World taboos part5: First the earth was flat, then it became the centre and now
May 14, 2008 11:03 AM
My other taboooooos are in theos-l, just like to nag and post nr. 5
of my 'Lutherian' list in this group :-)
The Pope's chief astronomer says that life on Mars cannot be ruled
Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel
Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer
Father Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome, is a
respected scientist who collaborates with universities around the
The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not
contradict belief in God.
The official Vatican newspaper headlines his article 'Aliens Are My
'Free from sin'
Just as there are multiple forms of life on earth, so there could
exist intelligent beings in outer space created by God. And some
aliens could even be free from original sin, he speculates.
Asked about the Catholic Church's condemnation four centuries ago of
the Italian astronomer and physicist, Galileo, Father Funes
diplomatically says mistakes were made, but it is time to turn the
page and look towards the future.
Science and religion need each other, and many astronomers believe in
God, he assures readers.
To strengthen its scientific credentials, the Vatican is organising a
conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of
the author of the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin.
Imagine when KH spoke of extra terrestial lifeforms, I am sure he had
whispered in Jules Vernes ear to invent moontravel ;-)
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