The Need for a New Paradigm

The theology of any given human worldview plays a central role as the purveyor of a set of beliefs concerning what goes on outside of the physical parameters of our universe. These beliefs coalesce into the pillar beliefs of any world view: cosmology, teleology, ontology, and epistemology.

These pillar beliefs undergo a radical change as a direct result of the discovery of the fact that we are not the only intelligent and technologically advanced species. Indeed we may well be less evolved intellectually, technologically, and spiritually than other species in our own galaxy.

The resulting mode of ethical reasoning that results from these pillar beliefs occasions the development of new philosophical and theological systems. This new theology will, necessarily, require a new ministry to spread the details of this new set of perspectives about our species and our place in the galaxy and the wider universe.

We can expect all of the current traditional modes of spiritual practice will try to accommodate this new post-contact reality. However, the radical transformation of all areas of human endeavor and knowledge will require a new internally consistent theological framework consistent with the Eighth Paradigm world view.

Current Theologies Cannot be Adapted

The current traditional modes of spiritual practice, as institutions, will try to amend their traditional theologies to try to include these radically new aspects of reality. However, the new human culture that will be generated by the integration of the key aspects of these two major alterations in our human reality in the 21st century into all of the disparate fields of human knowledge calls for the formulation of a new and thoroughly self-consistent world view with its own unique theology.

The Need to Start Now

In order to avoid having our human theologies swept aside or subsumed into an extraterrestrial one, then we need to begin to develop the specifics of a new theology which assumes that we are not necessarily the central focus of the unfolding of the cosmos.

Setting the Stage for Disclosure

Once we show political and religious leaders that there is a way to adjust our own secular and spiritual worldviews to accommodate the scientific insights of quantum mechanics and other intelligent life forms, we can create a climate for disclosure of the contact information they may have. Without our initiative, these leaders will try to create a new worldview that saves current institutions and their prerogatives.

Creating More Accountable Institutions

The creation of our own secular and spiritual post-contact worldview can give humans a central position of importance and political leverage regarding communication with extra-terrestrials. Without our initiative the information channels will continue to be controlled by elites and used to protect their current status.

Readiness for Contact

Our work to develop and spread the Post-Contact Eighth Paradigm world view has the possibility to show intelligent extra-terrestrial life forms that we are preparing for contact in a way to reduce hostility and fear.

The most important reason why we need a new post contact “Eighth Paradigm” worldview is to motivate those who do believe that there is a very real spiritual dimension to reality to work out the very best reasons why people should not lose faith in the cosmic role and importance of the human species. This will be even more critical if we encounter intelligent life forms which are significantly more evolved than we are.


One of the best reasons for developing an Eighth Paradigm theology and spirituality is to show other intelligent life forms, when we encounter them, that we have some level of sophistication. In short, we can show, that we are not primitives and that we articulate a view of the cosmos that includes other intelligent life forms.

In the unlikely event that the extra-terrestrials we encounter do not have a theology, we will need a cosmic or non-homo sapiens centered theology to share with them. Otherwise we will not have a theology to share with them which will have any relevance to them. Their lack of a theology could lead humans to view this other species as inferior and to create a climate of hostility with potentially violent repercussions.


The creation and spread of a cosmic theology which is not focused exclusively on humans will be a positive step forward for humanity. We can develop a better sense of what is true. We can develop a notion human spirituality from a fresh perspective, freed from perspectives and formulations of the distant past in which we are still largely ensnared.

Clearly, a wooden casting off of all such traditional antecedents would be unwise since we could throw out “the baby with the bathwater.” Although, this is a task that will take a lot of effort, the development of a theological construct which allows for and assumes the presence of other intelligent life forms, it is a valuable undertaking in its own right regardless of when we may encounter others from across the stars.

The Role of the New Paradigm Institute

While it is understandable that, upon the first publicly confirmed contact with extra- terrestrials, attention will turn immediately to the question of what steps will have to be undertaken by governmental officials to responsibly respond to this extraordinary event. Another portion of our human family will have to address the social, psychological, philosophical and theological impact that this extraordinary event is going to have on our planetary society in order to sway the governmental response in a positive direction. Indeed, it is very possible that it will become necessary to have this latter popular response drive our government’s response away from a direction than they might otherwise be inclined to undertake pursuant to their own instincts.

Who Will Undertake This Task?

The public statement issued by The Catholic Church in October of 2009 provides some grounds for hope that the institutional churches within our human culture might mobilize in time to undertake this important service to our human family. However, the history of churches and religious organizations over the centuries is not encouraging. Indeed, specific overtures made to the institutional churches within the past two decades to begin to responsibly plan for and prepare for this experience have not been well received. This raises the distinct likelihood that our current religious institutions will not adequately prepare our human family for first contact. They are unlikely to educate or mobilize their members and a critical mass of humanity to take the steps necessary to influence military and political institutions to handle first encounter in a more supple and intelligent manner.

Therefore, some other, appropriately sophisticated, UFO-aware, philosophical and theological human movement must provide both a stimulus and a vehicle for the necessary philosophical and theological discussions. This discussion will have to be generated and undertaken among our civilian population in order to provide the positive motive force that will be necessary to stop our political and military institutions from reacting inappropriately to this interstellar consciousness – expanding encounter.

Many Worldviews, One World

What Makes a Worldview?

It is commonly understood that there exist questions in philosophy and physics that are beyond the scope of our limited human senses and intellect. However, we all come to our own conclusions to create a self-consistent and complete view of the universe and our place in it. The way that we answer these “unanswerable” questions (i.e. How did the universe come into being? How did life evolve and our consciousness develop?) has a large effect on how we live our lives and make every day decisions. Recognizing and categorizing these answers allows us to see the thought processes that resulted in an action or decision. Being aware of other people’s sometimes vastly different worldviews then allows us to communicate more effectively and hopefully will lead to more effective decision making as a society.

Pillar Beliefs

The pillar beliefs, or “ultimate facts” are answers to questions we cannot objectively answer given our five senses and the faculty of reason and logic. All reasonable people will come to conclusions on questions such as “how did the universe begin?” and “how did human consciousness arise?” However, as a whole, humanity comes up with a wide and colorful spectrum of answers to these questions that then inform our everyday decisions and actions. Defining and categorizing these questions and the spectrum of answers they produce can then give us great insight into the decisions of others and help communication between people with vastly different ways of looking at the world. We analyze the pillar beliefs by looking at the answers to four sets of existential questions:

The Cosmological Question

How did our physical universe first come into being, and what are the physical laws that govern its past, present, and future functioning?

The Teleological Question:

“Is there a specific direction in which our physical universe is unfolding, and if there is, what is the role of our human species, if any, in this unfolding?”

The Ontological Question:

“How did sentient consciousness come into being (especially human consciousness)?”

The Epistemological Question:

“What are the means by which we as human beings are capable of discerning the “facts” that constitute the answer to ultimate cosmic questions such as these?”

Mode of Ethical Reasoning

The methodology be means of which we determine what is “Right” and what is “Wrong”, what is “Good” and what is “Bad” – or even what is “Better” and what is “Best” from among apparent “options” presented to us by our universe.


Generated by the composite of specific “Answers” that one determines for oneself to these previous “Cosmic Questions.”

Political Philosophy: Theory as to how we, as human beings, “ought” to go about collectively deciding how to decide what the Principles, Policies and Programs are pursuant to which we should make our collective “community” decisions governing how we live together…and what the comparative degree of importance is hat we should attribute to “The Collective” or “The Individual.”

Social Order: The particular “form and structure” that Adherents to each such “Worldview” believe ought to be put into place, through the “authority” of The Collective Community, in which we, as human beings, should live together in our human communities.

Theory of Human Psychology: Theory as to how our individual human Mind “works” in conjunction with “The outside world.”

Mode of Spiritual Expression: “Theological” and/or “Meta-Physical” theory pursuant to which we as human beings might comport ourselves “in the face of The Mystery” which is The Universe and/or its “Source.”

The vast majority of the members of our American Electorate do not, to any meaningful degree, understand the “differences” between the “Principles, Policies and Programs” that are likely to be espoused by someone identified as “Liberal” and the “Principles, Policies and Programs” that are likely to be espoused by someone we identify as “Conservative.”

Beyond the political left and right, there exist seven entirely distinct “Worldviews” from amongst which we can possibly choose in determining what the “Principles, Policies and Programs” will be that we wish to adopt, here in the 21st Century, by means of which to address – and, hopefully, to remedy – national and global public policy problems that will confront us in the 21st Century.

Finally – and perhaps most-importantly – very few Americans can tell which of these alternative “Worldviews” any particular person – for example the Candidate for The Office of President –actually adheres to…IF ANY…in attempting to make our “choice” among and then between them – because virtually EVERY Official Candidate does the very best that he or she can to convince the members of whichever audience he or she is speaking to at any given moment that that Candidate adheres to that “Worldview” that is the “Worldview” that is shared by the members of THAT particular audience to which he or she is speaking at the time. In short, virtually ALL Candidates for the modern American Presidency attempt to conceal his or her true “Worldview” fro potential voters…or, even worse, he or she insists that he or she does NOT even HAVE any specific “Worldview.”

Such a “reality” hardly recommends such a person to hold the most powerful political position in human history, a position in which he or she will be presented with repeated situations in which he or she will have to make almost immediate – and potentially world-altering – decisions.

For, without such a “Worldview”, what criteria will such a person employ in making such important – and potentially world-altering – decisions?

A new octave of thinking in a post-contact paradigm

  • Musical Key: B
  • Verb: Am
  • Chakra: Crown
  • Function: Being
  • Matter: Spirit
  • Body: Divine
  • Scope: Trans-Cosmic
  • Musical Key: A
  • Verb: Intuit
  • Chakra: Brow
  • Function: Intuition
  • Matter: Quantum
  • Body: Monadic
  • Scope: Cosmic
  • Musical Key: G
  • Verb: Communicate
  • Chakra: Throat
  • Function: Communication
  • Matter: Subatomic
  • Body: Atomic
  • Scope: Planetary
  • Musical Key: F
  • Verb: Love
  • Chakra: Heart
  • Function: Love
  • Matter: Atomic
  • Body: Buddhist
  • Scope: Continent
  • Musical Key: E
  • Verb: Think
  • Chakra: Solar Plexus
  • Function: Assertion
  • Matter: Gaseous
  • Body: Mental
  • Scope: Nation
  • Musical Key: D
  • Verb: Will
  • Chakra: Sacral
  • Function: Procreation
  • Matter: Liquid
  • Body: Astral
  • Scope: Tribe
  • Musical Key: C
  • Verb: Act
  • Chakra: Root
  • Function: Survival
  • Matter: Solid
  • Body: Physical
  • Scope: Family
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An Examination of the Theological and Philosophical Implications of Extra Terrestrial Life, Part Two
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Theological Implications

Theological questions seek to understand fundamental truths about that which is that is beyond our perception. To answer them within philosophy is called metaphysics – the study of underlying principles that give meaning to the physical world.

Philosophical Implications

Philosophical questions are directed to our human family’s most profound and fundamental questions about the nature of our universe, our place in it, and why we exist at all.

Public Policy Implications

How best to make decisions which affect the community given that there exist seven different “Worldviews” which shape personal and group perceptions? Upon discovery of an extra-terrestrial civilization should we make our discovery known?