Leading Catholic theologian Dr. Paul Thigpen studies the potential impact of the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial life on religious beliefs about “demons”.
Aliens are “demons” sent by evil powers, according to religious scholars.
As the US government investigates 144 UFO sightings reported by military pilots, theological experts explore the potential impact of the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial life on religion.
They strive to explain to the faithful why there is no allusion to the existence of extraterrestrial life in religious texts such as the Bible.
And they think the best way to explain some UFO sightings is to think of aliens as “demons.”
They say accounts of people who claim to have been abducted by aliens “show clear parallels” to “demonic encounters”.
Renowned Catholic theologian Dr. Paul Thigpen said the investigation of UFOs – or “unidentified aerospace and underwater phenomena” as they are now called – indicates that the government “knows a lot more than it knows. says so”.
He told the National Catholic Register: “With UAPs, we could actually be dealing with extraordinary phenomena of diverse origins despite similar characteristics.
“The extraterrestrial hypothesis – the notion that we encounter non-human intelligences from places in the universe beyond Earth – best explains many UAPs. »
“The diabolical assumption – that they are demons – best explains some UAP reports, particularly some of the so-called ‘alien abductions’ which demonstrate clear parallels to what the Church knows as encounters demonic. »
Dr Thigpen, who wrote a book called Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith, said that if extraterrestrials exist, they were “created by God” and are “under the lordship of Christ”.
“God loves these creatures – he loves everything he created,” he said.
The US-based Orthodox Christian Information Center agrees. According to a 2012 article by the late Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna, “one cannot ultimately escape the conclusion” that the alien abductors are “demons or ghosts created by demonic power.”
“In the first place, they look like demons. They appear to be material creatures and yet have a transparent character,” he wrote.
“According to the teachings of the Church, demons are spirit beings, that is, fallen angels. »
“But because they are corrupt and degenerate, they thrive on human passions – they feed on them. »
“This explains the almost universal sexual exploitation of their captives by extraterrestrial captors. Second, during their physical examination of abductees, aliens inflict pain on their victims and frequently scar them. »
According to him, “classic demonic possession” – which the Orthodox Church has known for centuries – “explains the alien abductions that we observe in modern times”.
But due to the decline of religious beliefs, modern humans no longer have the “Christian framework with which to explain them.”