3/13(Sat) Alien & its impact on religion (Host:David Jr.)

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3/13(Sat) Alien & its impact on religion (Host:David Jr.)

文章 David Jr. »

Hello Everyone,

We are going to discuss a fascinating topic that I hosted once in 2017. The topic is about extraterrestrial life and its relation with God. I revise a bit the questions for discussion. Hope you enjoy the topic.


Article: Would Finding Alien Life Change Religious Philosophies?
Article link: https://www.livescience.com/48208-relig ... -life.html

Questions for Discussion
Session 1:
1. Do you believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life or extraterrestrial intelligence?

2. Why is it important to find we are not alone in the universe?
Are humans unique in the universe or just insignificant?

3. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in 2010 warned that humans should not try to contact alien life forms. He warned that aliens might pillage Earth for resources. "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans", he said.
What do you think about his warning?

Session 2:
4a. Is God necessary in the universe? Could the universe exist without God?
4b. What's the relationship between God, aliens, and humans?

5. Is your God the God of the universe?
Do aliens believe in God?

6. How big is the universe?
Please take a wild guess first to the following questions before you google.
6a. How many planets are there in our milky way galaxy?
6b. How many galaxies are there in the universe?
6c. How old is the universe?

3:45 ~ 4:00pm Greetings & Free Talk / Ordering Beverage or Meal / Getting Newcomer’s Information
4:00 ~ 4:10pm Opening Remarks / Newcomer’s Self-introduction / Grouping
(Session I)
4:10 ~ 4:50pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
4:50 ~ 5:10pm Summarization (20 mins)
5:10 ~ 5:15pm Regrouping / Instruction Giving / Taking a 10 Minutes Break (Intermission)
(Session II)
5:15 ~ 5:55pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
6:00 ~ 6:20pm Summarization (20 mins)
6:20 ~ 6:30pm Concluding Remarks / Announcements
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2. We suggest that participants read the articles and think about the questions in advance.
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Re: 3/13(Sat) Alien & its impact on religion (Host:David Jr.)

文章 Rock »

Great topic again from David. Another opportunity to be imaginatively philosophical and blasphemous :lol:
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Re: 3/13(Sat) Alien & its impact on religion (Host:David Jr.)

文章 Kooper »

Will finding alien life shake the foundations of existing religious beliefs? It depends.

If the extraterrestrial life found aren’t considered intelligent, like microbes, or have limited intelligence like insects, dogs or monkeys, they may not pose any threat to human religions.

On the contrary, supposing the aliens are as intelligent as us or have more advanced intelligence, their existence might pose challenges to religions on earth. Most of popular religions today are founded on the principle that humans are one of a kind and are superior to the rest creatures.

What might happen if the little green men we encounter happen to have their own religion and their own God?

That might be like water off a duck’s back to Buddhists because they worship natural law and care only about how to reach the nirvana state. One God believers like Christians and Muslims, however, might feel uncomfortable with this alien religion because their beliefs don't accept a second God and would simply dismiss the alien God as a devil in disguise.
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