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If the setai@home project discovers aliens, and it turns out that
they are all theists, would this make you reconsider your position as
- Nope. We all have to evolve. Religion may just be one of the
childhood necessities that we all have to unload when we grow up.
(Michelle Malkin #1)
- Yes. I would ask them for a description of their gods, afterlife, etc.. If their religion seemed self-serving, then I would question
their honesty. If they said "God commands humans to be our slaves," I would doubt their religion. (Michael Alexander #18)
No. I would be interested in examining the basis of their theism. As
an anthropologist (I guess *that* term would have to be modified) I'd be interested in their theism in the context of their culture.
Or maybe I'd just worship THEM.....not. (Joe Zawadowski #249)
- If their god or gods exactly matched one of ours, I'd have to
consider it. If however, they were made in the image of their god
(two head, tail, spikes) I would rather think they went through the
same development we did.
I wonder how long it takes for a culture to give up gods?
(Scott Davidson #1045)
- No, why should it? Extraterrestrials who believe in silly fairy
tales are just that. Let me reverse the question: if atheist extraterrestrials came here and encountered theists, should they
reconsider *their* position? Of course not. (raven1 #1096)
- It would depend on what type of evidence they had. If they were theists based on nothing but bull and wishes like people are on earth,
then no, I'll stick with atheism. (Treelo #1399)
- Not for a moment. I see religion as a cohesive force in many
societies, so it wouldn't be so strange to find alien religions. Not
all religions need to be destructive... I hope. What I'd like to know
is what would our fundies think about the aliens' religions. Heh. :)
(Angel Arnal #1443)
- No. Delusion is not going to be necessarily limited to homo sapiens. Any sentient species must inevitably question its origin and the road
to species maturity is going to be littered with the corpses of
discarded beliefs. It's an inappropriate assumption that any species we contact will be more advanced than our own and therefore devoid of superstition and mythology. Barring actual proof of the existence of "their" particular fetish the claims of theist ET's are no more valid
than the claims of our own homegrown variety. (Mike Dahlke #1600)
- Not in the slightest. Even if their religion was exactly the same
as one here on Earth, I still wouldn't be convinced (after all, none of them convince me here, why would they convince me on some other planet?). And if it was different from all Earthly religions, that would be yet
one more nail in religion's coffin for me. (Frank Wustner #119)
- No, we would just be adding some number (depending on how many different religions these aliens have) to the total number of different postulated gawd beliefs. That would just weaken Pascal's Wager some
more, and make the whole idea seem even more absurd.
Now, if we found aliens, and they all believed in some god that was
the same as the Christian god, then that might make me pause for a
But then, even Christians on *this* planet cannot agree on who and what their god is, so I doubt it will be an issue. (Jeff Heidman)
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