Thursday, February 17, 2011
[Excerpt from Huffington Post article] Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican's chief astronomer, Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, said in an interview published Tuesday. Funes said that the possibility of extra-terrestrial life "doesn't contradict our faith" because aliens would still be God's creatures.
The Bible "is not a science book," Funes said, adding that he believes the Big Bang theory is the most "reasonable" explanation for the creation of the universe. But he said he continues to believe that "God is the creator of the universe and that we are not the result of chance." Read full article here: Vatican: It's OK To Believe In Aliens
This latest statement of the Catholic church follows a recent trend to try bringing church and modern science closer together. Pope John Paul II was reported as saying that evolution is "more than just a theory", while Benedikt XVI accepted the Big Bang theory as an explanation how the universe was created. Read more about the new conciliatory approach of the Vatican to bring science and religion closer together.