Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens
The laws of causality, plausibility, non-contradiction, and identity do not put the notion out of reach. Look at the size of our Galaxy alone - 100 000 light years from side to side. One light year is about 6 000 billion/6 trillion miles, you know? Even if we were to reach the speed of light (a comical idea given our current technology), it would take 30 000 years, without delay or slow-down (i.e. with an infinite energy source) to reach the center of our own galaxy from Earth.

Now, look at the hundreds of billions of galaxies beyond our own. Each one of those in total must contain hundreds of trillions of planets. Looking at the odds of our own solar system, it seems likely that there are millions of Earth-size planets around Sol-sized stars. Given the variety of life that has arisen on Earth through God's providence, what else might live on those planets? To say the no life could possibly have been sustained anywhere except Earth is rather queer, given the scope of our Cosmos.

There are worlds beyond imagination outside even our own local cluster of 4-5 galactic structures. Beyond those, far beyond, are even bigger clusters that could hold endless Earth-like planets and climates. Look: all the stars and shiny things we see in the sky are within our own galaxy! Their proximity to us makes them outshine the countless other entities beyond the glare of our own spiral. Simple causality does work its way... and to imagine that nothing of import has happened on all those planets for 15 billion+ years is laughable.

Of course, theology demands that any life on those planets be without a soul. The Creed says "for us men and for our salvation", God descended from Heaven and became incarnate of man. If there are aliens with souls to be saved, the Creed (and thus the infallible Church) are wrong. The hypostatic union must be wrong. After this, what is left? All crumbles to bits. The only way to rectify it would be to say "for us sentients and for our salvation..." :P

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Re: Pope Benedict XVI's astronomer: the Catholic Church welcomes aliens - by Laetare - 12-01-2011, 06:27 AM

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