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Ali Straws
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Icon 10 posted June 26, 2011 17:03      Profile for Ali Straws   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's a fair enough question, is it not? XD

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yes, why not. The question is, why would the alien want to be babtized?

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Icon 1 posted June 26, 2011 19:36      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I expect I'd have to ask some questions, which would depend on my religion and/or denomination...

TV Evangelist: What's its credit card number?

Mid-western Evangelist: Given its exotic biology, how do I decide if it's 'Gay'?

Catholic: Given its exotic biology, can it sing in the choir, and where do I stick my d**k?

Jewish: Is it Kosher (count various body parts) and what part do I circumcise?

Calvanist: Am I predestined to baptize this critter?

Scientologist: Is it from the planet Xenu, and did it arrive here in an intergalactic DC-3?

Zen Buddhist: What is the sound of one tentacle clapping?

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It's OK to baptize Mexicans, as long as they have their green card.

Oh, wait, did you mean another kind of alien? [evil]

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I guess it depends on whether I believed my god to be the god of Earth or of the universe. Also, what if the alien were aquatic? How would I baptize it? Would I consider it a soulless animal and not feel the need to baptize? I guess it would depend on my theological bent. Would I get publicity and a chance to be on TV if I did? In that case I would do it, because I would be a venal pastor.
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best thought from this thread yet!

quote:
also, what if the alien were aquatic?


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How 'bout if they're silicon based and burst into
flame on contact with water? Holy or otherwise...

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why would a silicon based life form burst into flames when they come into contact with water?

You're thinking of column I based life forms.

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Maybe he burnt his feet at the beach and misunderstood what made the sand hot?

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Ash:

Checking here may clear it up some. I remember somewhere reading
that the Horta in Star Trek TOS could exist as silicon life
but only at temperatures much higher than shown and
in the absence of free oxygen. There's an argument
that life based on long chain silicon and oxygen
polymers (silicone) could exist in a more earth-like
environment. There is some silicone based life now but
most of it is concentrated in southern California.

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We Unitarians don't baptise much of anybody.

Little known fact about CW: I am an ordained minister.

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quote:
Originally posted by CW Smith:
Little known fact about CW: I am an ordained minister.

Me too.

I'm a minister of the church of P.O. Box 8041, Fresno, CA, and I have the mail-order certificate to prove it.

/me has a sis-in-law with a strange sense of humour.

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If the alien has travelled to Earth it's too late for baptism.....the poor bugger has already gone to Hell! [Razz]

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Why wouldn't you baptize the alien? Granted I am religious and many here are not, but it seems like a no brainer to me. If an alien felt the commitment to faith, why wouldn't you baptize the alien.
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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
Why wouldn't you baptize the alien? Granted I am religious and many here are not, but it seems like a no brainer to me. If an alien felt the commitment to faith, why wouldn't you baptize the alien.

Maybe your Pope/Archbishop/Swami/Televangelist has ruled that Only Humans Have Souls.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
Why wouldn't you baptize the alien? Granted I am religious and many here are not, but it seems like a no brainer to me. If an alien felt the commitment to faith, why wouldn't you baptize the alien.

I'm a little late to this one, but I agree that if the alien wanted it, there's not really a reason I can think of to say "no".

However, if you ever read C.S. Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet" and "Perelandra" (the first two in Lewis' "Space Trilogy"), his idea is that maybe some planets wouldn't need that, not having fallen as ours has.

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Here is what I say!

All he has to do is send ten dollars to the church of the sacred bleeding heart of Jesus located somewhere in Los Angeles, California, and sure, I'd do it!

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