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2006-05-10
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Science and the Vatican

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Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno described Creationism recently "as a kind of paganism" because 'it harked back to the days of 'nature gods' who were responsible for natural events'. Consolmagno works at the Vatican Observatory principally studying meteorites and the astro-biological evolution of planets. In prior interviews, Consolmagno reported his position within the Vatican is to liaise science with theology (mp3) and to demonstrate the Vatican's commitment to truth. When asked how the Vatican might handle the discovery of aliens, he responded:

"Do aliens need to be saved? Depends if they are subject to "original sin" or not. The traditional theology of original sin, tracing it back to the origins of the human race, says absolutely nothing about other entities, either way. Once we find other intelligences, we’ll be in a better position to expand that theology."


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