Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens
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(12-01-2011, 03:31 AM)LoneWolfRadTrad Wrote: Only humans have immortal souls.  The souls of animals die with them.  Wouldn't sentient extraterrestrials qualify as smart animals, but animals nonetheless?

That, and there's just no proof for the existence of smart ET's.  No reason to believe there aren't animals in space though. 

The soul is immortal because it is rational, and therefore immaterial, like the Angels.  For the sake of argument, because this is silly, let us assume that Vulcans or Wookies are abstracting immaterial concepts to the point being able to build spaceships.  This is rationality, and immaterial, like Men and Angels.  If such a thing were found, another kind of rational animal, then it would make rational animal a genus instead of a species.
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Re: Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens - by Parmandur - 12-01-2011, 03:47 AM



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