I dont know what kind of impact it would have on religion, I can only guess, which is what I will do now. Remember, I am guessing and simply writing
from my own personal perspective.
The pope have stood out and said that the catholic church, considers alien life forms a possibility. So they have tried to cover their asses in case
it did happen. The catholic church is lead by a group of very intelligent people. They would without a doubt find a way to keep their religion going
and make even more money from it.
Most christians in Europe would not give it much thought. Most of us arent too religious, even though we are christians on paper. We get baptised,
married and so on. But most dont think about our religion in our daily lifes or even on sundays. There are some who do. But the vast majority have
changed their view on religion, to something not as big or important. In other words, we are ready to live without it. (Again.. MOST of us, not
Muslims and branches of that religion I cant say. I do not know enough of it. But considering that they still use their religion as the rest of us did
a few hundred years ago, they would probably be devastated and confused.
The ones I am most worried about, are the religious Americans. (No offense, really) But America has large group of what I consider extreme christians.
You know who I mean, the groups down south, who hates gay people, reads way too much into the bible and so on. How they would react to alien contact
would be dangerous. The people who are in front of these groups, would most probably try and convince their followers that the aliens are demons
comming for the rapture or some #. They would form militia groups to fight the aliens, wether or not said aliens are friendly or hostile. I know these
groups are far from the majority of religious Americans. But there are enough of them to be considers a danger.
Alien contact is an extreme event, and these people have a way of reacting in extreme ways.
Edit: As others have mentioned, it depends on the how contact is made. Are the aliens hostile or friendly and so on.
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