials, et al.
With that said, I don't know what they are. I don't hold to the extra-terrestrial hypothesis, but I don't dismiss it. I simply don't know. If the thought of intelligent extra-terrestrials spooks you or makes you think the idea is incompatible with Christianity, see C.S. Lewis's essay, "Religion and Rocketry."
About UFOs, here's the book that changed my mind.
3. Ghosts. They're probably either the result of overactive imaginations or demonic forces. I don't believe that human spirits can somehow hang around after death and do stuff like pulling your covers off at night.
4. Alien abductions. Like ghosts these are either the figments of people's imaginations (sometimes induced by sleep paralysis), or they're demonic in origin. I don't believe advanced lifeforms are visiting earth, abducting people, strapping them down to tables and drawing their blood with ridiculously long needles. If aliens are so advanced, they can figure out anything they need with a drop of human blood. Regardless, abductions aren't happening. That's not to say that some people may truly believe alien abductions are happening to them, but that doesn't mean they're real. The mind is a funny thing, and the spirit world is beyond understanding.
Of course, on all of the above, I could be wrong. ;-)