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Friday, June 27, 2008



"Funes suggests that there might well be other worlds and life on them. "Astronomers hold that the universe is formed of 100 billion galaxies, each composed of 100 billion stars. Many of these, or almost all of them, could have planets. How can we exclude that life may have developed in other places?""

In Introduction to Christianity, Cardinal Ratzinger at one point talks about the 'extravagance' of God, pointing out that biology is full of examples of thousands of seeds expended to create one new life.
There doesn't seem to be any theological or scientific necessity either way on the question of other life in the universe, but I am inclined to the extravagance model. And when we think about the delicate balance that enables life on this planet, (and if we forget the enviromentalists will remind us) it somewhat reduces the probabilities, from the scientific perspective, of other life. But just from our limited knowledge of God I find it not only possible but quite consistent that he might create the entire universe just for the purpose of creating one planet for man to stand upon. Why not?

Should that puff us up? On the contrary, that should humble us, particularly when we reflect on how cavalierly we treat God sometimes.



Another great reflection by Fr. Schall, thank you! Stanley Jaki takes up the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Project (S.E.T.I.) in a few works, he points out that some of the underlying thought of this project stems from the failure of science to understand the origin of life on earth, and the underlying ideology of the project is inherently naturalistic and anti-theistic in origin. Rather funny that the neo-Darwinism ideology behind this project searches for the purpose of life and then denies purpose by believing we evolved by blind processes.

Also, Fr. Jaki states that life on other worlds is not as likely as science often makes it about to be because certain rare conditions need to be present for life to form, many nearby stars that appear to be surrounded by planet-type bodies have no planetary system around them and a planetary system like ours is actually a rare phenomenon. In itself, the SETI’s Project only threat to Christianity is in some of its presuppositions. Fr. Jaki stresses, as the articles does, the important thing is to be able to refute the ideologies that often lie behind projects like this with a solid realist philosophy and to affirm the beauty of the Incarnation.

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