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Discovery of aliens could reignite tensions between science and religion

By T.K. Randall
June 4, 2024 · Comment icon 50 comments

How would the world react to such a revelation ? Image Credit: Pixabay / 0fjd125gk87
Former MoD UFO researcher Nick Pope has commented on the potential societal consequences of finding aliens.
We've often brought up the question of how our civilization would react to indisputable evidence that we are not alone in the universe - would such a revelation bring about a new age of enlightenment and prosperity or would it reignite deep-seated, centuries-old tensions between science and religion ?

According to UFO researcher Nick Pope, the latter may be more likely.

"The religious implications of finding alien life will be particularly tricky," he told Metro.

"History shows that the relationship between science and religion has always been difficult, and that differences in religious beliefs fuel divisions and hatreds that we see in the world today."
It is certainly reasonable to assume that the idea that we are only one of potentially countless intelligent civilizations in the universe may be incompatible with many belief systems.

It would be necessary for us all to adapt to the idea that our planet is not unique in the cosmos.

"Some religious scholars have considered the theological implications of extraterrestrial life, but we won't really know how this will play out until the rubber hits the road," said Pope.

There is even a term - catastrophic disclosure - used to describe the notion of negative or disastrous consequences coming about due to the announcement of the existence of extraterrestrial life.

It is therefore of critical importance, Pope argues, to consider how such a revelation might be incorporated into religions all across the world.

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Comment icon #41 Posted by Trelane 6 days ago
Nothing in your post (post #5) said anything about UFOs. Your joke was about/referenced Heaven's Gate.  Don't try and redirect it. Own your bad choice of joke.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Zebra3 6 days ago
Comment icon #43 Posted by superman73 6 days ago
If you have any reading comprehension skills,you know Zebra was talking about UFO's.
Comment icon #44 Posted by superman73 6 days ago
Holy sh#t! Trelane hates the IDEA of Alien visitation so much,you can't even joke about them! Lmfao
Comment icon #45 Posted by superman73 6 days ago
Wtf? You laughed at Zebra's joke in the earlier posts?? 
Comment icon #46 Posted by Piney 6 days ago
As long as they don't drag children into it, anymore it's hilarious. I wish those PA Moonies with their gold plated sacred AR-15s would have some cocktails.  To be perfectly honest mate, I laughed when it happened. 
Comment icon #47 Posted by quiXilver 6 days ago
Comment icon #48 Posted by Trelane 6 days ago
You've lost the plot my friend. I recommend you go back into the living room while the adults talk.  My exception is someone making a tasteless joke and then trying to back pedal on it saying it's about UFOs when it wasn't. Either way, not really funny and tasteless. If that's your bag, do you. I just will keep track of these interactions for future reference. Oh, right back at ya. I'll hang on to this the next time you choose to post more about aliens and such. You all make this far too easy sometimes.?
Comment icon #49 Posted by Sojo 4 days ago
Hi, I was being a little facetious, but you can search for all my posts on this here web site to see my thoughts on the universality of Christ and how  the Spirit of Christ (Spirit of Truth, God, The Father, etc...) is manifest throughout the universe in all galaxies, systems, etc.  I simply posit that God is One AND God is Many (E Pluribus Unum). Those among the many may spiritually progress to the point of being able to become One with God, but this is an eternally-existing ongoing process that is available to whosoever will. What it means to become One with God is something I think no one... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by White Unicorn 2 days ago
We aren't alone. I remember the Vatican putting out a statement in Time.      Time   Pope Francis: It's About More than Martians | TIME May 14, 2014 — Possibly. The idea of baptizing aliens is actually nothing new for the Vatican. The Vatican's chief astronomer, Argentine Jesuit father José Funes, explained the possibility of extraterrestrial life in 2008, when he too said that God's mercy could be offered to aliens if it were needed. He even cited Pope Francis' namesake to make his point. “This is not in contrast with the faith, because we cannot place limits on the creative freedom... [More]

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