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Re: Fundamentalist Religion & ET Intelligence

From: Elsie Conner <elsie_conner.nul>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:55:32 -0400
Archived: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 03:22:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Fundamentalist Religion & ET Intelligence


>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:38:44 +0100
>Subject: Re: Fundamentalist Religion & ET Intelligence

>>From: Elsie Conner <elsie_conner.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:28:03 -0400
>>Subject: Fundamentalist Religion & ET Intelligence

>>This is the first three parts of a multi-part study regarding
t>>he relationships between extraterrestrial life and
>>fundamentalist religion. These initial three articles cover five
>>different surveys of the possible impact that certain knowledge
>>of alien civilization would have upon organized Religion.

><snip>

>Hi Elsie,

>Could you indicate how the term 'fundamentalist' is defined
>throughout this study?

Hi Gerald,

An excellent question! I began these articles with the
restricted concept of fundamentalist religion, based on my early
personal experience, as a group bound by a rigidly defined set
of core values and belief systems based upon a literal
interpretation of the Bible.

As I started this study I planned to address the Christian
fundamentalist view on ETI specifically. But as I was doing the
research, I discovered a rich and diverse history of religious
views on the question of ETI that went back centuries.

My review led to more papers on the subject from both
theologians and scientists.

For the next installment, I plan to talk about the historical
background of religious views on ETI. Then there will be a
discussion of some published papers on ETI, and lastly, I will
wrap up with the actual fundamentalist view of ETI along with
some of my own personal viewpoints.

The paper turned into a bigger animal than I thought it would
and I realize I am only scratching the surface of this diverse
topic. The idea is to give people a few ideas they could read
with their morning coffee.

Not all viewpoints that I will be writing about would be
considered a Christian fundamentalist view. As far as the
surveys mentioned in parts I, II, & III, I am sure not all
participants would be considered fundamentalist, but some of
them were. The Peters survey did use non-religious participants.

I hope this helped answer your question. You bring up a good
point and what I really need to do is add a subtitle since the
paper is turning out to be about more than just fundamentalist
religious viewpoints.


Elsie



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