Christianity and Extraterrestrials?: A Catholic Perspective

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iUniverse, 2005 M06 22 - 302 páginas
Does ETI existence spell the death of Christianity? The increasingly popular answer is "yes". Marie George argues, to the contrary, that Christian belief is compatible with ETI existence, by examining Roman Catholic teaching and Scripture. She then makes a case that while Christian belief does not exclude ETI existence, it does render it improbable. George goes on to expose the faulty reasoning behind the common opinion that science indicates that the universe surely contains other intelligent life forms. She closes with speculations on what the Catholic Church might eventually say about ETIs. Central to her analysis is the cosmic role of Christ.

"I appreciate arguments like those in Christianity and Extraterrestrials?, laid out carefully and investigated thoroughly. If more writers proceeded with Dr. George's care and courtesy, there would be new hope for peace in the world."

John L. Barger, Ph.D.
Publisher, Sophia Institute Press

"Although some of Dr. George's claims are controversial, she is clearly an author seeking the truth and open to opposing arguments. Moreover, she has sought out the best sources and used them wisely-in short, an admirable scholarly presentation."

Michael J. Crowe
Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame and author of The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750?1900

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Página 50 - And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Página x - In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Página 86 - From whence then could arise the solitary and strange conceit that the Almighty, who had millions of worlds equally dependent on his protection, should quit the care of all the rest, and come to die in our world, because, they say, one man and one woman had eaten an apple! And, on the other hand, are we to suppose that every world in the boundless creation had an Eve, an apple, a serpent, and a redeemer?
Página 72 - Scripture, which proves the truth of its historical statements by the accomplishment of its prophecies, gives no false information; and it is too absurd to say, that some men might have taken ship and traversed the whole wide ocean, and crossed from this side of the world to the other, and that thus even the inhabitants of that distant region are descended from that one first man.
Página 256 - Those who search out the intention of the sacred writers must, among other things, have regard for "literary forms". For truth is proposed and expressed in a variety of ways, depending on whether a text is history of one kind or another, or its form is that of prophecy, poetry, or some other type of speech.

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Marie I. George is Professor of Philosophy at St. John?s University, New York. An Aristotelian-Thomist, she holds a PhD from Laval University, and a MA in biology from Queens College. She has received a number of awards from the Templeton Foundation for her work in science and religion.

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