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Society, the national
academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth hosted representatives from
NASA, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs,
during its 350th anniversary celebration. The event offered some dizzying
intellects in the featured discussion, "The Detection Of Extraterrestrial
Life and the Consequences for Science and Society." Lord Martin Rees,
President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, announced that aliens may
be "staring us in the face" in a form humans are unable to recognize. Other
speakers used words like "overwhelming evidence" and
"unprecedented proof" to signify how close we are to making
irrefutable discovery of alien life. Some, like Simon Conway Morris, professor
of evolutionary paleobiology at Cambridge University, worried that contact with
these unknowns might not be a good thing. "Extra-terrestrials might not only
resemble us but have our foibles, such as greed, violence and a tendency to
exploit others' resources," he said. "And while aliens could come in
peace they are quite as likely to be searching for somewhere to live, and to
help themselves to water, minerals and fuel."
Vatican astronomers likewise weighed in on this
question, "Are we alone in the Universe," and their top scholars hinted
that discovery of alien life, including intelligent life, might be made in the
near future. Father Jose Gabriel Funes in a long interview with the
L'Osservatore Romano newspaper said there is a certain possibility of
intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, and that such notion "doesn't
contradict our faith." Another Vatican astronomer, Guy Consolmagno
concluded that chances are better than not that mankind is facing a near-future
discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence (Monsignor Corrado
Balducci even went so far a few years ago to suggest that aliens were already interacting
with earth and that some of the Vatican's leaders are aware of it).
"How can we rule out that
life may have developed elsewhere," asked Funes. "Just as we consider
earthly creatures as 'a brother,' and 'sister,' why should we not talk about an
'extraterrestrial brother'? It would still be part of creation."
Muslim and Jewish leaders joined
Funes to say their religion could accommodate an ET reality, while a scholar for
the Russian Orthodoxy excluded the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence.
The question of how the world's
political and religious communities would respond if suddenly faced with
visitors from beyond is something world religions and even the US Government has
studied. Paul Davies of The Atlantic Monthly wrote in 2003 that the discovery of
even a single bacterium somewhere beyond Earth could force mankind to revise its
understanding of who we are and where we fit into the cosmic scheme of things.
Davies speculated that such a find could throw the human race into a spiritual
identity crisis that could leave some gasping for faith in God.
Evidently things have changed
since 2003. Recent polls show a majority of people believe ET disclosure would not challenge their faith in God,
findings supported by a study at the University of California, Berkeley
in 2008. A Reuters Ipsos poll of 23,000 adults in 22 countries taken in April,
similar responses, adding that
more than 40 percent of people from India
believe aliens are already here and are walking among us disguised as humans.
Professor Anthony Tambasco of
Georgetown University not only believes the world is ready for ET, but responding to NASA's recent press releases about
life potentially existing on Mars, said that if the discovery of life is
substantiated, "it will not unravel traditional biblical convictions, but
rather provide an opportunity to enlarge or broaden them."
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In a related CCN article, Sayyid
Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America said, "Most Muslims would
also welcome the discovery of life off of Earth." The Koran refers to Allah
as the God of 'worlds,' he said, not just one world.
Rabbi James Ruden of the American
Jewish Committee says most Jews also leave open the possibility of life on other
planets in their interpretation of Genesis.
But not everybody in the faith
community agrees. Many conservative evangelicals in particular take a
more suspicious view of aliens, stating that they could be demonic
manifestations or play a role in a future great delusion that gives rise
to the appearance of Antichrist.
"I have become thoroughly
convinced that UFOs are real," popular Christian writer Hal Lindsey wrote.
"I believe these beings are not only extraterrestrial but supernatural in
origin. To be blunt, I think they are demons."
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professor of psychology Elizabeth L.
Hillstrom in her book Testing
the Spirits documented a
growing number of scholars who
support Lindsey's conclusions that
UFOnauts are synonymous with
a Christian perspective," she
wrote, "Vallee's explanation of
UFOs is the most striking because of
its parallels with demonic activity.
Vallee himself, drawing from
extrabiblical literature on demonic
activities, establishes a number of
parallels between UFOnauts and
demons.... Pierre Guerin, a UFO
researcher and a scientist
associated with the French National
Council for Scientific Research, is
not so cautious: 'The modern
UFOnauts and the demons of past days
are probably identical.' Veteran
researcher John Keel, who wrote UFOs:
Operation Trojan Horse and other
books on the subject, comes to the
same conclusion: 'The UFO
manifestations seem to be, by and
large, merely minor variations of
the age-old demonological
open to the idea that demons may
play a role in ufology, theologians
such as Michael Heiser caution
against automatically connecting
UFOs with demonology, saying if UFOs
do represent something supernatural,
the unidentified objects could just
as likely be manifestations of good
angels, while phenomenon such as
so-called alien abduction is more in
line with manifestations of demons.
addition to extrasolar planet
discovery or the sudden appearance
of a UFO armada, some believe
contact with alien intelligence
could eventually happen as a result
of man-made super technology that
opens new dimensions or discovers
parallel worlds. Sergio Bertolucci,
a top scientist at CERN, surprised reporters for the British
newspaper The Register recently by saying the
Large Hadron Collider may create
"an extra dimension" and
of this door might come
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This included experts like Nick
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