Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes from the Vatican Observatory has some interesting thoughts on extraterrestrials. Here are the major interesting points from the article.
- There could be other creatures in the universe and this doesn’t conflict with our faith.
- They may or may not need redemption, because they may or may not be fallen.
- They may be evil, but they would have the possibility of God’s mercy
Sounds like someone at the Vatican observatory has been reading C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy! Funes hesitated to speculate on the eternal fate of Vulcans, but seemed to think that Klingons are almost certainly fallen.
In any case, here’s my quasi-serious speculative theological question for the day (Jose, if you’re listening, feel free to chime in). If they need redemption, would it be through Jesus? If not, how do you work this out theologically?