Whenever it is thought that an Earth – like planet has been discovered, speculation of the presence of life there is also part of the discussion. With the thought of life on other planets comes the ramifications this might have on religion. My experience is that skeptics and Atheists are under the impression that the discovery of life on other planets somehow does something to discredit the bible or the existence of God or the theory of intelligent design. I’m not convinced conclusions of this sort are warranted.
What exactly would the existence of life on other planets mean for religion? Which religious claims would this kind discovery impact? Would it, in your opinion, verify an evolutionary explanation of life?