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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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May 14, 2008 - Posted by | Evolution, Religion | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I am afraid you are conflating Catholics and Evangelicals on this one. More plainly, don’t confuse us (Catholics) for Protestant fundamentalists who insist on a literal 7 (24-hour) day creation story. We are not one in the same.

    Secondly, and I don’t hold you responsible for this inaccuracy – the media has run with it – not every priest out of the 1000 or so that work with or for the Vatican speak in a capacity that makes it in any way accurate to quote THEM as “The Vatican”… The mainstream media has run with that one, so I am not surprised to see it repeated.

    When I was in college I served as a lowly, lowly functionairy (a page) at the Ohio General Assembly. Using the methodology the media has run with, any hair-brained thing I could have said at 20 (and I said even more hair-brained things back then than I do now) could have been – by their standards – reported as being “From the State House.”

    Catholics are free to beleive in Evolution, or the Big Bang. Neither demands atheism.

    Comment by asimplesinner | May 14, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well, quite honestly in the context of what I was saying you could replace the one time I said “christian” with whatever you like and it will still read the same.

    I said nothing about a literal 7 day creation, thus I am not sure why you feel like you must make that distinction.

    It seems to me that when the chief astronomer for the Vatican, says something in the Vatican newspaper, it would at least be in line with Vatican’s policy, kinda like the White House press secretary is not going to go around saying stuff to contradict the White House’s policies. So I don’t think there’s any misinterpretation, I don’t see it as in inaccuracy as you see it, merely a superfluous game of words. I don’t think that your position as a lowly functionary a the Ohio General Assembly was comparable to that of the Chief Astronomer for the Vatican, so that analogy does not work in my opinion.

    It is true that Evolution and the Big Bang do not DEMAND atheism, but it is also true that they make the need for a creator even more remote than before. Therefore in a certain sense they make the creator’s existence less probable, I think.

    Comment by Skepdude | May 14, 2008 | Reply


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