On the evening of July 2, 1947, a farmer living in a desolate region of the southwest USA heard a loud explosion. The following morning he found wreckage that he promptly reported to the local sheriff. What was really found that day near Roswell, New Mexico is still debated. Sixty years later, the truth remains under a shroud of confusion, rumor, and controversy. Less then a week ago, former NASA astronaut and Apollo 14 crewman Edgar Mitchell appeared at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and stated that life exists on other planets and that the proof is being withheld by the US and other governments.
UFO forums are everywhere on the Internet so there is no point in bringing that debate here. However, I was wondering about another aspect of the Roswell incident. Would religion, as we now know it, survive after the discovery of intelligent life on another planet? Would the Bible and other religious scripture support or reject such a discovery? Would there be a need to re-interpret the belief that man was created in God's image and likeness? Would mankind unite and would boarders dissolve if we knew there might be a common enemy out there?
I would like to hear your opinion.
I'm still dreaming of a scene like the one in "A hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" when it comes to missionaries, put them all on another planet!
Hmmm...saw an interesting episode of Star Trek: TNG once kinda dealing with this issue.
I think religion will be maintained in some shape or form no matter what. As far as sounding missionaries to another planet? I doubt it'd work, but please, please send them anyway.
I suppose it would work if we found a less advanced culture.
"Any technology not sufficiently understood is perceived as magic."
Hmm...reminds me a lot about Biblical texts and other religious things...
Quill, it sort of makes you wonder why the pope said "it's okay to believe in Aliens" last year. Doesn't it? According to the vatican spokesperson, God loves all of his creatures and that includes life on other planets. What do I think? I don't know...
I thought it was funny that Thornton "T.D." Barnes, (former special-projects engineer at Area 51) came out of the woodwork (AFTER Edgar Mitchells spoke) to say there were no spacecrafts. He claims they were "top secret spy planes being flown at 2,000 miles per hour at altitudes of 90,000 feet."
Thanks for your comment, Futonfraggle. Yes, it does make me wonder.
Beter than a common enemy would be a common friend. Why do we so often assume that any alien life form would be out to get us?
Crop circles, anal probes, cattle mutilations, abductions, we never hear the nice things
I really do not think if there are life forms on other planets they are out to get us. I have seen some weird light formations in the night sky that are unexplainable, but these are probably just planes flying overhead. Still, a couple of things were too odd to explain.
I totally agree, Paraglider. Perhaps this reaction is based more on a fear of the unknown then on reason.
Does anyone think that religious beliefs would be jolted somewhat, or not at all, by irrefutable evidence of other intelligent life forms?
I don't know if any extraterrestrail life-forms are aware of us, if any even exist; but if they do, I would say that our affinity for war and superstitious beliefs would probably keep them from revealing themselves to us. They probably recieved some broadcasts from TBN and thought to themselves "maybe in about a thousand more years."
Hard to say. If we don't destroy ourselves first, we may stand a decent chance of being worthy of a visit from our universal neighbors by about that time.
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