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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson


If the discovery of life elsewhere in the Universe is just around the corner, what would be the consequences for religion? Would it represent another major conflict between science and religion, even leading to the death of faith? Some would suggest that the discovery of any suggestion of life would lead to a greater impact than even the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions. It is now more than fifty years since the first scientific papers were published on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Yet the religious implications of this search and possible discovery have never been ... More

Keywords: seti, christian theology, history of SETI, extra-solar planets, origin of life, Fermi paradox, interstellar communication, creation, redemption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wilkinson, author
Principal, St John's College, Durham University