archive: RE: SETI The Drake Equation - Theology

RE: SETI The Drake Equation - Theology

John Willcox ( willcox@voicenet.com )
Fri, 21 May 1999 15:47:02 -0400

John Marcus wrote:
"A religious message might be the content."
That is an astonishing idea! When you think about it, a lot of
first cultural contacts in our history were motivated or justified
on religious grounds. Anyone who listens to SW broadcast
can hear powerful stations, all religious. (Just don't know what
to say if ET asks for donations ;-)
The search for the Divine, for Enlightenment has a strong pull for us,
and mystics are probably right in saying that it is part of our makeup.
Would a _more_ social being not have these drives? Their needs
being met by the "collective"? (I really don't know enough sociology.)
I too am excited about the idea of religions in the cosmos!
My wife took a Theology degree and has since wanted to write about
the coincidence of Christian and Jewish mysticism and philosophy.
If you squint a little, you can see how many religions can converge on
a common wisdom. We have a lot to learn, and maybe to teach! :-)

John Willcox