The Vatican, Alien Life and UFOs

As the discovery of the number of planets outside of our little Solar System increases (the count is now 400), the possibility of discovering earth-type planets (or moons) increases also.

There’s a theory that 10% of the estimated total of earth-type planets in the whole galaxy could approximately be at least 10 Billion . And of them,  10% could harbor intelligent entities (see Drake Equation calculator).

The implications for the world’s religious communities would be manifold to be sure and there could possibly be chaos, destruction and various social mayhem.

Now the Vatican, the center of the Western Catholic religion, is taking some preemptive action by acknowledging the possibility of discovering intelligent beings on exoplanets:

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding a conference on astrobiology, the study of life beyond Earth, with scientists and religious leaders gathering in Rome this week.

For centuries, theologians have argued over what the existence of life elsewhere in the universe would mean for the Church: at least since Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk, was put to death by the Inquisition in 1600 for claiming that other worlds exist.

Among other things, extremely alien-looking aliens would be hard to fit with the idea that God “made man in his own image”.

Furthermore, Jesus Christ’s role as saviour would be confused: would other worlds have their own, tentacled Christ-figures, or would Earth’s Christ be universal?

However, just as the Church eventually made accommodations after Copernicus and Galileo showed that the Earth was not the centre of the universe, and when it belatedly accepted the truth of Darwin’s theory of evolution, Catholic leaders say that alien life can be aligned with the Bible’s teachings.

Father Jose Funes, a Jesuit astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and one of the organisers of the conference, said: “As a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God.

“This does not conflict with our faith, because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God.”

Not everyone agrees. Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist and author of The Goldilocks Enigma, told The Washington Post that the threat to Christianity is “being downplayed” by Church leaders. He said: “I think the discovery of a second genesis would be of enormous spiritual significance.

“The real threat would come from the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence, because if there are beings elsewhere in the universe, then Christians, they’re in this horrible bind.

“They believe that God became incarnate in the form of Jesus Christ in order to save humankind, not dolphins or chimpanzees or little green men on other planets.”

The Academy conference will include presentations from scientists – by no means all of them Christians – on the discovery of planets outside our solar system, the geological record of early life on Earth, how life might have started on Earth, and whether “alien” life of a different biochemistry to our own might exist here without our knowing, among many other things.

There has been many rumors in the past the Catholic Church has already been privy to the knowledge of intelligent ETs and have been part of a cover-up to keep a lid on things until the world is ready for such information.

These rumors could be just so much tinfoil, but what if it is true?

It would give much credence to the extraterrestrial theory of UFOs, cattle mutilations and abduction of people against their will.

Although I’m not going to hold my breath any time soon about ‘disclosure’.

The Vatican joins the search for alien life

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8 responses

  1. I’m sure I’ve read at least one novel about a space missionary. Mostly one would expect that beliefs would morph to accomodate circumstances.After all, they are merely the template for community wisdom to be dummied down as revelation.One would expect control/domination games to remain integral to the scam.
    Found a link at Contrary Brin and figured I’d bring it right over.
    http://www.paleofuture.com/

  2. I’ve read at least one novel about a space missionary.

    There was one written by Arthur C. Clarke entitled “The Star” in which a shipload of archeologists explored a burned up planet of a supernova remnant.

    They discovered the star was the one that shone over Christ’s birth.

    Needless to say the priest onboard the ship struggled with his faith because the nova destroyed an advanced humanoid civilization.

  3. I had forgotten about that one. I was trying to think of missionary to the stars stories…and couldn’t think of more than a couple and very fuzzy on those. Well, except for the Dorsai Series “Friendlies”.

  4. Hmmm.. I haven’t read any of them. I’ve read one novel written by Arthur C. Clarke in which he describes a civilization on neutron star. Is that one? Even then I could say faithfully It’s good.

  5. ..the Dorsai Series “Friendlies”.

    Now that’s a classic!

    I’ve read one novel written by Arthur C. Clarke in which he describes a civilization on neutron star.

    I don’t recall Clarke writing a story about a neutron star civilization Bruce, I’m going to check on that, it sounds very interesting!

  6. Hey dad, I can remember once I’ve talked about such possibility.
    http://bruceleeeowe.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/could-life-exist-on-a-neutron-star/
    i think you can find some stuffs in above link. Really It’s interesting. And it also fit with my theory of rate of change of time which depends on density.

    1. Ahh, Robert Forward! He’s a good one writing about exotic environments for ET life!

      I recently a Forward book titled “Camelot: 30 K” in which a planet in our Oort Cloud had intelligent life. Good stuff!

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