is there intelligent life?
In a pamphlet about the theological implications of extra-terrestrial life--- and I bet that's a topic you've spent a lot of time wondering about-- a Jesuit priest from the Vatican Observatory raises some interesting speculative questions. The announcement provides a quick list of the topics covered, and begins:
Would humans recognise intelligent life if we saw it?
And you know, that's a good question.
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Posted by: -
Oct. 14, 2005 9:58 AM ET USA
What do we have to compare it to?
Posted by: Art Kelly -
Oct. 13, 2005 12:11 AM ET USA
Actually, this is a profound question. If we discover a life form on another planet that is not humanoid, we might not comprehend at first that it is sentient. Would such creatures have souls? If so, what if they had never sinned? And if they had sinned, did Jesus become one like them to redeem them? Or could the Father or Holy Spirit have come instead? Could their theology be different from ours, yet still valid? Would all creatures with souls be made in the image and likeness of God?
Posted by: Fr. William -
Oct. 12, 2005 11:21 PM ET USA
You are good, Diogenes. This blog made my day...
Posted by: Janet Baker -
Oct. 12, 2005 7:14 PM ET USA
"Would humans recognise intelligent life if we saw it?" Well the Jesuits certainly don't! Else, they wouldn't be conducting experiments on embryonic stem cells at Georgetown University in DC!
Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY -
Oct. 12, 2005 6:03 PM ET USA
Just goes to prove that Darwin had it right: apes descended from humans and the chimps' DNA proves it.
Posted by: -
Oct. 12, 2005 5:19 PM ET USA
Are you sure he is a Jesuit?