Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Best Video Evah

But not necessarily fit for polite company.

Which isn't a *bad* thing. "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
-- George Orwell

The Warrior Song.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christian faith vs. Alien life

As a science fiction writer and a Christian, the idea that religious faith can not withstand the discovery of intelligent alien life really gets on my nerves.

Instapundit linked this today.

It's pretty much exactly what I'd expect. The Vatican is hosting some event discussing the intersection of Christian faith and possible alien life. There's quite a bit to talk about.

Father Jose Funes, a Jesuit astronomer at the Vatican Observatory and one of the organisers of the conference, said: "As a multiplicity of creatures exists on Earth, so there could be other beings, also intelligent, created by God.

"This does not conflict with our faith, because we cannot put limits on the creative freedom of God."

And pretty much like I'd expect someone feels the need to assert that it would-so be a problem.

Not everyone agrees. Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist and author of The Goldilocks Enigma, told The Washington Post that the threat to Christianity is "being downplayed" by Church leaders.
There is no *threat* to Christianity in the discovery of intelligent alien life, or alien life at all. There's not even all that much of a theological question or adjustment that would have to be made by believers. It's not being "downplayed". The "threat" is being exaggerated by people extrapolating the reasoning behind their own abandonment of faith onto other people.

And I really think that anyone who hasn't already given up faith for science, who can live well and comfortably with the two in cohabitation... is not going to have a trauma if we find life out there.

There may be people who haven't given it a whole lot of thought, unlike science fiction writers, but very few who will not be flexible enough to adapt.