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June 11th, 2013
If God created the heavens and earth, what about life on other planets? Can I believe in God and extraterrestrial beings?

When we look at the two stories of creation in Genesis (yes, there are twolook them up), we read not a literal story but a mythological one, in the best sense of that term. The point of the story is that God cares for creation and human beings have a primary place as a special creation of God.

Science holds that there is the possibility of life on other planets. Mathematically speaking, it is quite possible that life may exist elsewhere in other galaxies.

The Church would take a humble position before God in stating that we do not know all things. Only God knows the origins and the hidden secrets of the universe. Therefore, should we discover life on other planets, we would believe that God was the creator of those beings. Our belief in God can in fact, deepen our experience of scientific discovery.

In Providentissimus Deus (On the Study of Holy Scripture) Pope Leo XIII stated emphatically that the writers of sacred scripture did not intend to teach people the nature of the visible universe.

Busted Halo® created a video related to this subject (mostly about evolution, but the subject of religion’s integration with science is also central to the theme) that you can watch here.

from Mike Hayes and the Busted Halo Question Box


Today’s homework assignment: Spend at least 15 minutes outside today reflecting on the beauty of God's creation. Then, remembering we are only one small part of the incomprehensibly large universe, thank God for all creation, that which we know and that which we do not.

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  • meerkat13

    Wonderful article and video, and I love the homework. I walk for several miles in nature almost every day for exercise and contemplation, praising God along the way for the beauty, diversity and helpfulness of all creatures. It’s a wonderful way to start a day in a creative and positive frame of mind, or end a stressful day on an uplifting note.

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