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So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me and reminded me that there are good things in the world.”
— Vincent Van Gogh (via ablogwithaview)
Dare to keep kids off religion
Having once believed this about myself and now being outside of that religious influence and can now see it, it breaks my heart. I believe that most of my self-esteem issues stem from the fact that I was constantly told that I was worthless but god loved me anyway. Now that I don’t believe in god, all I have left is that feeling that I’m worthless.
Geddy, Alex and Neil rule, and this song shows why they rule! Hands down!
How Would Christianity Deal with Extraterrestrial Life?
How would the world’s religions react to the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence? There is, of course, no single answer. But for Christians who believe in the redemption of humanity through a singular event—the Incarnation of God through Christ—the question poses an especially complex dilemma.
To appreciate the conundrum, a good place to start is with the words of Father Jose Funes, a Jesuit astronomer and current director of the Vatican Observatory, who suggested in an interview that the possibility of “brother extraterrestrials” poses no problem for Catholic theology. “As a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God,” Funes told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “This does not conflict with our faith because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God.”
But, L’Osservatore Romano asked, what if these beings were sinners?
"Jesus became man once and for all," Funes responded. "The Incarnation is a single and unique event. So I am sure that also they, in some way, would have the chance to enjoy God’s mercy, just as it has happened with us human beings.”
There are some really interesting, disturbing, and ultimately wrong-headed views in this article. Exo-evangelism is simply disturbing. It’s also wrong-headed because, as discussed by people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, we can’t just assume aliens would be interested in us—even if intelligent. Does Yahweh only care about humans? Yes. We are supposedly created in his image. It’s dubiously ad hoc to assume that that can apply to extraterrestrials. Jesus on other planets? There’s strong evidence to suggest that even if there was a historical Jesus, he wasn’t the Christ of the Gospels. Thus, Jesus on this planet is highly doubtful; forget other planets! Interesting read nonetheless.