Religion versus science may be one of the most polarizing topics of our time, and both are addressed with wisdom, wit, and insight in the book Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
Authors Guy Consolmagno and Paul Mueller are American Jesuit planetary scientists for the Vatican Observatory, the official astronomical research institute of the Catholic Church. In fact, the institute is located at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. With their official duties, scientific knowledge and the right to brag about their neighbor, Consolmagno and Mueller are in a unique niche occupation that provides interesting experiences - and lots of questions from the public.
It's a fascinating read that plays out under the umbrella of a bigger question: "Can Christian faith and science go hand in hand?" With refreshing common sense, Consolmagno and Mueller make it clear that it is possible to embrace both.
The book is written in the form of a dialogue between the two authors. Topics vary, but all stem from questions asked "all the time" in their line of work. No question is static or one dimensional and the authors take the time to dig deep and expand the discussions on the various topics in thought provoking discourse. Contradictions between Biblical accounts and scientific data are discussed openly and reasonably. Each well-considered response made this book all the more enjoyable. The reader can't help but deeply ponder their own opinions.
So, would the authors baptize an extraterrestrial? You'll have to investigate that topic yourself; but never fear! Consolmagno and Mueller will easily convince you that research and faith go together nicely.
[I received this book free, from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. And buddy, I always give it. ]