Vatican & Life on Mars
Denying the Bible is the Word of God
From: The Electronic Telegraph" http://www.telegraph.co.uk
17 February 1997
American Association: Martian life will change God's image, says Vatican
By Roger Highfield and Tom Leonard
OUR image of God will have to change if evidence of alien life on Mars
is confirmed by scientists, a Vatican astronomer told the world's largest
general science meeting yesterday.
The modern concept of an "anthropocentric" God may have to evolve into a
broader entity to take account of the insights of any intelligent alien
culture, said Dr Christopher Corbally, British vice-director of the Vatican
Observatory in Arizona [Why did God choose to incarnate as a human, and not a Zetan or Lyran... why did Jesus come to earth and die a human death if earth and humanity is not the center of God's plan for the universe? - watcher].
"We need a proper sense of God, one derived in the dialogue between religion
and science," he said in an address on the implications of Martian life to the
American Association's annual meeting in Seattle.
"While Christ is the first and the last word, the alpha and the omega
spoken to humanity, it is not necessarily the only word spoken to the entire
universe," he said [Okay, if you deny that the Bible is the Word of God, then how can you believe in it at all? You can't just pick and choose which parts of the Bible are true... the Bible is either the divinely inspired and complete Word of God, or it is a fairy tale. One can't be a Christian and yet deny that the Bible is true-- that's where the story of Jesus Christ comes from, duh! Oh yeah, I forgot, Catholicism is just glorified paganism anyways, so it isn't a huge leap to encorporate our space brothers into a Papal paradigm-- after all, more creatures to convert is more money into the Vatican coffers. - watcher] Dr Corbally went on to emphasise the need to "cope with any new
phenomenon that science will bring". The discovery that the universe
was populated by other intelligent species would not give humanity a sense of
insignificance or fear but one of "being an integral part of a cosmic
community", he added. "We would discover a church far beyond the confines of the Earth and
of any narrow interpretation of the Bible or other scriptures." [Again I am blown away at how a Vatican dude can blaspheme the Word of God so blatently. If one throws out the "narrow" Bible then one is left without a knowledge of Jesus Christ, God incarnate in human, not "alien" flesh. The space brothers won't bring knowledge of a Christian church, and it seems the Vatican is all for something other than Christianity.]
But Dr Corbally, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of
the American Astronomical Society, claimed that, if humanity was to find it was
alone in the universe, "this would not bring hubris and pride but a sense of awe and
The Vatican Observatory, which is supported by the Pope, was set up near Rome
in the 1930s but since 1981 has conducted most of its stargazing above the
Steward Observatory at Tucson, Arizona.
The observatory was established on the orders of Pope Leo XIII in 1891 to
counteract accusations that the Church was opposed to scientific learning.[Yeah, right, the Pope-scope isn't looking for aliens, or Nibiru, or the sign of the Great Chastisement, or a messiah on a UFO or anything like that...]
Last August a group of experts stunned the scientific world with evidence that
life may have once existed on Mars. Their analysis of a Martian meteorite
concluded that microscopic life may have been the source of "apparent" fossils
The excited reaction to the suggestion of extra-terrestrial life had one prime
implication, said Dr Corbally. "These reactions point to our need for a right
relationship or dialogue between science and religion." Exploration was
required to push back the frontiers of theology as well as science, he said.
"The same urge to push back the boundaries of knowledge can bring new
insights into traditional doctrines and questions. This exploration is what
daily in my astronomical work. I find my preferred way of doing science is
synthetic, starting with observations rather than analytic, starting with
theories. So too, given an encounter with intelligent extra-terrestrial life."
The Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches in Britain were sceptical about
Dr Corbally's suggestions. A spokesman for the Church of England said: "As
Christians, we believe God created the universe and everything in it. Dolphins
and porpoises are understood to be intelligent creatures but they haven't
changed our perception of God." The only possible sphere in which he could
envisage the existence of life changing people's perceptions of God was in
art where the Almighty has been represented historically as looking like a
man, he added.
A Roman Catholic Church spokesman said the Church had never interpreted
the Old Testament as ruling out the possibility of life on other planets. He
added: "Our understanding of the message of Christianity has always evolved
and developed. That's not to say it has changed but just the way the message
is understood and applied.
"We have always believed that God created all things. If he created life
elsewhere, then fair enough."
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