Alien invasions signal the next step in the evolution of religion and religious principles beyond convention

I have been reading Robert Wright's "The Evolution of God" and a lot of primitive reasoning that lead to the emergence of religious thought stems from explaining the inexplicable phenomena relevant to the times. Tribal shamans and their people believed that natural phenomena like the sun, clouds, wind and water, for example, were great powers that bear the fate of their people with their behaviour. Many of these themes continued onwards into monotheism with God being the modulator of the living standards of the people. The only major difference was a shift towards abstraction of the perception of God's powers as well as an increase in focus on abstract principles like morality.

Religion from this point of history onwards is very recent when perceived within the larger historical context of cultural evolution and development. The current uses of religion still focus on these abstract principles though they are gradually losing power and along with it, persuasion, mainly due to their lack of credible reasoning. It was once acceptable to believe that the sun was a god. And it is currently acceptable to believe a god governs human morality. But at some point it seems that the greater explanatory power of modern academics will eventually trump this form of reasoning.

This is where the aliens come in. There is a growing trend in pop culture of alien invasion. Same can be said of vampires and zombies. But with aliens in particular we are beginning to witness a shift in scale. No longer are we confined to the religious boundaries of nations or even continents, but entire worlds are at stake. There is emergent thinking of humanity as a unified world against external forces, forces that we consider possible though we have no direct evidence for their existence. The realm of science fiction is based on possibility and natural phenomena as well as abstract principles like life and its extension beyond humanity. Maybe within sci-fi lies the next gods.

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I have never heard of Robert Wright and I have never heard of his book, either. But God does not change. He's immutable. The Christian perspective looks like this: He made Adam and Eve, and they were close personal friends, then Adam and Eve ate the fruit so they got kicked out of paradise, along with a host of punishments, but they were promised that they would be let back in. Eventually. After that God laid low for a while because He's God and He does what He wants. Then He slowly revealed himself to his people over generations. Humanity got messed up once Adam and Eve got the boot, so he had to help them get back on track. After a roller coaster of emotions and wars and stuff, they get back on track and are promised a savior. His name was Jesus and He was crucified probably in 33 AD. He was a cool guy but He couldn't stick around forever, so He picked a bunch of single men to drop everything and pick up where He left off before his final farewell. Those dudes did a great job, and then each one was slaughtered in a really painful/humiliating way. The groundwork they left has been in place ever since, unchanged. When it traveled somewhere new, it adapted to fit the location in some unimportant (read: aesthetic) ways, but in the matters of faith and morals and such, it is the same as its always been.

So back to your question, and this book. God does not evolve. God does not change. The people who worship change. The tradition surrounding the worship changes. But God does not change. The change in tradition ended in the year 33 because God literally came to Earth, became a man, and showed everyone how it's done. So just because no one offers burnt sacrifices on stone altars anymore means that my God is totally different from the one in the Bible? That is not the case. Anyways, I'm rambling now, but the point is that aliens wouldn't change anything.

Lastly, if you think religion doesn't have any credible evidence, I dare you to read GK Chesterton and then say that. CS Lewis, even. Mere Christianity is a good start, for what it's worth.

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