Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith: Are We Alone in the Universe with God and the Angels?

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Does intelligent life exist beyond earth?

For more than half a century, the question of extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) has been widely dismissed in our culture. That wasn’t always the case. Some of the best minds of the last twenty-five centuries in Western civilization have grappled with this mystery.

In Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith, best-selling author Paul Thigpen begins with a fascinating historical survey of the public conversation about ETI, tracing the thought of prominent Catholics and others. Well-known figures such as Plato, Saint John Chrysostom, René Descartes, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, and C. S. Lewis all speculated about the possibilities of life beyond our planet. Even Catholic saints and blesseds spoke of ETI, such as Pope Saint. John Paul II, Saint (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina, and Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.

In light of this history, readers will discover answers to these questions:

  • How do Scripture and Catholic teaching shed light on this topic?
  • Are alleged encounters with ETI simply a form of demonic deception?
  • Is belief in ETI compatible with the Catholic Church’s teaching?
  • What might be the spiritual and moral status of ETI, and what relationship might they have to Jesus Christ?
  • Would the confirmed existence of ETI undermine the Christian faith, as some have claimed?
  • How can thinking about ETI deepen our faith and enhance our understanding of the Church’s teaching about God and His creation, Jesus Christ and salvation, and God’s ultimate intention for His creatures?

Still more, a concluding appendix addresses the related issue of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and the speculation surrounding them.

Recent developments in astrophysics, technology, and UFO-related disclosures by the Pentagon have reawakened the public discussion about ETI. Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith is a thorough guide to navigating the conversation from a faithful Catholic perspective.

TAN Books
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Paul Thigpen, PhD

5 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by A r. on May 24th 2023

    Dr. Thigpen is excellent in this! I love how the information is presented, very academic and rooted in the Catholic faith. Well done!

  • 5
    Good, balanced presentation

    Posted by MARY B. on Mar 23rd 2023

    This is a well researched book on ET intelligence for Catholics.

  • 5
    I gave this book to

    Posted by KATRINA H. on Dec 1st 2022

    I gave this book to my daughter for Christmas. Nicole Katrina absolutely loved it !!! She takes it to work with her. This book will bring her back to Mass. Thank You!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Jay S. on Jul 12th 2022

    It is excellent because it makes you think from a scientific perspective but most of all from a theological perspective and it is faithful to the Church. I highly recommend it.

  • 5

    Posted by Phillip B. on Jul 11th 2022

    I did not know some of the Saints quotes, especially St. Pio. I'm still reading it. It's making me think.

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