Do Aliens believe in God?

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One of Britain’s leading news sites, the Guardian, has a regular feature where questions are offered and readers invited to answer.  Yesterday’s question was; “Do aliens believe in God?”  The answers are featured in the comments section.  Much of what’s on offer consists of a back and forth between atheists and believers, though by and large, it is a very civil exchange.  A sample offering is below.

Feel free to go to the Guardian’s site and offer your own take and/or share your thoughts here in our comments section.

 

Steve Hedger   It’s entirely possible, I’d imagine, that they’d have a concept of gods, perhaps they’ve outgrown their’s as we’re starting to. It’s difficult to imagine that they have the same concept as any of the various religions here: religions on Earth are tied to specifically Earth-bound events and places which would have no meaning to cultures that have not discovered Earth yet.

They would view our religions, and our holy places, in much same light that we now view the Greek pantheon and Mount Olympus.

 

Gabriel Luthor    Considering belief in god arose from intelligence, it is likely other intelligence life forms also hold belief in gods or a god. We’ve already seen this with Earth where different cultures developed their own beliefs.

The natives of North America were shut off from the rest of the world for centuries if not thousands of years after their ancestors trekked there during the Ice Age and yet they ended up with their own system of unique religious beliefs involving either multiple gods or one god in some cases of the tribes.

 

Gianni Errera     Assuming that other living beings lived, or lived in the past and now are estinguished, in other parts of the universe, I would tend to think that they may have some sort of religious thinking, or that they may have gone through a religious phase before developing a more rationalist approach.

 

 

MichaelRC   Depends what you mean by intelligent. Cats are intelligent but I doubt they believe in gods. If they are intelligent and self conscious enough to wonder why they exist, whether their existence has any meaning or purpose, whether truth, goodness and beauty point to some ultimate, transcendental source of those things, then I’d say they will be bound to explore the possibility of the divine. C. S Lewis’s space trilogy explores some ideas about this area in an imaginative and entertaining way.

 
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Paul Powers

"But there was, unfortunately, a little animalcule in a square hat who interrupted all the other animalcule philosophers. He said that he knew the secret: that everything would be found in the Summa of Saint Thomas. He looked the two celestial inhabitants up and down. He argued that their people, their worlds, their suns, their stars, had all been made uniquely for mankind."
--Voltaire "Micromégas"

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David Allen
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David Allen

If there are aliens, would they be considered part of this creation? And as part of creation, then would they also be fallen? Are aliens subject to the sin of Adam? Are they sanctified by the atonement of Christ?

BTW, which is the better term for ourselves, Earthlings or Terrans?

Bro David

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Bill Simpson
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Bill Simpson

So if God exists and can be discovered by contemplating nature, then intelligent beings elsewhere might well believe in God. After all, that was the case with the ancient Greeks. The more interesting question is whether they would have a concept of sin or even be in need of redemption. The question arises because sin is an act of the rational will and so appears to be something contingent rather than necessary. In other words, what if the norm is interstellar immaculate conception?

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Leslie Marshall
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Leslie Marshall

If there are aliens, then God created them. I don't know if they were created to be in relationship with Him and have eternal life with Him. But God knows.

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JC Fisher
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JC Fisher

"religions on Earth are tied to specifically Earth-bound events and places which would have no meaning to cultures that have not discovered Earth yet."

I've heard Christians (of a more Fundamentalist stripe) debate this: do other planets have their own "Jesus", or does the particular Nazarean Carpenter save everyone across the galaxies?

I treasure having a faith where I'm not required to "know" the answer this one! [though I have my hunches]

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Amanda Clark
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Amanda Clark

How is that a silly question? Seems like a standard "what does Christianity believe about aliens" question. Not something limited to anti intellectual fundies.

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