But whoever thought it would? As noted earlier, God could certainly create entire universes, founded on different principles from ours. But do we have any evidence that he did? If not, we cannot use such a claim to establish any proposition in science in our universe today.
The question that Br. Guy Consolmagno evades, as do many Catholic thinkers, is: What about the actual evidence for design in our universe where we have as much access to the facts as our commitment to the technology allows?
Then, at precisely the point where it matters, you start to see the obligatory fudging.
Some people make a living out of endless uncertainty.
See Christian Post
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, discusses possibility of alien life forms.
The new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation has said that it is only a matter of time before alien life forms are discovered, which will pave the way to questions about God’s relationship to intelligent beings outside our planet.
Hey, wait a minute: The absolutely overwhelming majority of life forms on our own planet are not “intelligent” in the sense he means.
Have we any reason to believe that if we discover life forms (as opposed to them contacting us) that they would be intelligent? Why?
Back in May, Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis mentioned alien life forms in one of his sermons, and suggested that even martians, should they visit Earth, would be welcomed to be baptized.
For heaven’s sakes, they’d more likely be needing burial in consecrated ground, assuming that high tech couldn’t save their lives. (Who knows how their metabolism works? Would we find out in time?)
One just wishes more religious figures actually got what is happening here. Much of science has become a tax-funded extended argument for metaphysical naturalism.
And the worst part is that, as science, it doesn’t even need to make sense any more.
But surely we can’t conjure an entire advanced civilization?
How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?
Something tells me Paul Nelson will be waiting a long time for Christians for Darwin to respond to any substantive arguments about the science.
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