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Russian Orthodox Church Excludes UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 09:58:00 -0400
Archived: Fri, 16 May 2008 09:58:00 -0400
Subject: Russian Orthodox Church Excludes UFOs

Source: Interfax News Agency - Moscow, Russia


15 May 2008

The Orthodox Church Negates UFO-People - A Theology Professor

Moscow, May 15, Interfax - The Orthodoxy excludes a possibility
of existing extraterrestrial intelligence, the famous theologian
and professor of the Moscow Theological Academy Alexey Osipov

"From the point of Orthodox theology, there're no grounds for
talking about extraterrestrial civilizations that have reason
and can create something," Osipov said to Interfax-Religion.

According to him, such position is based on the fact that "the
New Testament lacks" allusions to extraterrestrial forms of
intelligent life.

"Secondly, there have been very many people in the Church who
reached highest degree of God-likeliness and sanctity but no one
of them has ever mentioned them (extraterrestrial civilizations
- IF), though they pointed out to many other things," Osipov

This argument was also important, he stressed.

Besides, the professor said that modern astronomy "advancing
into the depth of the Universe still hasn't found any planet
with the life similar to that on Earth."

"We have solid grounds to negate existence of any
extraterrestrial intelligent civilization," he summed up.

Osipov noted that the Orthodox Church didn't consider this
question on purpose to arrive to a certain conclusion. Though
according to him, some theologians who studied the question of
extraterrestrial civilization concluded that space world is very
rich and there are phenomena, which remain unknown. But they
believe these to be of astronomic character rather than of
spiritual one.

According to the professor, there is still another view point
which was expressed by Seraphim Rose, a "well-known hieromonk
and deserving respect ascetic of the 20th century" who first
studied Eastern philosophy, "was deeply involved in searching
the truth and after long quests joined Orthodoxy."

Osipov noted that Rose admitted that there were "spirits who
surround Earth and penetrate in human world and even influence
certain people or some vital processes."

"He said that these spirits couldn't be attributed to holy
spirits or angels and church language call them demons," Osipov

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