So was Jesus Christ "Beamed Up?"
According to a statement recently released by Vatican Astronomer Father Gabriel Funes, this is not completely out of the realm of possibility.
Father Funes released an article titled, Aliens Are My Brother, in which he details a few different extraterrestrial scenarios as they relate to Christian theology.
More interestingly, he goes on to speculate that alien life could be "free from Original Sin."
For years I have been a proponent of the union between science and religion. Well, perhaps not union exactly, but at least an understanding that not all can be explained by math and not all inexplicable can be attributed to God. As the "Church" loses more and more lemmings/followers, I can only assume that they are slowly beginning to accept that change is inevitable. Unfortunately they feel they must go about things in these, odd, supernatural ways.
Gabriel Funes says, "mistakes were made, but it is time to turn the page and look towards the future. Science and religion need each other, and many astronomers believe in God..."
As rediculous and hypocritical (naturally) as it may seem, I am glad to see changes. In my life, I wouldn't have ever expected to see changes as dramatic as these. During our short time on this planet, we have seen the Vatican accept the possibility of the Big Bang theory, finally accept the likelihood of some type of human evolution and even extraterrestrial life!
Sidenote: The Vatican is actually organizing a conference next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the author of the Origin of Species!
Religion isn't really known for its progress unless it is some type of bloody "cleansing," but I am glad to see the blinders come off, at least for a little while. There are so many people that need religion in their lives to keep them in line.
More Links: (BBC News, Mental Floss)