Church History


    If an Alien Came to Earth

    Suppose that an alien were to come to earth from another of God’s planets, said John Taylor in an 1852 sermon. What would he think? “If things [were] governed upon correct principles there,” President Taylor suggested, “and he came here—saw nations confused, churches in array against each other, men in [conflict] with [their] fellow [men] and each one trying to tread upon [the] neck of another. . . . [He would] say [there was] not much of [the] order of God.” “If he had been accustomed to correct government,” President Taylor concluded, “I think he would want to go back to his own planet.”

    John Taylor, October 10, 1852: Reflections on Government and War,”