Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It? by David A. Weintraub

Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It?Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It? by David A. Weintraub

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I pulled a thread from a post I saw and eventually drilled down to this book by Weintraub. Be warned: the first word in the title really doesn’t come into play until 2/5 into the book. Weintraub spends that time talking mostly about detection of extraterrestrial life. Then he dives into religion in general and individual religions in specific.

Well, not exactly individual religions. Given that there are so many flavors of Christianity, he addresses many of the different sects in discrete chapters. And then he goes off in to the non-Christian religions. I was surprised to see Jainism and the Bahá’í Faith!

There is a lot of information packed into this book. Weintraub did his research, and this is rather academic. His conclusions might actually work in theory, but I suspect for the common practitioners of the different religions – most of whom that I’m encountered seem to not really know that much about their faiths that isn’t told to them from the pulpit or dais – might not agree with the doctrines.

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