I saw the McLaughlin program on Easter Day concerning the possibility
of life on other planets. Two astrophysicists were in the studio; Paul
Davies was quoted; and Dr. Ted Peters, a theologian at the Institute
of Religion and Science at Berkeley, was on line via phone.
For me, the most sensational remark on the program followed the quotation
from Davies that if life were discovered on another planet, it would
be bad news for Christianity. Theologian Peters corrected him, saying
that he misunderstood Christian doctrine: Christ's act of redemption
was for the entire universe (he seemed to mean "creation"). I think
he was not universalistic, and that he was teaching on PBS, of all places,
one of the central tenets of Reformed Christian theology. Wow!
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