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Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? [PDF / Epub] ☆ Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? By Guy Consolmagno – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Witty and thought provoking two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet “Imagine if a Martian showed up all big ears and big nose lik Witty and thought provoking Baptize an eBook ´ two Vatican astronomers shed provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet “Imagine 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 Would You eBook Ï that uestion – without insisting on an answer – to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the Church But it's not the first time that uestion has been askedBrother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear uestions like that all the time They’re scientists at the Vatican Observatory the official astronomical research institute of You Baptize an PDF Ì the Catholic Church In Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial they explore a variety of uestions 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 extraterrestrialWith disarming humor Brother Guy and Father Paul explore these uestions 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 Baptize an eBook ´ planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory BA and MA at MIT PhD 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 he joined the US Peace Corps to serve in Kenya for two years Would You eBook Ï teaching astronomy and physics After his return he.



10 thoughts on “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

  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 uestions we've been asked time and again—uestions that are interesting in themselves but that tend also to presuppose a conflict of some sort between religion and science This intent leads to rich interesting dialogues I use the word dialogues intentionally because the book is structured as a conversation between the two authors who are astronomers for the Vatican Each is a highly accredited scientist and a Jesuit The broad topics they discussBiblical Genesis or the Big Bang? how science and religion can have different but complementary ways of viewing the same subjectWhat Happened to Poor Pluto? how scientific theories and ideas change over timeWhat Really Happened to Galileo? how religion can or should respond when science changesWhat Was the Star of Bethlehem? how can God be active in a universe governed by scientific lawsWhat's Going to Happen When the World Ends? How can humans be important to God in a universe that will come to an endWould You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? what could the message of Christ mean in an endless univers with countless planets and possibly countless other intelligent racesThe list above doesn't properly convey the riches contained within Each chapter careens from science to faith to history and then back again It is really like following an actual conversation where you can never tell exactly what sorts of ideas will flow from the give and takeAlso each chapter asks you to image a different setting which helps to illustrate the points they are making One is in the Chicago Art Institute another at Antarctica yet another at the Restaurant at the End of the World If that last one makes you think of Douglas Adams books you are correct These fellows have lively senses of humor and a love of science fiction to bootAs an example the Star of Bethlehem chapter was set in the Papal Summer Palace with the Vatican Observatory telescopes It went something like this Scientific possibilities for unusual events in the sky around the time Jesus was born including conjunctions of planets Possible interpretations of scripture Matthew about the event including how standards in interpretation have shifted over the ages Who were the Magi why did they come from the East and what part could astrology play Ancient cosmology of the spheres Comets God's actions in human history and the true nature of a miracle Old versus new ways of thinking about the physical world What is a mystery scientific versus religious mysteries How do men of science and faith see this event as opportunities for encounters with the divineEvery chapter was like a roller coaster ride of new ideas melding of concepts and considerations of different opinions exactly like following a lively conversation with a couple of friendsThe authors are really good at talking about both science and faith in ways that are eminently reasonable and understandable I was wary of the dialogue format but wound up enjoying it a lot because they could use it to show a variety of points of view including the points where they disagreed with each other I think this would be an excellent book to share with all sorts of folks whether Catholic or notThis seems like the perfect book for someone who is interested in both faith and science And if you are interested in one and wary of the other I think it could be very fruitful if for no other reason than to understand how the other side thinks If you keep an open mind you may be surprised at how well faith and science go together Like a couple of folded hands in factVery highly recommended


  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 who for some reason have stopped reading the Bible figuratively and atheist fundamentalists who likewise ignore the value that faith has for other people and group all people of faith with the nutjobs who think Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs Fantastic experience reading this Can't recommend it enough


  3. Tom LA Tom LA says:

    Clever funny creative original necessary work The two authors explore a variety of uestions 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 as well look at the painting as a collection of dots If you look at it through the lense of religion you can see the meaning of the painting and the bigger picture Both views can be true without contradicting each other like science and faith If one is true it doesn't mean the other one is false


  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 countsSix uestions are discussed by the two religious scientists They're topics that kind of have one foot in the rational world and one in the ineffable Big Bang vs Genesis; Pluto's demotion this one was a major stretch; The Galileo affair; The Star of Bethlehem; The end of the universe; and finally the issue of baptizing aliens The guys did their best to present both sides and I applaud the effort They just didn't pull it off though For example in the Galileo chapter they never once presented coherently the theological basis for rejection of heliocentrism Perhaps they knew it would sound idiotic? I don't know maybe my expectations were too high I had bought this book for Grandma and she seemed to like it I however was disappointed Don't expect in depth theological analysis or scientific description Just appreciate the concept


  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 historical context is provided The Best treatment of Galileo I have read Challenges the pernicious growth of 'scientism' and also challenges the curious historical amnesia of many of the aggressive secularists and atheists


  6. Miguel Panão Miguel Panão says:

    For than 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 uestions 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 the science the authors' present is difficult but understandable if you take your time with it; I followed most of what was being discussed The method used for these discussions is a dialog between Guy and Paul For the most part this is effective and some of their humor is right on target Some humor is just silly and causes groansYes if you want to engage in a discussion on faith and science this would be a great book to use You might supplement the Galileo chapter with the Bertolt Brecht play Galileo or Dava Sobel's work Galileo's Daughter For the chapter on extraterrestrials you couldn't go wrong reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell The chapter on the end of the universe is filled with references to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The use of art from the Art Institute of Chicago in the chapter on creation is well done Every so often I need to challenge myself with a hard book and this book was that title currently While I enjoy my brain candy of mysteries I do need to stretch myself into areas in which I am not completely familiar I'm glad I picked this book up


  8. Pedro Pedro says:

    The book is well written and delves into 5 uestions 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 uestion of the what if Baptism of the extraterrestrialI got this book because I was writing a What if collection that may one day become something larger and the title of the book mislead and somehow disappointed me Nonetheless the book is good written in form of a dialogue between two Jesuits that work at the observatory of the Vatican


  9. Steven Jacke Steven Jacke says:

    One of the best books I've read all year Made me wish I was CatholicSet as a dialogue between two friends around 6 different uestions this book made me say I wish all Christians thought this way Each uestion expands to cover a wider topic For example What was the Star of Bethlehem? starts with various astrological possibilities before become a discussion of miracles and even Biblical interpretation


  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 uestions 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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