The term “exotheology” first appeared in the mid-1960s. Rabbi Norman Lamm was possibly the first person to use the term in print, in his 1965 essay, “The Religious Implications of Extraterrestrial Life: A Jewish Exotheology” [Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. Vol. 7/8, Vol. 7, no. 4/Vol. 8, no. 1 (WINTER, 1965 – SPRING, 1966), pp. 5-56].
Rabbi Lamm defined exotheology, in light of exobiology, as “a religious conception of a universe in which man is not the only rational inhabitant.”
Christian Exotheology, specifically, is speculative theology aimed at anticipating possible future objections to the Christian faith in the event that extraterrestrial life is discovered. Historically, Christianity has had a variety of positions on exotheology, ranging from knee-jerk rejection of the possibility of extraterrestrial life to insistence that the omnipotence of God required that He created a plurality of inhabited worlds. This site is dedicated to discussing issues related to the UFO phenomenon and the search for extraterrestrial life and its implications.
Gary Bates’ Alien Intrusion is an Amazon bestseller that claims to deliver the Biblical truth about Ufology and exotheology*. Unfortunately his anti-alien dogma is built upon a foundation of logical fallacies and bad Bible interpretation.
Like Bates, there are well-meaning pastors, apologists and theologians that believe that extraterrestrial life is impossible because they believe the Bible’s anthropocentric focus prevents it or that it might actually falsify the Bible somehow. Although the Bible is silent on the subject of alien life, they give people the false impression that they have to choose between the Bible and aliens. This unnecessary fear-mongering could place a potential stumbling block to the faith if extraterrestrials truly exist.
This site serves as an antidote to potentially damaging anti-alien arguments.
Exotheology.org (aka Creation Exotheology or AlienDelusion.org) is a ministry of DefGen.org.
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