Let’s assume for the sake of this argument that there are extraterrestrial civilizations.
One of those civilizations sends a “Welcome Wagon” our way, and the human race on this planet now has incontrovertible proof that we are not the only sentient species in this universe.
What would our religious leaders say about this? For instance, how would the doctrines of Christianity apply to these extraterrestrials? This question has occurred to me because more than once I’ve heard the saying that God created man in his own image, and since it is probably safe to assume that extraterrestrials will not be a dead ringer for humans, what then would be the explanation for this situation?
And what do you think is the most likely reaction by the majority of the world’s religious leaders to an event like this?