Well, is there?
This is a serious question because Creationism sort of relies on there not being life elsewhere. According to Genesis, God created everything for us, his children. If He has spawned other ‘children’ elsewhere, that makes him a bit profligate doesn’t it! And, since he is a noticeably absent father to his offspring here on Earth, is he a good role model for responsible parenting?
Is it likely that there is life elsewhere?
It’s highly probable that alien life exists because we have discovered that there are lots of planets for life to be on. Allow me to explain…
Earth is a planet orbiting the sun, which is a star. Our star is one of about 100,000,000,000 stars in a galaxy called The Milky Way. There is an estimated 200,000,000,000 other galaxies in the known universe each with around 100 billion stars of their own. A typical star has seven planets orbiting it. Click on the pic to see me explaining this to a lecture theatre full of Muslim students at Manchester University.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we are getting better at investigating the universe. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularworldbyaai/2020/11/et-vs-god/
Early men had to make do with their eyes for observing the night sky, but developments in telescopes have enormously increased our ability to detect astronomical objects. Thanks to Kepler and Hubble, the satellite telescopes, we now have evidence for the existence of a great many exoplanets orbiting distant stars.
In November 2013, astronomers reported, based on Kepler space mission data, that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars and red dwarfs in the Milky Way alone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Space_Telescope
In a year’s time the launch of the next generation space telescope, named James Webb, will take the investigation forward with a larger field of view and greater resolution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Webb_Space_Telescope
Let’s watch these developments with interest!
Video by Islamic Education and Research Academy