Here's a question I ask my religious friends - and it's one they've never been able to answer.
I'd encourage my fellow heathens on this site to give this a shot and post responses here. I'd be very interested to know if any sort of answer would be forthcoming.
My Alien test is rather simple. This is the scenario as related to a religious person.
1) Lets say humanity is contacted by or contacts an Alien species.
2) Conversing with them, we ask them about their religious views.
Now in response, we could get two possible statements
3) a. We believe in Allah/Yahweh/Hindu Gods, etc etc etc
In which case, am sure, every atheist, agnostic, non-theist and deist will reason that Allah/Yahweh or the Hindu Gods must truly exist and must be the Universal creator(s), since the probability of such a coincidence is nearly zero
However, if they say:
3) b. God? What's a God? We know how the universe came into being... In fact, here's a book which answers ALL your questions. Oh, and we can create life too! Here's how.
You humans are a funny lot! Believing in an invisible universal creator.
(Note to alien high command: First retarded human phenomena noted within minutes of first contact)
In which case will the Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jews finally accept there probably is no intelligent creator?
They will close their eyes to the mountain of evidence in front of them and will ignore the fact that there is nothing God can claim is exclusively his domain any more.
Do let me know what you think - and the responses you received when you used this test.