This quote about life on other planets was sent to me by my friend Penman, a regular poster on the Biologos site. It is by Richard Baxter, one of the greatest of the 17th century Puritan writers and preachers:
I know it is a thing uncertain and unrevealed to us, whether all these globes be inhabited or not. But he that considereth, that there is scarce any uninhabitable place on earth, or in the water, or air; but men, or beasts, or birds, or fishes, or flies, or worms, and moles, do take up almost all; will think it a probability so near a certainty as not to be much doubted of, that the vaster and more glorious parts of the creation are not uninhabited; but that they have inhabitants answerable to their magnitude and glory.
quoted in “Gathered Gold”
Amazing to think that so soon after Galileo Evangelicals were not only considering, but welcoming, this issue.
The only problems I have in considering extraterrestrial life are (a) are there intelligent aliens in the image of God and (b) what happens if some of them sin – the Lord Jesus can’t, surely, die again?