Saturday, 27 February 2016
Space Age Theology
In Larry Niven's and Jerry Pournelle's The Mote In God's Eye (London, 1959):
"It was [Chaplain Hardy's] job to determine if Moties were human. Horvath's scientists only wondered if they were intelligent." (p. 161)
I am not clear about how Hardy is using the word "human" here. Obviously, Moties are not of the same species as homo sapiens.
"...it was quite possible that [God] had created intelligent beings with no souls..." (ibid.)
Not in the Christian doctrine I was taught! We were told that Cartesian mind-body dualism was both revealed truth and philosophically provable.
"They might even be a form of angel..." (ibid.)
No. Angels are meant to be immaterial.
If I had Hardy to debate with, I would need first to clarify his understanding of Christian theology and secondly to articulate my disagreements with it.
Addendum: For discussion of the theology of aliens, see here and here.