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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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(p.130) 9 SETI and the Christian Understanding of Creation
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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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David Wilkinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0010

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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