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Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory Witty and thought provoking, two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meetImagine if a Martian showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child s drawing, and he asked to be baptized How would you react Pope Francis, May,Pope Francis posed that question without insisting on an answer to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church But it s not the first time that question has been askedBrother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear questions like that all the time They re scientists at the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial theyexplore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason How do you reconcile the The Big Bang with Genesis Was the Star of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of astronomical events What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic Church and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this day Will the Universe come to an end And could you really baptize an extraterrestrial With disarming humor, Brother Guy and Father Paul explore these questions and over the course of six days of dialogue Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial will make you laugh, make you think, and make you reflect deeply on science, faith, and the nature of the universe


About the Author: Guy Consolmagno

American research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory B.A and M.A at MIT, Ph.D at the University of Arizona s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, all in planetary science After postdoctoral research and teaching at Harvard College Observatory and MIT, in 1983 he joined the US Peace Corps to serve in Kenya for two years, teaching astronomy and physics After his return he took a position as Assistant Professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.In 1989 he entered the Society of Jesus, and took vows as a brother in 1991 On entry into the order, he was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory, where he also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, positions he has held since then In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he has also studied philosophy and theology source Wikipedia



10 thoughts on “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: . . . and Other Questions from the Astronomers' In-box at the Vatican Observatory

  1. Julie Davis Julie Davis says:

    Rereading for an upcoming book club And loving it just as much the second time around This book is structured around a half dozen particular questions we ve been asked time and again questions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose a conflict of some sort between religi


  2. Trevin Sandlin Trevin Sandlin says:

    5 stars Thank you, God, for the Jesuits I want to give this book to every fundamentalist both atheist and religious and then beat them over the head with it Science and religion are only in conflict if you let them be They have not always been so And BOTH sides are to blame both religious fundamentalists


  3. Tom LA Tom LA says:

    Clever, funny, creative, original, necessary work The two authors explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of faith and reason The dialogue format makes the book extremely readable and fast I loved the analogy with a pointillist painting if you look at reality only through the lense of science, you might


  4. Colin Colin says:

    First of all, Jesuit Vatican Astronomers Yes, that s a real thing Second, I appreciate the attempt to ease the antagonism between faith and science It doesn t work that well, but it s the thought that counts.Six questions are discussed by the two religious scientists They re topics that kind of have one foot in the rat


  5. Tim Byron Tim Byron says:

    Very interesting and stimulating reading for the openminded and intelligent reader Certainly belongs to a very small but desperately needed genre, sophisticated religious books by practising scientists What is outstanding in the topics covered is the exploration of the Galileo affair, sorely needed myth busting and important


  6. Miguel Panão Miguel Panão says:

    Forthan 10 years I reflect on the interaction between science and religion I learn a lot with this book and this is the best review I can make If you want to expand your horizons, read it too.


  7. Donna Donna says:

    I am not now nor have I ever been a scientist This book is written by two Jesuit scientists, an astronomer and a physicist They address some of the typical questions that are raised to foment discussion on faith and science the Big Bang vs Genesis, the Galileo affair, the end of the world, and, yes, intelligent life in the universe Most of


  8. Pedro Pedro says:

    The book is well written and delves into 5 questions The Big Bang and the Genesis, The fate of Pluto, What happened to Galileo, What was the star of Bethlehem and What s going to happen when the World ends Ah, I almost forgot, in the last few pages it handles, not with the best solution in my opinion, the question of the what if Baptism of the ex


  9. Steven Jacke Steven Jacke says:

    One of the best books I ve read all year Made me wish I was Catholic.Set as a dialogue between two friends around 6 different questions, this book made me say, I wish all Christians thought this way Each question expands to cover a wider topic For example, What was the Star of Bethlehem starts with various astrological possibilities, before become a dis


  10. Nick D Nick D says:

    As someone who is not religious, but respects religion, I thought this book was pretty interesting Hearing devoutly religious scientists discuss common religion vs science questions allowed me to see things from a wider perspective It hasn t exactly changed my mind about anything, but it s still neat to know the line of thinking of those I disagree with.


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