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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    You know, as much as they're not incompatible, the existence of intelligent life on other planets would raise some very interesting theological questions-- especially concerning the religious experiences, if any, of the other species and what implications those religious notions would have on terrestrial faiths.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    You know, as much as they're not incompatible, the existence of intelligent life on other planets would raise some very interesting theological questions-- especially concerning the religious experiences, if any, of the other species and what implications those religious notions would have on terrestrial faiths.
    Very interesting questions indeed. My guess (and I could be wrong) is that if any highly technologically advanced species are "out there", they may have reached the point that religion is not a part of their culture. I dunno. It seems like the more technologically and scientifically advanced Earth cultures become, the less likely they are to "need" religion.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    This thread is stupid, no one here knows about the Bible. The Bible has two creation stories! Genesis 1 is not the same as Genesis 2. Want to know why? Genesis 1 says that animals came before man. Genesis 2 says that man came before animals. You think that the Bible actually describes the creation of Earth then you're either uninformed or being deceitful.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Very interesting questions indeed. My guess (and I could be wrong) is that if any highly technologically advanced species are "out there", they may have reached the point that religion is not a part of their culture.
    I find this highly doubtful. While atheism is indeed on the rise in society currently... so is active participation in religion. We're not becoming less religious overall, merely more polarized.

    The only way extraterrestrial intelligence is likely to not be religious is if they had never been religious in the first place, and that in itself raises many interesting theological issues. My gut suspicion, probably heavily biased, is that any extraterrestrial intelligence we encounter will likely exhibit similar levels of religiosity but that their religious beliefs themselves will be alien in ways that we can't possibly anticipate.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by stalin_was_a_nice_being View Post
    yes, because the whole idea of a God creating a people is ridiculous to begin with. And life on another planet will prove to all that we are not unique.
    If we can make video game engines, then a larger being can create the Universe.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDude86 View Post
    If we can make video game engines, then a larger being can create the Universe.
    Indeed, one has to wonder what Rosie O'Donnell is able to create.


    I don't find that extraterrestrial life to be incompatible with the Bible, however I think it may further bolster Evolutionary Theory and therefore deal another blow to Christianity (as it has already). I'm speaking of course about the Christians who find Evolution and their Faith to be incompatible. Those who are religious and find evolution to be compatible with their faith will most likely be uninfluenced.
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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    It is one of the very few things that doesn't contradict a literal interpretation of the Bible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    You know, as much as they're not incompatible, the existence of intelligent life on other planets would raise some very interesting theological questions-- especially concerning the religious experiences, if any, of the other species and what implications those religious notions would have on terrestrial faiths.
    Ray Bradbury has written several short stories based on this.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    I voted "other" because I think the answer depends pretty heavily on what the life on other planets is.

    If it's bacteria or simple plant life on other planets, big deal. If you subscribe to the Biblical creation story, there's nothing there to challenge it.

    If it's intelligent, perhaps even superior life, and we find a way to communicate with it, there could be some serious blows to any and all religous beliefs.

    Or not -- we could discover intelligent life on another planet and get a message back that says "Oh yeah, you were created by God. We remember when it happened. Quite a show. Only took six days, can you believe it?"
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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by factorial View Post
    Or not -- we could discover intelligent life on another planet and get a message back that says "Oh yeah, you were created by God. We remember when it happened. Quite a show. Only took six days, can you believe it?"
    Other than completely invalidating my religious beliefs, this would be unimaginably awesome-- just think about what this would do to Young Earth Creationists, validating parts of a literal view of Genesis and then completely invalidating others. I can even picture more sensible theologians cracking under the stress of that conflict.

    And that's just for starters.

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    Re: Does life on other planets disprove the BIble

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    If life -is- found on other planets, does this disprove the Bible's story of Creation?
    The bible disproves the bible, it has significant internal incoherency. That's generally sufficient for me. The idea of life on other planets, though, is just plain awesome. Unless they're the V.
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