Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation. By Thomas F. O'Meara. Collegeville, Minn.: Michael Glazier, 2012. ix and 104 pages. Paper. $12.95.
Do you ever gaze into the night sky and glimpse the Milky Way? A single galaxy among 125 billion galaxies, each with billions of stars. Earthlings occupy a single planet in a single solar system in a single galaxy. We live in a vast universe, entirely beyond our fathoming.
While some have argued for an anthropic principle that would render improbable the emergence of life and intelligent life on other planets, Thomas O'Meara argues, based on probability and given the expanse of the universe, that conditions for other habitable planets with advanced beings is quite high, perhaps "one in every four hundred thousand star systems" (10). What are the implications for Christian theology that holds to the particularity of the incarnation of God in the human person Jesus Christ?
O'Meara is Warren Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, who in this scientifically-grounded book has posed speculative questions for us to ponder. Odds are that intelligent beings would have evolved different...