Extraterrestrial Life, Part 3*:A Catholic Perspective;Theology: A God of the Gaps?;SCS Conference 2021 – The American Catholic

If I judge correctly from comments on the previous two articles in this series (see here and here), some faithful Catholics will strongly disagree with Fr. Funes.   And, as I’ll explain below, I myself have reservations about the existence of “ET brothers.”  In this third article, I’ll present some theological considerations, taken from the  2021 SCS Conference and from my own reflections. Before discussing theology,  let me summarize some of the information from the previous articles on the likelihood of life outside the earth.  In arguing questions like this, materialists tell us not to invoke  a “God of the Gaps.”   That is to say, if there is no apparent “natural” mechanism to explain some phenomenon, we should not, therefore, ascribe it to a miracle wrought by God.  In general, I agree with this limitation. Nevertheless, the gaps are there.  So,  I’ll start by listing some of these apparent gaps, bottlenecks in our understanding of where life (and intelligence) comes from.

Extraterrestrial Life, Part 3*:A Catholic Perspective;Theology: A God of the Gaps?;SCS Conference 2021 – The American Catholic

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