by Dr. D ~ December 6th, 2012
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Did Jesus die for Klingons too? An interesting question.
Apparently the Department of Defense spent over $100,000 addressing that question and others at a lecture series on deep space travel.
“Did Jesus Die for Klingons too?” was just one session at a recent workshop funded by the Defense Advances Research Projects Agency:
Further, DARPA paid nearly $100,000 for a strategy planning workshop on the 100 Year Starship project last year included an interesting discussion involving the Klingons, a fictional alien species who were villains and then later allies of humanity in the Star Trek series.
The session entitled "Did Jesus die for Klingons too?" featured philosophy professor Christian Weidemann of Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum who pondered the theological conflict to Christianity if intelligent life was found on other planets. (page 17)
Response: Did Jesus die for Klingons too? An interesting question but not one that I would have asked even though I am a long time fan of the Star Trek franchise. But it did catch my eye this morning.What I would be asking is why the DOD might be spending money addressing an issue that is fictional at worse and years away from any serious contemplation at best.
Professor Weidemann apparently was contending that the discovery of intelligent life on other planets would be a potential problem for Christianity? Maybe not so much if you truly believe what the Bible says- that Jesus was co-creator of the universe:
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. –Colossians 1:16 ESV