posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 10:47 AM
In the first instance, I suspect not a great deal would happen. For a start, I can't think of a religion that expressly rules out the possibility of
life elsewhere beyond all reasonable interpretation. I stand to be corrected on that matter, but the reality is that alien life forms just weren't on
the radar or agenda for those composing the original scriptures.
Of course, it's possible that one of our religions might actually be correct, and the aliens would turn up and say, "oh yes, you've had it spot on
all the time, we've met the guy, actually, really nice chap, lovely garden, he's got..." That would have implications. But even then, other
religions would dismiss the aliens as heretics and deniers of the true faith, and carry on regardless.
People construct religion in part to put a stopper in the frothing bottle of our ignorance. That is to say, the questions we cannot answer and never
will. We can keep answering them, but there will still remain questions like "WHY was there a big bang, WHO banged it"? It's inconceivable, no
matter how advanced the aliens might be, that they will have conquered the infinite nature of this line of questions. So there will always be an
excuse for us to have religions that plug the gap.