1. I love this post!  This is a question I’ve had to grapple with, because my book deals with two alien worlds with their own races, and modern-day Earth is in the mix too (where, of course, Christ came!).  Whether the villain race can be saved is unknown to my protagonists, but the other non-human race can be…they fell into sin in the beginning of their world, and God told them one day news of a Savior would come from another world.  Christ’s blood covers them like it does humans.

    I’ve always held that part of the reason His blood can cover us is because He shares our *humanity*, through His mother Mary, so it stretches my theological imagination a bit to suggest His blood could cover a non-human…but then it’s fiction! 😉

    • The chapter I quoted from Hebrews also called it “necessary” that Jesus share in our humanity … but then, we’d have to define humanity. I’ve read old sci-fi works that used “human” the way the genre now uses “sentient”.

      Personally, I think it’s possible that fallen alien races, if they do exist, may be redeemed by the Cross. The question would be God’s to decide, and how do we know what He would or wouldn’t do?

  2. Excellent post, and I fully agree. This is not a problem at all for Christian theology, let alone an insurmountable one — and your reminder of what the Bible tells us about angels makes that especially clear.

    As many here would already know, C.S. Lewis did a fascinating take on the question of alien/non-human redemption in his SF novels Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. I think there’s a lot more room for creative speculation on this point, and as Lewis proved, it can certainly be done without compromising the essence of the Biblical message, or undermining the enormous importance of the cross.

    • Lewis wrote a little about aliens in Miracles, too, even touching the whole issue of Christianity’s supposedly “Man-centric” view of the universe. He said somewhere (I can’t remember where) that maybe the vast distances of space were God’s quarantine, to keep the infection of sin from spreading.

      I do think “creative speculation”, as you call it, would be fun. You’d have to understand Christianity first, though. I say this because whoever wrote “Did Jesus Save the Klingons?” clearly doesn’t.

  3. Terrific post. Makes me want to get C.S. Lewis out for another reread. Thank you!

  4. Excellent approach to this question, Shannon. You’ve given us the Biblical view of the subject which is much better than mere speculation.


  5. kim says:

    But what most interests me about the Christianity vs. aliens debate is not the reality, nor even the theory. It’s the sense that some of the people engaged in the debate actually think they’ve found a new question.

    So basically you’re saying Vulcans can’t get saved?? Why that’s illogical!! Seriously!! I mean, what about Legolas? Surely Jesus died for him, right?? Ok, I’ll move on now.

  6. Tamra Wilson says:

    My stories feature elves (and other fantasy creatures) who are basically humanity’s equals, but are affected by the choice of man and are considered fallen (similar to the Perelandrans). Therefore, they have the choice to follow Jesus (who they call the Ard Ri) just the same as humans. Problem: I have half-animal characters, (fauns, centaurs, mermaids) so that’s a bit of an issue. Any help here?

What do you think?