Sunday, November 27, 2005
Do space aliens have souls?
Galaxy-gazing scientists surely wonder about what kind of impact finding life or intelligent beings on another planet would have on the world. But what sort of effect would it have on Catholic beliefs? Would Christian theology be rocked to the core if science someday found a distant orb teeming with little green men, women or other intelligent forms of alien life? Would the church send missionaries to spread the Gospel to aliens? Could aliens even be baptized? Or would they have had their own version of Jesus and have already experienced his universal or galactic plan of salvation? Curious Catholics need not be space buffs to want answers to these questions and others when they pick up a 48-page booklet by a Vatican astronomer.
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, Vatican City
The Bible is silent on alien life...I should hope that most religions would broaden the definition of "Man" to include sentient aliens as well, and there would be a sharing or acceptance of religion between species. Would be curious to see what the Vatican has to say on the matter!
said the Planet Earth had a soul.
They locked him in
a padded room at the Seminary,
and banned his books.
Now, 50 yrs on, who doesn't believe
in the Gaian principle?
So--- if ET shows up,
and wants to go to confession,
I predict the Jesuits will
imprison him, just to be careful.
They'll probly sneak down to his dungeon
and ask him for stock tips, though, on the QT.
The universe is probably teeming with life & undoubtedly much of it is far beyond us in every aspect.
Any other life form would have been created by the same God & that same God would care as much for them as us.
Perhaps aliens have been watching us for untold years & look at each other every day & ask "How could God have possibly given these people a soul?"