Alien resurrection

AP reports: Vatican: It’s OK to believe in aliens

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, says that the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

In an interview published Tuesday by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Funes says that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures.

Imagine the shock Funes will get when said aliens arrive on Earth and they have no idea what this god thing is he keeps on going on about. Or even worse, perhaps the aliens imagine themselves to be gods, and that we are their creatures. Perhaps it might even be true, and they are just checking up on us. Maybe they’ve got Jesus and Mohammed coming along for the ride. I feel a South Park episode coming on.

Seriously though, I think it much more likely that there are aliens around than that transubstantiation works, the dead can be resurrected and miracles happen — mainly because you don’t need to suspend the laws of physics for aliens to exist.

Update: The BBC carries much more from the interview, including the revelation that aliens may be free from original sin. Try telling that to Ripley.

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6 thoughts on “Alien resurrection”

  1. Maybe they’ll think WE are gods! They’ll have been watching all our TV from 40 years ago, and it would have shaped their culture and religion, which would be a series of warring cults based on popular TV programmes. new cults would be appearing all the time as the schedules changed.

    It would be like a pilgrimage, to find Dr Kildare, and enlist his support aganst the evil forces of Flipper.

    Wait, wasn’t there a movie like that? With Alan Rickman? damn.

  2. I did as the Hedonist above told me,
    and now I feel mightily enlightened.
    I’m all ears for Project Blue Beam.
    But could not find Operation Blue Beam.
    I would like to see the hologram of Spinoza, please.
    He was last seen in the Republic of Letters,
    and rumor has it that he is now their messiah.
    Where is that Republic now?

  3. The dead will not be resurrected, because of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. And miracles do not happen, because Deus sive Natura obeys its own laws, very strictly, always. But transsubstantiation works. A piece of consecrated bread does indeed contain atoms that once belonged to Jesus Christ, so in some sense by eating it you eat the body of Jesus. It even works much better than the churches tell us. The bread does not even have to be consecrated, it doesn’t have to be bread but can be any food, and it contains atoms of every person who ever lived.
    Pity that Spinoza was not an atomist. Anyway, I just had a little bit of Spinoza for breakfast. Nourishing stuff.

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