This subject of contact with extraterrestrials and its implications for religion have always fascinated me.
Will we discover that aliens have accessed the transcendent in ways remarkably similar to own through God/mortal hybrids such Jesus, prophets such as Muhammad, or spiritual mystics such as Buddha? Or will we discover, much to our consternation, if not outright shock, that our spirituality has not even progressed beyond a rudimentary level?
Is it possible that will we ascertain that extraterrestrials have moved so far beyond any notion of transcendence, having so fully incorporated the values of the transcendent into their alien psyches that they no longer give transcendence so much as a passing thought – or even that through this incorporation, they have come to resemble God?
Here’s the really fascinating thought – or spooky one, depending on how one looks at it: Many scientists maintain that alien contact is not a matter of if but when. Perhaps we are only years or even months away from this critical juncture in our history – alien contact – when our spirituality will challenged or, perhaps, expanded in ways we currently can scarcely conceive.