According to Ted Peters, who is a theologian at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, if people believed in the existence of aliens, it could make them ask if Jesus Christ has appeared more than once in the universe."It's been argued for a couple of centuries now whether one incarnation of God as Jesus Christ for the entirety of creation is sufficient, with some thinking that God would do so multiple times as appropriate for the capacity of any individual species to comprehend."
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jesus and The Space Aliens
I am not a lover of science fiction.
I rarely watch movies about space, aliens or anything else that does not take place on earth. Star Trek and Dune bored me and I have not seen any of the Alien movies. I tried to read C.S Lewis's Space Trilogy, but kept falling asleep.
In fact, I am pretty sure that I have not seen all of the original Star Wars movies, never mind the newer ones. My Apologies to James McGrath.
But some people do think about whether or not there is life on other planets. I am not sure why because I am not sure that I care. But for the religious, however, this can lead to questions about God, creation and what bearing the existence of life elsewhere may or may not have on our "earthling" theology.
But an article in the International Business Times suggests that for many, the existence of extraterrestrial life is not a threat to their theology. A meeting of theologians and scientists at the London royal Society determined that some people wonder if the incarnation may have take place multiple times in multiple places.
Peters conducted a survey of 1300 people from a variety of religions and concluded that for most, the discovery of extraterrestrial life would not be a threat to their religious system.
Of course, what does this mean about religion in other universes? Will we one day encounter missionizing aliens from outer space? Do aliens go to heaven? Do they believe in a rapture? If there are aliens, what kind of stories are in their Bible? Do they have or need a Bible?
Hmm, now I am beginning to wonder. Maybe Ed wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space was supposed to be an evangelistic tool?