Skip to comments.Life On Other Planets? Vatican Aide Ponders The Possibility.
Posted on 01/09/2002 7:25:21 AM PST by marshmallow
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Ray Bradbury wrote a short story about Earth explorers who having reached another life-bearing planet at the end of The Galaxy-- found they had just missed the physical presence of Jesus Christ.
"For the time being, there is no scientific evidence of life," the priest added in the interview published Monday.
"For the time being", sound like he's expecting scientific evidence of life.
"However, we are gathering observations that point to this possibility. The universe is so large that it would be folly to say that we are the exception. The debate is ongoing and complex."
What's to debate. The first and second sentences are logical hypotheses/probabilities.
"If I were to meet an intelligent being from other worlds who revealed to me a spiritual life and told me that his people have also been saved by God through sending his only Son, he would ask me how it is possible that his only ´Son´ was present in different places. Thoughts of this kind are a great challenge," the priest said.
Yes, that would create a considerable challenge.
"Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Can this true man also appear in another planet? I don't know; I don't know whether I should deny or affirm this."
How about a thousand planets with intelligent life. I mean, the probability of intelligent live being on just two planets is astronomically high. Heck with a hundred million galaxies containing a hundred million stars each I'd say that there's probably millions of planets bearing intelligent life. We just haven't figured out how to get access to the UWW Universal Wide Web.
"Anyway, science does not destroy the believer's faith, but stimulates it."
"It is true that the cosmology of the big bang is certain today as a scientific model," he said. "But it tells us very little about creation, or rather nothing, because creation as understood in the Bible does not answer the question about the origin of the universe, but why there is something instead of nothing."
Catching on that something cannot come from nothing.
"This is a theological response to a question of faith," Father Coyne said. "Science, however, is concerned with discovering the origin of the matter we know. In other words, sacred Scripture and theology do not refer to the way God created the universe. The two questions are not in conflict and, when this happens, very serious misunderstanding can arise."
In other words, when science proves intelligent alien life exists and we either ask them how and who created the Universe, or we ask the Universe Wide Web, and we learn that it was intelligent life that created the Universe and that creating Universes is not unusual for intelligent life to do it doesn't create a conflict between science and theology. It just means that theology hadn't considered those aspect. Nor did it consider the aspect that intelligent civilizations on many other planets have lived for tens-of-millions of years longer than intelligent man has lived on Earth. Those civilizations would be so much more technologically advanced than Earth's civilization that it's logical to conclude that they out-competed war and those who start wars. Why? Because we look at our own civilization and witness that the people that create wars have more than enough weapons of mass killing, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons to annihilate man ten times over. Of course, the intelligent aliens would also have developed definitive biologic immortality. And that creates for Father Coyne, yet another great challenge.
I short, they are us and we are they but our civilization is still in its infancy -- they're our cousins.
He created a scientific commission responsible for studying the elements necessary for the reform of the liturgical calendar that took place in 1582.
That was forty years after Nicolaus Copernicus released his geocentric (Earth centered) busting paper, "On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres (De revolutionibus orbium coelestium)" that gave mankind the heliocentric (Sun centered) model of our solar system.
If there is another civilization, it is entirely possible they didn't need saving, unlike our sinful selves. It is possible we have no contact with other civilizations because we alone out of all the teeming universe are considered "bad seed" and exist only by the Grace of God. Those other people are still living in their Gardens.
What if its not just one other civilizations, but thousand or millions and we are the only "bad seed". Talk about feeling left out!
Aliens: "Greetings Humans, we come in peace"
Father Coyne has a good grasp of Christian theology. And of science. He has apparently studied these matters extensively without becoming pedantic and doesn't seem to be mad.
It's only going to get more interesting. Once the NASA Kepler telescope begins sending images of earth-size planets revolving around other stars the theologians will have to be ready. Church attendance may even pick up a little. NASA is already preparing a comparison earth spectrum so it will be able to match an earthlike planet if one shows up in the viewer.
Face the fact, folks. Earth is the ONLY place in the universe where intelligent life exists.
No they won't for the simple reason is that no intelligent life exists out there.
Absence of signal means they are smarter than we are, and waiting in ambush.
So you chose to proclaim from on high that earth has the only intelligent live. That alone should refute your argument but you gave reason to support your claim. You base that on the "reasoning" that since SETI has not located intelligent life it doesn't exist. Think about why that is an invalid argument and then come back and tell us why it is invalid.
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