As astronomers locate more and more exoplanets beyond the solar system, some believe that the discovery of extraterrestrial life will be inevitable Credit: Getty Images. With few exceptions, most of the discussions about Seti the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence tend to stay in the domain of the hard sciences. But the implications of Seti extend well beyond biology and physics, reaching to the humanities and philosophy and even theology.
We would need to consider whether our faiths could accommodate these new beings — or if it should shake our beliefs to the core. So what issues might the discovery of intelligent aliens raise? This means that the same processes that produce life here produce life everywhere. Second is the principle of plenitude, which affirms that everything that is possible will be realised.
This could present the greatest challenge to the major Abrahamic religions, which teach that human beings are purposefully created by God and occupy a privileged position in relation to other creatures. Some people of faith may find that the discovery of aliens challenges their sense of human uniqueness Credit: Getty Images. Copernicus hurled the Earth into orbit around the Sun, the subsequent intellectual revolution … swept the discarded remnants of the Aristotelian, geocentric Universe into the trash bin of history. Would the discovery make believers feel insignificant, and as a consequence, cause people to question their faith?
I would argue that this concern is misguided. The claim that God is involved with and moved by humans has never required an Earth-centric theology.
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The Psalms , sacred to both Jews and Christians, claim that God has given names to all the stars. According to the Talmud , God spends his night flying throughout 18, worlds. The same texts are unequivocally clear that human beings are special to God, who seems fairly able to multitask. Depending on how literally you read their message, some holy texts do not exclude the possibility of alien life Credit: Getty Images.
If you believe in a God, why assume he is only able to love a few of his starchildren? But do the religious texts themselves mention the possibility of alien life? The best theologies recognise these limitations.
Weintraub thinks Evangelicals might have a difficult time with Seti, because they approach their Scriptures with a high degree of literalism. These believers maintain that any other writing or idea must be evaluated and judged by the Bible.
Not finding any positive affirmation of alien life, she might conclude, like creationist Jonathan Safarti, that humans are alone in the Universe. Second, she would have to deeply reflect on the concept of the Incarnation, the Christian belief that God was fully and uniquely present in a first-century human called Jesus of Nazareth.
All paths to God, in effect, go through him. Believers may need to question whether their religion - and its routes to salvation - would apply to all alien beings Credit: Getty Images. Thomas Paine famously tackled this question in his Age of Reason, in a discussion of multiple worlds. But this seems eminently absurd to Paine, which is one of the reasons he rejects Christianity. God chose a very specific way to redeem human beings. He sent his only Son, Jesus, to them… Did God do this for extra-terrestrials?
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We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. LSV, All Camping achieved was to make some christians look silly. Over intellectualising like you are is simply paying way too much attention to what in effect was a self delusion which pandered to and gained the support of those already vulnerable due to their over literalistic view of their religion.
Camping was not a win for atheism, for it to be a win there would have to be an assertion which there is not. I know you think there is but hey - Camping believed the end was nigh and he was wrong so maybe some some other religious people should just take the salutatory lesson that they can and maybe are wrong instead of preaching to those who's assertions they make up in order to theologise away. I think when people say remember this is the 21st century they are not so much saying that morality has changed - more that we have the freedom to live by our personal morality and make our own decisions as to what is right and wrong for ourselves, within the law obviously, and not by the morals of others or their gods.
I regard that as progress or progressive if you will - not the morality but the freedom. Complain about this comment Comment number 8.
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Couple of things, or three. I wonder if I might make a suggestion? If you add together the digits in the number Complain about this comment Comment number 9. My heart goes out to all the vulnerable people deceived by Camping and who gave him all their money. I think everyone writing on this blog, believers and non-believers, would agree that preachers who use religion to exploit the gullible should be dealt with severely by the courts. Complain about this comment Comment number William Crawley wrote: "Not a day has passed, he said, since the death of Christ when someone, somewhere wasn't predicting his imminent return.
All of Jesus's specific predictions also failed. He did not return 'soon'. The people he was preaching to did 'not' see the son of man return on clouds of glory, though Jesus promised that they would. Camping is nothing new in this popular 'death cult' known as Christianity.
There should be at least some mechanism in place to prevent his radio station asking for more donations come the next "rapture". Harold Camping's attempts to explain away the lack of an event last Saturday, along with the reactions of a lot of his followers is a classic example of cognative dissonance.
Instead of thinking they're wrong, they instead choose to believe that reality is wrong. I feel compelled to point something out, however. LSV's stated that "there are views relating to the distant past - before recorded human history - which are so speculative as to be, in effect, unfalsifiable. Are you in effect saying that they are falsifiable, but it's just hard to do so?
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Doesn't that mean, in fact, they -are- falsifiable? Just because something is improbable, or speculative, but based on good evidence, does not make it false, despite your desires otherwise. Compare that to Camping's assertions about the end of the world which were purely speculative and, thankfully, very falsifiable, unlike the rest of religion which relies, nay, -requires- speculation to function. I can go even a bit further than Natmans bit about theories that are falisfiable but where doing so has so far proven impossibly hard to do.
An object of significant mass that only has the earth's gravity acting on it, yet remains hanging freely a few meters above the ground, would kill Newtons laws of motion for everyday objects.
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In the same way that the proverbial rabbit fossil dating from the Cambrian would kill evolution. There's plenty of ways we can think of in which both theories could be falsified. LSV could hardly be more wrong than in holding up the difficulty to falsify certain falsifiable theories as argument against these theories. The fact that e. I actually did get a premonition the night before Arthur Lowe died. I don't believe in such things to be honest normally and why Arthur Lowe of all people but I did.
On the more general topic, didn't Jesus say somewhere, that only the Father knows when the world will end. I think it's a safe rule to ingnore all warnings about the end times. Good advice from St. Peter: "But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!
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But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace" 2 Pet. It's the old story about thinking of someone you knew from the past one day and they just happen to call you that night.