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Here’s an article about some really silly theologians MSNBC (Clara Moskowitz, October 2, 2011): “If intelligent extraterrestrials exist, what about God?: Experts say encountering E.T. would pose religious dilemmas, especially for Christians”:

Christians, in particular, might take the news hardest, because the Christian belief system does not easily allow for other intelligent beings in the universe, Christian thinkers said at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to discuss issues surrounding traveling to other stars.

Right. Not like angels, devils, or the mysterious “sheep that are not of this flock.” Or the extinct race of giants, mentioned in Genesis. Naw. Christians could never have believed anything like that …

If the whole of creation includes 125 billion galaxies with hundreds of billions of stars in each, as astronomers think, then what if some of these stars have planets with advanced civilizations, too? Why would Jesus Christ have come to Earth, of all the inhabited planets in the universe, to save Earthlings and abandon the rest of God’s creatures?

Abandon? These people watch too many Star Trek movies. Curiously, during the age of exploration, when we were first beginning to learn about the lands and peoples of our planet, many early explorers had explicit Christian missionary intentions. They didn’t think God had abandoned peoples, but that he had made them responsible for telling those peoples the Gospel. Serious Christians react that way today. But that would just plain end the discussion, which professional thinkers never like to do.

All this said, traditional Christians are less likely than others to credit space alien tales.

Hi News: It sounds like these theologians haven't done much reading. C. S. Lewis discussed these very issues as far back as 1958, in his famous essay, "Religion and Rocketry" (originally entitled, "Will We Lose God in Outer Space?"), which is discussed in this blog post: http://booksbycslewis.blogspot.com/2008/04/religion-and-rocketry.html For a summary of Lewis' conclusions and a Catholic "take" on Lewis' article by apologist Mark Shea, see here: http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/shea/04313.html You might also like to have a look at this article in "First Things" on sci-fi books with a religious theme, and an interesting account of a time when Arthur C. Clarke and C. S. Lewis had a disagreement over a character in one of Lewis' novels: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2010/03/science-friction vjtorley
Encountering ETs would not do anything to any religious beliefs. Heck the Mormons say there are ETs... Joseph
Who can tell what other cradle? High above the Milky Way; Still may rock the King of Heaven, On another Christmas day. . . Who can count how many crosses? Still to come or long ago. Crucify the King of Heaven, Holy is the name I know. . Every star and every planet, Every creature high and low. Come and praise the King of Heaven, By whatever name you know.
- Sydney Carter :-) steveO
But what if SETI found God instead of Aliens?
SETI - Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence receives message from God,,,,, Almost - video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4007753
I find it strange that the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) organization spends millions of dollars vainly searching for signs of extra-terrestrial life in this universe, when all anyone has to do to make solid contact with THE primary 'extra-terrestrial intelligence' of the entire universe is to pray with a sincere heart. God certainly does not hide from those who sincerely seek Him. Actually communicating with the Creator of the universe is certainly a lot more exciting than not communicating with some little green men that in all probability do not even exist, unless of course, God decided to create them!
Isaiah 45:18-19 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘seek me in vain’; I, the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” “When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well George, that's more nearly your size.' And he told me.” George Washington Carver "God gave them to me" he (Carver) would say about his ideas, "How can I sell them to someone else?" http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventors/a/GWC.htm

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