Vatican greenlights aliens!
It is ok to believe in alien life, the Vatican says through the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes it’s chief astronomer.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”
I think this guy may be a closet atheist. How else can he in the same breath accept that live has developed and is part of creation? The two notions are incompatible, as used in this context.
The Bible “is not a science book,” Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is the most “reasonable” explanation for the creation of the universe. The theory says the universe began billions of years ago in the explosion of a single, super-dense point that contained all matter.
But he said he continues to believe that “God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the result of chance.”
Amen to the Bible not being a science book and the Big Bang being the most reasonable explanation for the creation of the universe. But he continues to baffle me. In one sentence he embraces the Big Bang. In the next he says that of course God is the creator of the universe and us, thus we couldn’t have developed which of course is what he accepted just a few paragraphs above, albeit for alien life.
Despite his obvious confusion, I like this guy much better than most christians I have come across. It is unfortunate to see a scientifically minded person caught in the religious net. He can’t escape it and he can’t completely resign to it, so he tries to make it work somehow, make science and religion co-exist. But of course they can’t, not without lots of effort. Well, he’s willing to put the effort in, and I must applaud him for it. We need more modern religious people like him. The world would really become a much better place.
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