Friday, November 13, 2009

"Alien life raises many theological implications" said the Vatican yesterday

It seems the The Sparrow by Maria Gloria Russel was more prophetic than I realised.  The ABC reported today that at a conference being held currently in Rome to discuss the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, "Jesuit priest Father Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory ... said the possibility of alien life raises 'many philosophical and theological implications.'"  (The protestants haven't been completely idle, on the throwaway table at the Ridley Library I found God in the Space Age by Martin J. Heinecken.)

4 comments:

Radagast said...

Or perhaps it was the 1958 novel A Case of Conscience by James Blish that was prophetic... :)

Luke said...

That's astounding, it's almost a dry run for The Sparrow! Hey John did you see this? It's kinda taken the punch/omph out of the novel for me.

Donners said...

shame....maybe Maria Doria Russel got 'lucky' with the sparrow - her other book about Italian Jewish immigrants- made me fall asleep...

John Dekker said...

Oh dear... I hadn't heard of that book until now.