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Would the discovery of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe impact your faith?

By Observer Staff

“No. My faith is based on my life experiences and would not be impacted by life elsewhere.” —Female (65-74), Ontario

“I believe life is diving and I know it is not limited to human form on Earth . . . I doubt intelligent life is limited to Earth.” —Male (50-64), Ontario

“It would reinforce my faith.” —Female (75+), British Columbia

“No. All life is in God. (We should not assume that ‘aliens’ are hostile).” —Female (75+), Ontario

“No. It would not change the fact that Jesus lived and died, and that God started it all.” —Female (35-49), Ontario

“Yes. We would try to teach our faith to them!” —Male (75+), Ontario

“No. I’m too old and they’re too far away!” —Male (65-74), British Columbia

“Maybe. That would be a pretty big deal. Although, would it make me believe in a Genesis God? No. Would it make me lose faith in God? Probably not.” —Female (25-34), New York

“Yes, I think so. It would test my faith to be inclusive and to understand something foreign.” —Male (65-74), British Columbia

“It would be exciting. I enjoy the melding of my faith and scientific discovery!” —Female (75+), Saskatchewan

“Yes. There’s no mention of life in the Bible anywhere else than on Earth.” —Female (50-64), Ontario

“No, because I don’t believe God created life.” —Male (35-49), Ontario

“No. God loves variety.” —Female minister (65-74), Alberta

“Alien spiritual practices (if any) might inform my own, or lead to a different understanding of God.” —Female (25-34), Ontario

“The discovery would be a deceptive act of Satan. God created the Earth and its inhabitants. After this will come a new Heaven and a new Earth and all saved Christians will be the inhabitants of such after Judgment Day. The Bible has no reference to extraterrestrial beings other than Angels who bring support to my faith and demons, which already test my faith.” —Female (50-64), Ontario

“Devastated. I believe we are the only creatures created in God’s image.” —Male (65-74), Newfoundland and Labrador

“I would have to work through that.” —Female minister (50-64), Ontario

“Yes. I think I would lose my faith in one God.” —Female (50-64), British Columbia

“No, I do not believe in a heaven above and I do believe in evolution. Intelligent life elsewhere in the universe would not be inconsistent with my current beliefs.” —Female (25-34), Ontario

“Yes. Intelligence (including “spiritual intelligence”) is an outgrowth of evolution. I look forward to exploring that “spiritual intelligence” with other life as much as I enjoy exploring it with other human beings.” —Male minister (35-49), British Columbia

“Don’t know. I'll worry about it when it happens — if it happens.” —Male minister (35-49), Alberta

“It would not impact my faith. All life is sacred.” —Female (35-49), Ontario

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