Witty and thought-provoking, two Vatican astronomers shed
provocative light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet.
“Imagine if a Martian
showed up, all big ears and big nose like a child’s drawing, and he asked to be
baptized. How would you react?”—Pope Francis, May, 2014
Pope Francis posed that question—without insisting on an
answer!—to provoke deeper reflection about inclusiveness and diversity in the
Church. But it’s not the first time that question has been asked.
Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller hear
questions like that all the time. They’re scientists at the Vatican
Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic
Church. In Would You Baptize an
Extraterrestrial? they explore a variety of questions at the crossroads of
faith and reason: How do you reconcile the big bang with Genesis? Was the Star
of Bethlehem just a pious religious story or an actual description of
astronomical events? What really went down between Galileo and the Catholic
Church—and why do the effects of that confrontation still reverberate to this
day? Will the Universe come to an end? And … could you really baptize an
With disarming humor, Brother Guy and Father Paul explore
these questions and more over the course of six days of dialogue. Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? will
make you laugh, make you think, and make you reflect more deeply on science,
faith, and the nature of the universe. Download and start listening now!