Would Alien “First Contact” Destroy Religion?

Published on January 26, 2018


As NASA continues to discover thousands of new exoplanets, humans have increasingly asked: “Are we alone?” If other intelligent species exist in our universe, do they practice religion too? If so, how would human world religions react to the possibility of first contact with extraterrestrial life?

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Ultra Hi Def Earth: https://www.nasa.gov/content/ultra-high-definition-video-gallery

Starfield time-lapse with aurora: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/BeyondThePhotography/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/Africa.htm

Starfield time lapse: https://www.videezy.com/time-lapse/2669-star-trails-royalty-free-hd-stock-footage

Earth from ISS orbit: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/BeyondThePhotography/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/

Flying over New Zealand: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/BeyondThePhotography/CrewEarthObservationsVideos/SouthPacific.htm

John Hart Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0fQiXrvw1g

David Weintraub lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFUF5gcXWVw

Thomas Paine Oil Painting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Paine#/media/File:Thomas_Paine_by_Laurent_Dabos-crop.jpg

Ruined Church: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Ruined_church_passarella.jpg

Chalmers Photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Chalmers#/media/File:Thomas_Chalmers_by_David_Octavius_Hill,_c1843-47.jpg

Samsara photo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83s%C4%81ra#/media/File:The_wheel_of_life,_Trongsa_dzong.jpg

Flammarion Woodcut: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/

Vodou Altar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitian_Vodou#/media/File:Haitian_vodou_altar_to_Petwo,_Rada,_and_Gede_spirits;_November_5,_2010..jpg

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