Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? By Guy Consolmagno and Paul Mueller

For centuries, it seems like science and religion have been battling each other for superiority. Which one is the final authority? What side do you choose?

But what about this concept: science and religion are not adversaries, but companions working together to find the truth.

Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? is written by two Jesuits who do research at the Vatican Observatory (which I had no clue the Vatican had its own observatory). As the title suggests, the book looks into the silly questions they get from tourists and theological inquisitors; however the book discusses the meaningful issues of the Big Bang, Pluto’s planet status, the saga of Galileo, the star of Bethlehem, the end of the world, and extraterrestrial life.

The main theme of the book is the growing relationship between science and religion. Generally speaking, scientists see religious people as anti-intellectual nut jobs while religious folk see scientists as nihilistic, misguided atheists. But, this book strives for the middle. Science is not static, and neither is religion. The science of the Big Bang does not destroy or belittle the work of God, it actually can enhance it.

This is a good book with a share of boring parts. The whole chapter on Pluto seemed superfluous. The book’s dialogue structure was unnecessary. The content concerning the relationship between science and religion was really fascinating.