Pop Theology: Those Gods from Outer Space

Although spaceflights have detected no life on the moon or Mars, they have nonetheless increased speculation both theological and secular—about whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. Some of the religious pondering has been a serious effort to prepare for that possibility (TIME, Jan. 24), but much of it—like the subject itself has been rather far out. The two most recent examples come from Europe. In Germany, a Swiss hotelman has published a bestselling book claiming that highly intelligent space travelers visited earth during man's early history and became the...

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