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Little green men might shock the secular public. But the Catholic Church would welcome them as brothers.
That's what Vatican chief astronomer and papal science adviser Gabriel Funes explained in a recent article in L'Osservatore Romano, the newsletter of the Vatican Observatory (translated here). His conclusion might surprise nonbelievers. After all, isn't this the same church that imprisoned Galileo for saying that the Earth revolves around the sun? Doesn't the Bible say that God created man -- not little green men -- in his image?
Indeed, many observers assert that aliens would be bad for believers. Jill Tarter, director of the Center for SETI Research, once wrote that finding intelligent other-worldly life "will be inconsistent with the existence of God or at least organized religions." But such predictions tend to come from outside Christianity. From within, theologians have debated the implications of alien contact for centuries. And if one already believes in angels, no great leap of faith is required to accept the possibility of other extraterrestrial intelligences.
Since God created the universe, theologians say, he would have created aliens, too. And far from being weakened by contact, Christianity would adapt. Its doctrines would be interpreted anew, the aliens greeted with open -- and not necessarily Bible-bearing -- arms.
"The main question is, 'Would religion survive this contact?'" said NASA chief historian Steven J. Dick, author of The Biological Universe. "Religion hasn't gone away after Copernican theory, after Darwin. They've found ways to adapt, and they'll find a way if this happens, too," Dick says.
Originally posted by projectvxn
My mother, a devout Christian scholar from Cuba, is very old fashioned in almost every way you can imagine, so you would understand the shock I went through when my mother told me the follow:
"If you replace the word 'God' for the word 'Alien', the Bible begins to make more sense."
I asked her what she meant by this and she said:
"Not all believe as I do Bryan, it isn't an easy realization to come to. Just try it and you'll see what I mean".
I was 12 years old when she said this to me. And I've been on the hunt ever since. The problem is, she is never surprised by any new information I give her. Silly me, thinking I could find information she didn't already have.