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Religion after Aliens?

  1. Dec 10, 2011 #1
    Today I was wondering, what do you all think would happen if humans discovered aliens that were more intelligent than us? What would happen to religions that believe in God and such? Do you think people will think of them as the creations of the devil or something? What if they had evolved beyond war? Then would they be thought of as creations of the devil?

    I have no clue what people would think.
     
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    They would think that God put them there and then there would be rapid funding of NASA in order to send Bibles to the stars.

    The Vatican already gave its stance on this issue: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/6536400/The-Vatican-joins-the-search-for-alien-life.html [Broken]
     
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  4. Dec 10, 2011 #3

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    If you believe in a supernatural creator, why wouldn't you believe that it created them too? Ruling on this thread pending.
     
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    People who stubbornly hold beliefs will continue to believe no matter what evidence they see. They will assimilate the information into their world model, rather than accommodate their world model.
     
  6. Dec 10, 2011 #5
    But aren't humans supposed to be created in the image of god? If god creates a different type of intelligent being, then wouldn't they think otherwise?
     
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    "We can't limit the creative freedom of God" - Vatican
     
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    What if the Earth was older than 5000 years... or their was no divine intervention and you could show how things happen through rational cause and effect. What if we found dinosaur bones.... then wouldn't they think otherwise?

    I don't think so.
     
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    http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2861/alienst.jpg [Broken]
     
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  11. Dec 10, 2011 #10

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    Plenty of people already believe aliens are here, so in part you can gauge the reaction to actual contact based on these beliefs. Some religious people assume "the aliens" are evil. Some believe they are only demons pretending to be aliens. Some think they are the angels mentioned in various religions. Some think they are the wizards behind the biblical God. Some think they actually started the human race. As with all things, each person would view the event through their own filter

    One can even anticipate the interpretation based on the denomination. For example, fundamentalists tend to expect evil. New-age fundamentalists tend to expect deception. Protestants and Catholics tend to see us all as children of God. Mormons already believe in ET as a part of their religion [sheep that are not of this flock].
     
  12. Dec 10, 2011 #11

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    I'm sure I've posted something to this effect before, but I can't find it. My apologies for repeating myself:

    Which I translate as: do not have alien deities in my presence

    Which implies there are many gods.

    Which means there is no problem with aliens showing up that look like spaghetti.
     
  13. Dec 10, 2011 #12

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    seize the pastafarian!
     
  14. Dec 10, 2011 #13
    What is meant by the phrase in the image of god? There really isn't a consensus among biblical scholars as to the meaning of that.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_of_God#Interpretation
     
  15. Dec 10, 2011 #14

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    Time to put the thread down.
     
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