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UNDERSTANDING THE TRANSCENDENT EXPERIENCE
By: Spencer Pennington
In the film Contact several heavy social, theological, spiritual, and personal questions are dealt with. There is of course the question of Are we alone in the Universe? Then there is the follow-up question, If we are not alone, where do Humans sit in the Universe? What is our importance? The other great questions in the film are much more personal in nature: Is there a God, and if so, what is God? Did God create both us and the aliens? Perhaps the most perplexing question though is that of How do we explain and justify the transcendent experience?
The film does this by showing the double-edged nature of skepticism: Skepticism is displayed as a means of analyzing and strengthening one's own faith through questioning and examination. However, it is also shown as being a possible block to the great realm of the