Re: G. Coyne, priest, astronomer

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jan 07 2002 - 18:35:23 MST

scerir wrote:
> G. Coyne, priest (jesuit), astronomer, director of the Vatican Observatories
> ^^^^^^^^^
> (at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome, but also in Arizona), said that the existence
> of extraterrestrial life is "possible" and thinking that we are alone in the
> universe might be "foolish". The problem he envisages is this. Assuming
> the existence of e.t. life, does or did Jesus visit every each e.t. world ?
> How is that possible? Cute, imo.

Well, this assumes that a) the God known as Yahweh/Jehovah/etc has
exclusive deitic franchise throughout the universe, that b) nobody else
has ever moonlighted or impersonated a god long enough to create a new
intelligent species of their own, that c) all intelligent species in the
Universe are as blinkingly stupid as we are that they need Exiles from
Eden, Floods and Arks, as well as first and second comings (as well as
cameo appearances by other prophets) before they finally get the point
like we did, that d) God has a far better record at beaming his only son
back upstairs without all that hassle of needing resurrection (if I were
Jesus I'd demand far better contract terms than whatever he had back
then. You could tell he was pissed that God was overdue off staring at
the Megellanic Cloud or something).

My vision of aliens is far more akin to the Farklar race depicted in the
"Starvin' Marvin In Space" episode of South Park:
Christian missionary: "We've come to teach you how Jesus died to save
your souls."
Farklar emissary: "Yes, that's nice, thank you very much, good bye."

Mike Lorrey
"Everything is Farklar"

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