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Could religion survive contact with extraterrestrials?

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http://theweek.com/a...traterrestrials
 

From this range of writing, a broad consensus emerges. Buddhism, as a nontheistic belief system, would be largely unshaken by the discovery of intelligent life on other worlds. Among Christians, the Vatican's long history of adjusting itself to the findings of modern science would lead Catholics to be relatively unfazed. More literalistic Protestants — especially evangelicals of various stripes — would have a much harder time of it, while certain sects with origins in 19th-century America (Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons), which already have folk beliefs about the existence of life on other planets, might actually thrive.

 
 
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I think religion would continue on pretty much intact even if alien life were discovered.



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That depends on which religion. The more liberal types will admit they were wrong, that humans aren't special or possibly even that great in the grand scheme of things.

Where I agree with you is involving the more radical types. They're the ones like Ken Ham who believe that aliens can't exist, but if they do, they're godless, soulless abominations who can't be saved and who need to be killed and sent back to Hell with a few gigatons to spare. If they even accept that alien life could exist; some just say any ET is a demon. Basically, a Human Covenant. 


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Well, when I used to be a fundamentalist Christian, people of my particular faith believed aliens from New Age beliefs, like Sheldan Nidle and such would come to Earth, but they would actually be demons. They had no problems with alien life at all, they believed that human/alien hybrids and nephilim are cloned in underground bases. If we would be contacted by advanced aliens, it could take decades before they would stop calling them demons.

Now as for the microbial or animal life, most Christians would probably accept that God created life on other planets too, just not intelligent one.

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Well, when I used to be a fundamentalist Christian, people of my particular faith believed aliens from New Age beliefs, like Sheldan Nidle and such would come to Earth, but they would actually be demons. They had no problems with alien life at all, they believed that human/alien hybrids and nephilim are cloned in underground bases. If we would be contacted by advanced aliens, it could take decades before they would stop calling them demons.

 

I've heard the Nephilum myths as well, and that's what I was referencing earlier.

 

Same with the ones who'd say God created life on other planets. Christians, in fact all religious people, are very good at conforming their beliefs to the modern world. It's the rocks that refuse to budge from ultrafundamentalism that would act the worst, calling all non-human intelligences Satan's spawn to keep their beliefs intact. Or, alternately, already believe aliens exist but are demons.

 

I doubt some people would ever stop calling them demons. Not just religion, but secular entertainment has made sure of that.


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Islam won't budge. In fact there is a line that does not give importance to humans at all and hints towards more important aspects, it's my favorite Ayah in the Quran:

 

 “Assuredly the creation of the heavens and the earth is a greater (matter) than the creation of men; yet most men understand not” (40:57).

 

There is also this one that gives a big hint towards extraterrestrial life:

 

"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the living creatures that He has scattered through them: and He has power to gather them together when He wills." (42:29)

 

Here's a good video on the topic from a respected Islamic Scholar, take note what he says at the end. Islamic intellectuals are philosophical thinkers; better than any Christian intellectual in America. Shame the majority of Muslims do not partake into intellectual activities.

 



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Muslims are lucky in that case. The scholar part.

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of course in Islam is written in the Quaran that we are not alone in the universe. The Vatican a few years ago stated that aliens could exist and they may want to convert them to Christianity. 



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of course in Islam is written in the Quaran that we are not alone in the universe. The Vatican a few years ago stated that aliens could exist and they may want to convert them to Christianity. 

 

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...and speaking seriously, i suspect christianity (as well as other world religions) will fade away long before we'll meet someone who may be baptized. But if this (contact with aliens) will happen tomorrow, i think religion will adapt with no big problems. As far as i remember, Jesus himself said something like "there are many rooms in my father's house..." what may easily be interpreted as "Jesus' prophecy about aliens" as soon as those aliens will be found.

 

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"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)



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They will adapt but religion will take a big hit

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Well, I'm a devout Christian, and so I can tell you that 1) there is nothing in the Bible that says that God didn't create alien life.  The Bible only tells us what we need to know for human living on Earth, and 2) that if we did ever come into contact with aliens, most evangelical Christians will assume that they are actually demons / fallen angels masquerading as aliens.  However, the Vatican, as mentioned previously, says that aliens probably do exist so Catholics wouldn't have a problem with it. 


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