NASA, ET, AND THE VATICAN

NASA, ET, AND THE VATICAN By  for Giza Death Star

I’m taking an odd chance today to blog about a story that caught my eye over the Christmas break, and that I had fully intended to blog about, and then the heart attack happened. But I still want to blog about it, and as I mentioned, I will do as many blogs/week as I am capable.  That may add up to zero, or seven, I do not know. Today at least I have a little residual energy. so here we go.

Many of you noticed this story and passed it along, so I’d like to thank all of you for doing so. What’s the story? NASA, it seems, is hiring “theologians” to help it determine what to do in case “we” encounter  “them” “out there” in the future. But there’s a catch, and it makes me very skeptical:

NASA ‘looks to the heavens’ for help: Agency enlisted 24 theologians to assess how the world would react to the discovery of alien life on distant planets and how it might change our perception of gods and creation

Note that one “theologian” is a biochemist:

The Rev Dr Andrew Davison, a priest and theologian at the University of Cambridge with a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford, …

and another is a Jesuit astronomer(though not mentioned as part of NASA’s panel):

In 2008, the Vatican’s chief astronomer says there is no conflict between believing in God and in the possibility of ‘extraterrestrial brothers’ perhaps more evolved than humans.

‘In my opinion this possibility (of life on other planets) exists,’ said Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, a 45-year-old Jesuit priest who is head of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict.

‘How can we exclude that life has developed elsewhere,’ he told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano in an interview in its Tuesday-Wednesday edition, explaining that the large number of galaxies with their own planets made this possible.

Asked if he was referring to beings similar to humans or even more evolved than humans, he said: ‘Certainly, in a universe this big you can’t exclude this hypothesis’

And then finally, we have the usual bow to an American Baptist to remind people of just how backward those confessions are:

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