The religion vs. science debate has been going on for centuries. Can both exist? Is there a place for religion if there is science? Questions like these began popping up the moment Galileo started observing the stars for an explanation of our existence. From that moment, science put religion in doubt and that doubt only got bigger and bigger.
Senior writer for Science.com Mark Wall recently attended the SETICon II conference in Santa Clara, CA and went to a panel discussion with panelist Doug Vakoch and Seth Shostak, along with award-winning Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer called “Would Discovering ET Destroy Earth’s Religions?”
The panel ultimately came to the conclusion that if alien life made contact with Earth, it would most likely not shatter people’s religious beliefs. It would probably strengthen them. Throughout history, even in Galileo’s time, religion grew in numbers when scientific fact was first introduced. The idea of Creationism and the one true God have been decaying since science has become more prevalent in the world but people still hold to their beliefs in these models.