Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baptizing Aliens - OK With Me

In an interesting announcement, Guy Consolmagno, the Pope's Astronomer, has said that he would be happy to baptize an alien.  He adds the stipulation that he would only do this if asked, because forced baptisms are a thing of the past (thank goodness).

Guy (seen left posing with the Pope's collection of meteorites), is quite the progressive fellow in terms of science and faith, and I'm glad he's been public about this.  It's been said in recent times by certain short-sighted individuals that it is "unChristian" to believe in the possibility of alien life, but that's not true.  (I discussed this here, if you want to know more.)

I would like to see more people adopt his point of view.  There's nothing in Scripture that denies alien life and there's no reason to arbitrarily decide that we must fight that notion.  (Otherwise, if aliens landed we would all look pretty stupid.)  Sure, it's unlikely, but it's possible.  And, it's even possible that these creatures could have souls and be favored by God.  I know that's bizarre, but since it could happen we should be open to it.  TV shows like to assume that Christians would protest any ideas of aliens, but we need to shed that silly stereotype.


Of course, dunking aliens in water could backfire...

2 comments:

  1. This is discussed in The High Crusade by Poul Anderson. Great little novel. You should check it out.

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  2. Hmmm... I was never aware that Christians were "not allowed" to believe in Alien life either.

    I assume those who feel this way, are in the minority. I would think angels might appear "alien" to humans.

    It is safe to assume that alien life could exist elsewhere in the universe. We can barely tell what's outside our own galaxy, much less the universe. We assume that life will be "as we know it": water must be present. (That's a somewhat safe assumption for what we know about life, but not a universal law.

    I couldn't contradict that other life forms have already visited earth, and found it unsatisfying for further contact. I doubt it strongly, but I couldn't disprove it.

    Our biggest drawback to finding life elsewhere is speed. We just can't get going fast enough to make it very far in a reasonable amount of time. That's why NASA is in the south right? They are hoping some redneck will figure out near-lightspeed travel (like with NASCAR). haha

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