Theologians Prepare for Alien Contact

Earlier this year, Internet discussion forums were ablaze with a somewhat bizarre debate over whether extraterrestrials can go to Heaven. But more serious theologians have less provincial questions to ask, and some of these questions were explored at NASA’s September astrobiology symposium, titled (appropriately enough) Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth. The event echoes similar interdisciplinary symposia on the social impact of discovering extraterrestrial life and the academic community’s possible responses to it.

While the full recording of the two-day symposium is not yet available online (the Library of Congress has promised to make it available within the near future), this 73-minute panel discussion from June on astrobiology and theology hints at some of the topics under discussion (though the symposium itself fortunately reflects a more diverse range of speakers):……

https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/12/theologians-prepare-for-alien-contact/