ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

Category Archives: Theological Implications of Extraterrestrial Life

William Lane Craig on Romans 8, Ezekiel 1, extraterrestrial intelligence, and UFO

This is a transcript from William Craig Lane’s Reasonable Faith podcast, from 17 August 2008, available here, via iTunes, and elsewhere.

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Interviewer: It seems, Dr. Craig, that the Bible is largely silent about this issue [UFOs, aliens, flying saucers].

Lane: I think it is, silent, Kevin. The scriptures are given to human beings as God’s revelation to people on this planet. And therefore there’s no reason to think that there could not be persons that God has created in some unknown galaxy that we have no idea about, and he has provided a revelation of himself to them as well. I think it would be presumptuous to say that we know that he hasn’t done that.

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Lane: I’m puzzled by folks who seem to think, that if life, intelligent life, were discovered somewhere else or that if it were to come here that somehow this would be a disproof of Christianity. I…  that seems to me to be a complete non-sequitor. It doesn’t follow, because Christianity simply doesn’t speak to the question of whether or not God has created life elsewhere in the universe.

[Interesting / helpful comments on the idea that the vastness of the universe points to the likelihood of extraterrestrial life.] Read more of this post

“Are the Gliesans Going to Hell?”: Extraterrestrial implications of cosmic view of the fall

From Christianity and Extraterrestrial Life: Are the Gliesans Going to Hell? (Karl Giberson, Ph.D. BioLogos Foundation. Posted: October 10, 2010 09:00 AM, Huffington Post)

I almost didn’t read this article — even with a title like that — because I’ve seen many articles that only repeat the kind-of old refrain, saying “Oh, look — this extraterrestrial thing could become an issue for Christianity.” But in this article, Giberson makes a point I haven’t seen before: that interpreting Genesis traditionally literally (i.e., as if when it refers to “heavens and earth” it means the whole universe) means having to draw some absurd conclusions in regards to possible extraterrestrial life.

This is the last part of the article.

The creative interpretative scheme used by the Young Earth Creationists leads them to find biblical support for claims about laws that science discovered centuries later. Other Young Earth Creationists suggest that the Second Law of Thermodynamics actually appeared for the first time as the scientific consequence of sin.

In this view, the sin of the first human affected everything, even stars trillions of miles away. Read more of this post

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