Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? ... and Other Questions from the Astronomer’s In-box at the Vatican Observatory


Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller's Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? ... and Other Strange Questions from the Inbox at the Vatican Observatory uses the authors' personal experiences as scientists and Jesuits to explore those touch points where science and religion seem to conflict, including the possibility of baptizing extraterrestrials, the true nature of the Star of Bethlehem, what happened with the church and Galileo, reconciling the scientific account of the Big Bang and the Genesis account of creation, among other thorny issues that ultimately reflect something larger about our human impulse to know and discover the world.


North American publisher: Image Books (October 2014)

Audiobook publisher: Penguin Random House Audio

Foreign rights sold: German to Herber; Portuguese (Portugal only) to Gradiva; Italian to Rizzoli

Foreign rights contact: Gary Jansen, Image Books

Film rights contact: Gillian MacKenzie (gmackenzie@gillianmackenzieagency.com)


"An excellent primer for anyone remotely interest in building a bridge between religious faith and scientific investigation." —Publishers Weekly

"A fascinating compilation of conversations focused on six main questions "from the inbox" of the Vatican Observatory with somewhat irreverent answers written as often humorous dialogue between the two Jesuit priests." —The Daily Beast

"I can’t think of two people better suited to address some essential questions about science that Christians get asked (and ask themselves) on a regular basis. How can you reconcile the Big Bang theory with the belief in God as the Creator of the universe? Is the Catholic Church really against science? Can a scientific person be a believer? Can a believer look to science for answers that religion cannot provide? And what really happened with Galileo? These two talented Jesuit scientists answer these and many more of the most persistent questions about science and religion, in this fascinating, inviting, and frankly necessary new book." —James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

"The book’s authors—both scientists and one a philosopher—have produced a serious work for serious people of faith to digest. Perhaps the greatest success of the book is the compelling invitation it makes to the reader to join the parallel quests of science and religion." —U.S. Catholic magazine

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