September 22, 2003
Religion versus the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence

Physicist Paul Davies writes a very interesting article: E.T. and God:

[...]Suppose, then, that E.T. is far ahead of us not only scientifically and technologically but spiritually, too. Where does that leave mankind's presumed special relationship with God? This conundrum poses a particular difficulty for Christians, because of the unique nature of the Incarnation. Of all the world's major religions, Christianity is the most species-specific. Jesus Christ was humanity's savior and redeemer. He did not die for the dolphins or the gorillas, and certainly not for the proverbial little green men. But what of deeply spiritual aliens? Are they not to be saved? Can we contemplate a universe that contains perhaps a trillion worlds of saintly beings, but in which the only beings eligible for salvation inhabit a planet where murder, rape, and other evils remain rife?[...]
A must read indeed. Especially after the interesting discussion over at the previous entry. (Found via MetaFilter)

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I think before jumping the gun perhaps we should extablish that there *is* such a thing as physical extraterrestrial intelligence.

Posted by: Peter Grigor on September 23, 2003 06:25 AM

On the basis of present knowledge and the most likely explanation of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, we have been and are being visited by intelligent life forms who appear self disguising in and out of the narrow band of human perception. These continuous direct and indirect multifaceted alien manifestations demonstrate we are connected beyond the universe as we know it and are part of a much more profound cosmic process, the connecting of two species.

Posted by: Orflin G. Champion on June 21, 2005 02:18 AM
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