Thursday, 22 May 2008

God could have created aliens too: Vatican

Is Roman Catholic theology out of touch with reality? You be the judge. Here's hoping this story is just a joke...?!?
This makes as much sense as the insomniac dyslexic atheist who stayed up all night trying to disprove the existence of Dog...
The search for extraterrestrial life does not contradict belief in God, the Pope's chief astronomer said on Tuesday, adding that some aliens might even be innocent of the original sin.

"As an astronomer I continue to believe that God is the creator of the universe," Jose Gabriel Funes said in an interview with the Vatican mouthpiece, the Osservatore Romano.

Even if "we don't currently have any proof ... the hypothesis" of extraterrestrial life cannot be ruled out, said Mr Funes, a Jesuit priest who directs the Vatican's observatory at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.

"Just as there are a plethora of creatures on Earth, there could be others, equally intelligent, created by God," he said.

Original sin, which by Christian tradition occurred in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit of a particular tree, refers to the fallen state from which humans can be saved only by God's grace.

Asked about the difficult theological question, Mr Funes said: "If other intelligent beings exist, it's not certain that they need redemption."

They could "have remained in full friendship with their creator" without committing the original sin, he said.

If not, extraterrestrials would benefit equally from the "incarnation," in which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, assumed earthlings' flesh, body and soul in order to redeem them, which Mr Funes called "a unique event that cannot be repeated".

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  1. One must not take religion too seriously as it was created by man and not God.

  2. It's hard not to think that in this huge universe that we are the only living beings.

  3. Thank you for this. I was losing sleep over my failure to reconcile modern cosmology and the Garden of Eden story, but now it's all crystal clear to me.

  4. I'm pretty much in the belief that we are not alone in this universe. There are BILLIONS of stars up there - with BILLIONS of planets around them. To assume we are the ONLY living creatures is up there is very egocentric.

  5. I don't need a story about aliens to know that catholic theology is out of touch with reality (it's also out of touch with humanity).

  6. Are they going to update the bible now?

    I wonder which revision they are at now :)

    I was happy to see them stating this officially.

    They are 100 years late, but still, they finally admitted it.

    Richard Lalancette