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Dan Gilgoff goes sane (following the pope’s example)

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Four hundred years after it put Galileo under house arrest for arguing that the sun, not the Earth, is the center of the universe, the Roman Catholic Church this week sponsored a conference on the search for extraterrestrial life. At a time when the relationship between Christianity and science has been widely portrayed as an adversarial one (think Bill Maher’s Religulous or the recent God & Country debate on Darwin’s Origin of Species) the conference reminds us that leading authorities from both camps—like the pope and the worlds’ top astronomers—believe the two need not be in conflict.

It was the Vatican’s first conference on astrobiology, reported Riazat Butt of the Guardian.

Father Jose Funes, current director of the Vatican Observatory, said n an interview published last year with L’Osservatore Romano:

This is not in contradiction with our faith, because we cannot establish limits to God’s creative freedom. To say it with St Francis, if we can consider some earthly creatures as ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’, why could we not speak of a ‘brother alien’? He would also belong to the creation.


November 13, 2009 - Posted by | Catholic, Religion, Science

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