Recently, we were warned that space aliens are a special threat to Christians, “ because the Christian belief system does not easily allow for other intelligent beings in the universe … ”
Traditional Christians tend not to know about this threat, partly because they are less likely than others to believe claims about space alien sightings and abductions. Also because, among the few who have taken an interest in the matter, the possibility was long foreseen and addressed. This early 20th century poem gives the sense of it:
Nor, in our little day,
May His devices with the heavens be guessed,
His pilgrimage to thread the Milky Way
Or His bestowals there be manifest.
The author, Alice Meynell (1847-1922), assumed – as did C. S. Lewis, that God would deal with the space aliens as he does with humans. And apart from realizing that, one is not to think too much about it.
Here’s an interesting 2008 essay on space aliens and traditional theology.
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