Responses varied by religion: 55 percent of atheists said they believed in extraterrestrials, as did 44 percent of Muslims, 37 percent of Jews, 36 percent of Hindus and 32 percent of Christians. Those with an Earth-centric spiritual point of view are the most likely to be made uncomfortable by questions about the discovery of aliens.
[7 Huge Misconceptions about Aliens] Weintraub found that some religions are more accommodating to the idea of E. Certain evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, for example, are of the opinion that God's sole intent was to create people here on Earth.
SECT – Small, exclusive groups whom draw members from poor and oppressed.
Other common characteristics include a strong millennial dimension, the use made of contemporary language and symbols, eclecticism, and an egalitarian emphasis which in theory permits all to attain the highest levels of spiritual growth.
The world-accommodating movements (such as the growth of Christian house churches, and the various restoration and renewal groups) are more concerned with personal holiness and the revitalization of the established religions than with the wider society.
More recently, however, world-affirming movements as a whole (embracing among others metaphysical movements such as the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, such ‘self-religions’ as Exegesis and Silva Mind Control, African and Japanese new religions, for example the Aladura churches and Sōka Gakkai respectively) have experienced considerable growth.
The world-affirming movements (or self- or psycho-religions) aim to transform the individual by providing the means for complete self-realization, in the sense of becoming fully aware that the real or inner self is divine and that the ultimate goal of the religious quest is not to know but to become God.