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Featured If there is life on other planets

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Riders, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Falvlun

    Falvlun Earthbending Lemur
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    There’s been plenty of people born on this planet who never heard about Christianity, either because the were born before Jesus or because they were born in the wrong location.

    God didn’t bother sending them their own Jesus so I’m not sure why he’d care about the Martians any more.
  2. blü 2

    blü 2 Well-Known Member
    Premium Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    The whole question was examined by C.S. 'Jack' Lewis in his trilogy Out of the Silent Planet 1938 (Mars has been redeemed, fallen Earth is the 'silent planet'), Perelandra aka Voyage to Venus 1943 (Venus is saved when the hero kills the Tempter and prevents another Fall) and That Hideous Strength 1945 (the hero saves Earth from nasties). In case the plots are too subtle for the reader, the hero's name is Ransom.

    Lewis had a reputation as a theologian eg The Screwtape Letters (1942), so it's curious that in the stories, his Christian remedy for evil is to find the evil people and kill them. I know there was a war on, and that the Nazis were particularly unlovable, but as Christianity goes, it just sounds like urging barbarity against barbarity ─ not another cheek to be seen anywhere.
    #22 blü 2, Aug 13, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018
  3. siti

    siti Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2017
    No - on Mars, "all that groks is God" - Jesus doesn't really come into it.