Following on from part 1,
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As I mentioned in Part 1, in the absence of sanctioned Inquisitors, I’m going to play “The Game” with Hard Science Fiction in general from a Catholic theological point of view. Why? All fiction requires some extent of the suspension of disbelief. Hard Science Fiction attempts to minimise that as much as possible. But the problem is that Hard Science Fiction, just as Science in general, denies the existence of God, and in particular the Truths of the Catholic Church. This makes the suspension of disbelief more difficult for the Catholic.
It’s at this point that I need to remind the reader, that I write from the perspective that the Dogmatic teachings of the Catholic Church are the fullness of the Truth, that all other religions are false and that there is no other means of Salvation than by the means that the Catholic Church teaches as Dogma (meaning; to be believed).
Science, in denying the ontological Truths of the Catholic Faith, such as the existence of the Soul, wastes it’s time and effort on areas, that a Catholic would logically say “that’s most likely a dead end”. Hence in Fiction the suspension of disbelief more difficult for the Catholic, I am going to play “The Game” in order to help people understand that concept.
Please note that I will use terms like “Impossible”, what I mean is “according to the current understanding of Catholic Dogma, this is Impossible”.
Why do I make this important note? Galileo. As a scientist, he was able to prove that the Earth rotated around the Sun (heliocentric), not the other way round (geocentric). The Church authorities, who were not scientific at the time, threatened to condemn him as a heretic, unless he recanted. The reason for this was the inappropriate application of the Dogma of the Inerrancy of Sacred Scripture. I say inappropriate, because as Augustine said:
For I confess to your Charity that I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone do I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. And if in these writings I am perplexed by anything which appears to me opposed to truth, I do not hesitate to suppose that either the manuscript is faulty, or the translator has not caught the meaning of what was said, or I myself have failed to understand it.
Notice how Augustine doesn’t jump down the neck of the Scientist…
The Inquisition Part II
Sapient Alien Lifeforms
The concept that on other worlds life has developed sapience, equal to or greater than human beings.
Response: Impossible as stated
There are two fundamental Dogmas that this particular speculation contradicts.
Firstly, the Dogma that the Immortal Soul is a Divine creation, not a natural development.
Sapient Alien lifeforms is the natural extrapolation of the prevalent scientific error; atheistic Darwinism. It is the denial of the Catholic Creator God. Here the Science Fiction writers use the concept of Darwinism to justify that life can naturally “develop” sapience. This can’t happen. Sapience is an expression of the Intellect and the Will, which are the two supreme faculties of the Soul. The Soul is the image and likeness of God, it is created by God.
Secondly, the Dogma of the Incarnation.
Sapient Alien lifeforms can’t exist because the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity (the only one God), God the Son became a man (named Jesus) and was born of a virgin woman named Mary. Thus, the Blessed Virgin Mary is titled the Mother of God. Sapient Alien lifeforms can’t exist because of that fact.
If you can’t work that one out, the logic goes like this:
Three Divine Persons, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost,
All distinct from one another, yet all God, not Gods plural, one God.
God the Son, assumed human flesh and a human soul, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and became Man. This is the Dogma of the Incarnation.
At the moment of conception, the One God creates a soul and unites it to matter, that being is a human, from conception to natural death.
Science Fiction writer Indy M Ryte pretends that on the planet Zog six-limbed Zogglites “develop” sentience, launch their Zog destroyers into space, and arrive at earth declaring non-zogs Zogged.
Translated into Catholic Fiction, it would read: God creates Immortal Souls infused to the bodies of the six-limbed Zogglites from the planet Zog, and clearly since they are belligerent have also suffered from Original Sin and are therefore in need of salvation.
Hence the impossible conundrum.
God became Flesh in the womb of a female human being, named the Blessed Virgin Mary. He became Flesh in order that by His Sacrificial death in His Humanity, He could reconcile the human race to God and bring about the possibility of Salvation.
40 days after His resurrection (in His glorified human body) He Ascended into Heaven, and reigns there (in His glorified human body) until the end of time.
There is no salvation outside of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (that’s the Roman Catholic Church united under the Pope).
I could go on, but hopefully you’ve got the gist on why Sapient Alien lifeforms don’t fit with Catholic Dogma.
Finally there are two associated points I wish to make.
1. There is nothing in Catholic Dogma that contradicts the possibility of life on other planets.
Nor the possibility of highly specialised and efficient predatory life that would make mincemeat of any “squishy” human visitors (read: nyom nyom), such as depicted in Alien.
Catholic Dogma only contradicts the possibility of life like humans. So no ET, Predators or giant Blue Cat dances-with-wolves-ferngully rip-offs.
2. There is a peculiar trend that I noticed about Science Fiction alien movies. The archetypical Alien Invasion. They come to earth to destroy us, they decend from the sky, and attempt to wipe out humanity. Humanity has to run away or fight them.
This basic plot is seen in: Independence Day, Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, Battleship, Signs, War of the Worlds, The Avengers, Transformers, Enders Game, Oblivion, Starship Troopers etc.
What did I notice?
This plot trope is a perversion of the Book of Revelations. It perverts the Book of Revelations, indoctrinating the viewer to fear things that come from above, fight them, hate them. This is particularly easy to see in the film Skyline, where the antagonists are swathed in light. Read Revelations, then watch any of these movies. Compare. Nice tactic Satan, indoctrinate the people of earth to do exactly what it says will happen in Revelations:
Behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains:
And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?