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This survey has sought to provide data relevant to confirming or disconfirming the following hypothesis: upon confirmation of contact between earth and an extraterrestrial civilization of intelligent beings, the long established religious traditions of earth would confront a crisis of belief and perhaps even collapse. Responses from persons self-identifying with one of seven major religious traditions report that they do not fear an impending collapse in their own religious belief system. Taking into account a minority who for theological or scientific reasons affirm the rare earth position, relatively little fragility in existing religious beliefs seems evident.

If the hypothesis of impending religious collapse might be considered true, the burden of proof lies with those advocating the hypothesis. Advocates would have to claim that religious believers are not themselves in the best position to understand their own beliefs. Advocates would have to provide evidence that despite the self-understanding of religious believers it is still the case that such belief is subject to challenge by new knowledge of ETIL. To our knowledge, such proof has not yet been introduced into the public argument. Until it is, we are confident that the self-understanding of self-identified religious believers counts significantly in disconfirming the hypothesis.

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The Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey - Introduction
The Scientific Warrant for this Survey
Previous Relevant Surveys
Survey Design
Subject Recruitment
Analysis of Responses to Questions 3-5
Analysis of Responses to Questions 6-10
Sources Cited
Full Report Documents and Appendices


Ted Peters Ted Peters
Dr. Ted Peters
and Julie Froehlig

See also:

AstroTheology: Religious Reflections on Extraterrestrial Life Forms
Evangelical Atheism Today: A Response to Richard Dawkins
Theistic Evolution: A Christian alternative to atheism, creationism and intelligent design
Does God Exist?
Does God Act?
The Relation of Science & Religion