Monday, November 16, 2009

Vatican holds first-ever conference on alien life

The Catholic church has come a long way since executing Giordano Bruno (a monk) in 1600 for claiming the existence of other worlds. Not only is the church okay with other worlds (and the fact that the Earth is not the center of the universe, and that Darwin was right about evolution), but they're holding a conference this week on astrobiology (the study of life beyond Earth). (Telegraph)

Catholic leaders maintain the discovery of extraterrestrial life won't be a problem for their faith. "There could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God," says Vatican Observatory astronomer Father Jose Funes, "this does not conflict with our faith, because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God."

However, there could be some complications. As the Telegraph point out, "Jesus Christ's role as savior would be confused: would other worlds have their own, tentacled Christ-figures, or would Earth’s Christ be universal?"

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