According to this news story, the Pentagon has spent some… dubious dollars. Among the maligned projects:
• $100,000 for a 2011 workshop on interstellar space travel that included a session entitled “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?” The session probed how Christian theology would apply in the event of the discovery of aliens
Now, should we at some point discover that there are other sentient creatures out there in the universe, the question of “Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?” will become very important for Christians. The question of what creatures have souls will probably end up being the first big question, the second being: Are they sinners?
I don’t doubt that this is a big thing to ask. However, I do question whether or not the Pentagon is the group to tackle such questions. The government isn’t here to monitor religion, particularly in the United States! If they asked the question to probe whether or not security measures would have to be taken should alien contact be made, based on whether or not Christian groups would have extreme reactions, I can see this being a topic for Pentagon discussion (though I’d rather not see so many dollars being spent on it). However, if the topic was simply whether or not Jesus’ death counted for aliens…
…leave that to the theologians. Leave that to the speculators and the private citizen. The government doesn’t need to say anything about it, and the government shouldn’t say anything about it. Not their job.
Now, you as a private citizen are not the government. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you’re not spending tax dollars by reading the blog. So I bring it to you: Let’s say Klingons exist.
If Klingons existed… did Jesus die for them?
There are a lot of answers here, of course. My personal opinion is that if there are other sentient, ensouled creatures out there in the stars, something like Aslan would occur — God would become one of them and release them from sin, too.
But that’s my take. What’s yours?