- St John's Wood, London UK
The finer points of orthodox/fundamentalist religion are not my strong suit. I’ve read elsewhere that, if aliens proved to be real, those with strong religious beliefs would go nuts. Admittedly, I have not thought it through or studied any religious texts. But might it also be possible that fundamentalists would quickly expand their dogmas as necessary without breaking a sweat? For example “yes, well, of course god created all of the universe, not just earth… And he no doubt created these flying saucer jockeys too. Therefore, these aliens also worship him, even if they have different traditions about him or even if they now do not believe at all.” They will then scurry to find ways to “prove” this argument. Or am I assuming more flexibility than is warranted? (Although I “get” that there will always be a few numbskulls who will automatically declare the aliens as demons and go straight to the holy war option.) Mind you, I have absolutely no idea if any aliens who might be out there are we-come-in-peace Captain Kirk types, or you-will-be-assimilated Borg types. I kinda like the idea that, when first contact is made, the U.S. President and the U.N. Secretary General will be thumbing through old Star Trek Next Generation scripts to find a way forward.
With all ruckus already here on the plate a few more shrimp on the barbie shouldn't be any concern.