The Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey - Introduction
The Peters ETI
Religious Crisis Survey was constructed to test 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 individuals self-identifying with seven
religious traditions - Roman Catholicism, mainline Protestantism, evangelical Protestantism,
Orthodox Christianity, Mormonism, Judaism, and Buddhism - indicate widespread acceptance
of the existence of ETI and incorporation of ETI into their existing belief systems.
Religious persons, for the most part, do not fear contact. Forecasts regarding imminent
collapse of earths religious belief systems were found to be more prevalent among
non-religious respondents than among religious respondents. This survey provides
evidence that tends to disconfirm the hypothesis.
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Principal Investigator, Professor of Systematic Theology,
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary [Institute for Theology and Ethics]
and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA
Science Teacher, St. Johns School, San Francisco CA
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