Interesting Question & Music Monday
So, Fr. Fox over at Bonfire of the Vanities has posed a very iteresting question in a post titled Should Klingons be Baptized?
Basically, the question boils down to...if (when?) we discover sentient "alien" life in the universe are we called to evangelize to them also, or is the Gospel message and the Great Commission solely binding to humankind?
What a fascinating and thought provoking question. Fr. Fox goes on to pose several secondary questions (it's important to remember that all of this is being asked from a Catholic viewpoint) such as, could the "alien" males serve be ordained? And, could they be ordained to the priesthood and serve in persona Christi? If humans and the "alien" species couldn't procreate could they get married? What if they could procreate? That's just a sampling because there are some really interesting lines of thought to be followed from such a query.
Follow the link above to see the original question and responses. Some of the responses have focused on how this would be similar to when the Europeans invaded the Americas and there was debate on whether the indigenous inhabitants were human. I can see the relation to this question, but I don't think that the two situations were similar. I mean when the Europeans invaded the Americas they were able to have a debate on the humanness of the indigenous inhabitants...when we invade (I mean discover, but I guess they could invade us just as easily) another world there will be really no way to argue that the "aliens" are human.
It's an interesting theological quandry. One I'm really intrigued by. Check it out and make comments on his blog if 'cause I'll be checking back into this conversation.
Music Monday (hey Rev. Rodgers...check out #5, remember when you thought I made band names up? haha!)
1. Lord Move, Or Move Me. FFH
2. That's What Love's About. Stacie Orrico
3. Sweet Caroline. Neil Diamond (Secret Exposed: I am a HUGE Neil Diamond fan!)
4. Contest Song. Thunder Hill
5. 20 Nothing. Skankin' Pickle
6. Cover Me. FFH
7. A Country Boy Can Survive. Hank Williams, Jr.
8. The Way You Love Me. Faith Hill
9. Marlboro Man. The Toasters
10. Out of the Window. Violent Femmes
The rules for bloggers who want to play:
Get your iPod or media-player of choice set the thing to shuffle, then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!
Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria (ca. 310)