Issues of Faith: Does the idea of life on other planets conflict with religion?

MOBILE, Alabama — Since before Galileo’s time, there has been friction between science and religion, but is this always necessary?

What if scientists discover – as they expect to – that life exists in some form outside the universe we know? Would such knowledge stand in conflict with the world’s major religions?

The book “Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?”¬†delves into the issue. Author David Weintraub of Vanderbilt University suggests that Buddhists may be the most comfortable with the concept of the extraterrestrial, while evangelical Christians are more likely to be confused when trying to view it in terms of faith, he told the Deseret News in a November issue.

Would life on other planets necessarily conflict with a religious perspective? What do you think? Take our unscientific, unofficial poll and add your insights below.