So in the news recently, over 600,000 UFO enthusiasts have signed up to storm Area 51, in the belief that Alien bodies are being kept there. I thought the story was sciency enough to warrant the attention of the forum. In an ideal world, I would hope it would be successful, so as to put to rest the mystery once and for all, even if nothing is there. However, in reality I suspect the raid will be a disaster, and many will be injured or even killed if it goes forth.
How should we respond to this? I’m looking for evidence which debunks the conspiracy theories. Also, if aliens were to be found, would it shake your faith?
In my Jewish/Noachide tradition, speculation as to the existence of life on other planets goes back a long way. The Talmud speculates as to whether or not the ‘Meroz’ mentioned in Judges 5 was another planet, whose inhabitants failed to help Israel against Sisera (Judges 5:20 mentions the stars/planets fighting against Sisera). It’s an interesting speculation, and though ultimately flawed, suggests that belief in extraterrestrial life was not theologically abhorrent to the Ancient Jewish Sages.
I am less schooled in the Christian tradition followed by most BioLogians. What have historical christian theologians such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and others had to say about alien life, if anything?