The Evolution of Intelligent Life on Earth and Possibly Elsewhere: Reflections from a Religious Tradition

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  • Level: university

Fr. George V. Coyne, S. J., Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978 to 2006, writes that given the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligences, “theologians must accept a serious responsibility to rethink some fundamental realities within the context of religious belief. What is the human being? Could Jesus Christ, fully a human being, exist on more than one planet at more than one time?”

A version of this article appeared in Many Worlds: The New Universe, Extraterrestrial Life, and the Theological Implications (Templeton, 2000).

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