December 02, 2004

Center and circumference

I wonder what the theological implications of this are:

The search for life on Mars, now more than a century old, is still not finally resolved. But the odds that life existed there and may still exist are shortening, according to planetary experts, Dr Kargel said.

Nobody any longer expects Martian life forms to be anything like those on Earth. But there remains a possibility that bacteria or other microscopic organisms may survive in regions where there is still water. On Earth, almost every imaginable habitat, including deep underground, has specialised bacteria called extremophiles living and thriving.

Posted by Ideofact at December 2, 2004 09:55 PM

I'm not sure why finding life on Mars would have any more theological implications than discovering America. It's a big hunk of creation that wasn't mentioned in the Bible, but there are a lot of those.

Posted by: Camassia at December 4, 2004 03:37 PM

If I recall rightly, discovering the New World did set off a good deal of theological debate, with one typical discussion revolving around the question of whether the natives should partake in the Last Supper, since grapes (and thus wine) were not indigenous to the New World.

And, of course, other faiths that don't regard the Bible too highly have their own theological debates...

Posted by: Bill at December 5, 2004 04:20 PM