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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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