Dr. Guy Consolmagno divides his time between Tucson, Arizona, . So it’s a religious statement to say the physical universe is worth devoting my life to. Earth and to search for life elsewhere, including other intelligent life. Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ (born September 19, ), is an American research astronomer, Jesuit religious brother, and Director of the Vatican Observatory, and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Bibliography; 3 See also; 4 References; 5 External links Catholic belief and the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life (Catholic. “The countless worlds in the universe are no worse and no less of them, Brother Guy Consolmagno, said he’d be “delighted” if alien life were.
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A planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids as an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory sinceBrother Consolmagno said he hopes the questions about life on other planets will focus more on how humanity sees itself. While the discovery of life elsewhere will not prove nor disprove the existence of God, Brother Consolmagno expects that it will open the door to ponder what form salvation history may take in other intelligent societies.
The longtime Vatican astronomer addresses the same question and a series of others that cross the threshold between science and religion in a new book, “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? Co-written by Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, another Vatican Observatory astronomer, the book uses a series of easy-to-read conversations between the two in an effort to explain how the church supports science and provide insight into how religion works.
Not all is as black and white as people imagine, and there’s no conflict between science and religion, Brother Consolmagno said. They’re all very contingent. Now I understand how this works, but that opens up a new mystery that I hadn’t seen before and now I can explore that mystery,” he explained.
The religious questions give you the framework that gives you the motivation to ask the science questions, gives you the confidence the science is going to work and explains to you why I get this excitement at holding a rock from outer space.
Did God make that star? Does God arrange things?
Does God use divine coincidences? He said there is no conflict between his faith life and his scientific life. It’s supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong.
God makes himself known through joy. Lewis wrote about that in his book ‘Surprised by Joy. I get joy along with a sense of contentment and peace in a church in prayer. I get joy when I work with the poor, when I work with students, when I work with the elderly. They look to the aliens to be saviors of mankind. The award is being given for his work in communicating planetary science to the general public.
He also is planning the Vatican Observatory Foundation’s first Faith and Astronomy Workshop for clergy, religious and laypeople working in parish education. The application deadline is Sept.
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