Jews and Alien Life Forms

It was reported earlier this week that Mars Rover Curiosity discovered organic molecules which are the carbon-based building blocks of life. These molecules might have been from an ancient life source. “If biology is not unique to the Earth, or life elsewhere differs bio-chemically from our version, or we ever make contact with an intelligent species in the vastness of space, the implications for our self-image will be profound,” said Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer and former director of the Vatican Observatory. Some theologians fear that the integrity of the biblical creation story, which many see as a text that asserts that life only exists here on our planet, will be called into question if alien life is found. And, if the creation story – the first story in the Bible – is undermined, what happens to the rest of the religious world? Fortunately, for those of us in…