ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

Technological AND SPIRITUAL advancement

from If Mars Attacks …Do we have an alien-contact contingency plan?
By Juliet LapidosPosted Friday, July 16, 2010, at 5:56 PM ET

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Many scientists, including Stephen Hawking, believe that contact with intelligent aliens would end badly for us—we’d be the Native Americans to the alien Europeans. “I imagine they might exist in massive ships,” Hawking said recently, “having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonizes whatever planets they can reach.”

Lacking official protocol, those worried about first contact can turn to the very unofficial Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion. Like Hawking, the authors believe humans would play the part of Native Americans circa 1492. They also think that, in light of the sluggish global response to natural disasters, there’s little indication that we could react effectively to invasion. Since we’ll probably be technologically outmatched, the best defense strategy would be guerilla warfare.

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I thought about this fear before — i.e., that aliens may well come in massive ships with super-advanced technology and try to take us over malevolently. But it seems no one (that I’ve seen) is talking about the spiritual nature of these ETs. The whole focus of the discussion is on technology: the ETs have it and we don’t; thus we ought to be frightened. But there are other types of advancement than technological advancement. There’s spiritual advancement.

So when I read this article (above) just now, I appreciated this comment:

Jonathan Taylor
Regarding “Slate”‘s article on planning for an alien invasion, you are missing an obvious detail in asking the question at all. Any alien invaders must master at least interplanetary travel, if not inter-stellar travel, and no society can do that while remaining warrior-minded. Humanity has proven that a society intent on violence will spend so much of its energy killing its own kind, there won’t be enough resources left to colonize their own moon, much less build an interplanetary fleet and take war to other worlds. In order to fund research into space travel, the only place humanity could find the funding would be its global military budgets, which must be spent to facilitate killing other humans. Space travellers will be peaceful entities. They visit Earth, see that we have not evolved beyond the us-good/them-bad, kill-them-all-and-let-God-sort-them-out mentality. With no one to hear their message of peace, they just leave. And they will continue to do so until humanity matures, if we can find a way to avoid rendering ourselves extinct.
Yesterday [July 17, 2010], 9:52:44 PM

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