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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence$
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David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001

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SETI and the Christian Understanding of Creation

SETI and the Christian Understanding of Creation

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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

The possible success of SETI is considered in terms of its impact on the Christian understanding of creation. This consists of two main aspects—the first being a new view of God as creator, and then second, a new view of being human. The discovery of both intelligent and non-intelligent life is considered, and biblical doctrines are reviewed in this light. It is suggested that far from being a problem for Christian theology, Christian theology encourages SETI and indeed may favour the existence of other life in the Universe.

Keywords:   creation, laws of physics, creation ex nihilo, humanity, worship, psalm 8, image of God

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