Wednesday, May 14, 2008

But Do Aliens Believe In God?

by Lon S. Cohen

Newsday is reporting that the Vatican release an announcement that they think that belief in aliens if OK by them. Since God created everything and thus aliens must have been created by God, then aliens are God's creation so, therefore it's OK to believe in aliens.

In my opinion, this is a non-statement since in the mind of the Vatican there is nothing that does not come under the umbrella of created by God. I am not one of those people who's knee jerk reaction is to say that religion is a bunch of bunk, so I give this announcement its due pixels but, come on now, where is the revelation in this from the point-of-view of the Vatican? It's really like saying that the Vatican thinks it's fine to believe in algae or protozoa, right?

But the real question is if aliens believe in God. According to my new Facebook friend (and he's a science fiction author too besides tracking my every move on Facebook!), Robert J. Sawyer, they just might. His awesome book "Calculating God," tells the story of alien visitors coming Toronto's Natural History Museum so they can study fossils. These aliens though happen to believe in God. It's a great read with some especially well-rounded and interesting characters (both human and non-human) grappling with little issues like religion, extinction and death.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

"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."

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