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He scoured the pages of God, Man and the Universe. Nothing. The Kingdom of God mentioned Exodus and Ezekiel but not Extraterrestrial. Who Is A Christian? Didn’t say if aliens were or not. Where Do We Stand? Did not know where Christians stood on the issue of aliens. Father Herbert looked through A Summary Of Christian Doctrine and The Doctrine of God. Nothing. That evening Brother Blachford came again to the library. ’ he asked. ‘Diddly-squat’ said Father Herbert. ’ 65 Giordano Bruno would spend hours jumping up and down on his bed overcome with the singular beauty and scale of the universe he had glimpsed.
Some sought to end the whole matter with a nervous laugh. While the radical theologians searched in vain for effective counter-arguments their conservative brothers, ostrich like, went on with the Great Deception, daring not to speech of space and pretending nothing had happened. After morning prayers Father Herbert went to the library and read The Great Fundamental Truths of Religion which had lots of underling in it but no mention of aliens. After that Father Herbert tried Doing Theology in a Revolutionary Situation but it too failed to mention aliens.
X Every leader of the Church has been in violent opposition to the plurality of worlds. Astronomers chose not to publicly discuss the new cosmos’ most intriguing implication. The only exception to these ‘pregnant silences’ was Giordano Bruno who espoused his belief in the plurality of worlds as loudly as he could. After morning prayers Father Herbert looked through The Catholic Encyclopaedia for any reference to aliens. ’ When he looked for the heading ‘Extraterrestrials’ he found only ‘Extrargentes’.