I like physicist Paul Davies. I quote him several times in my upcoming book Proving God. I like him because he is not afraid to take on issues concerning God and creation. He has written a couple of books that address the issues of existence and why the universe has a rational and orderly structure. He discusses God not just from simple faith or belief, but he explores “purposeful creation” from the framework of science.
Now he is theorizing that microbes from outer space may be living in our backyards, or even in our noses! While this is a wild idea, Davies still proceeds with all the caution of a true scientist. There is some real scientific evidence for exploring such possibilities.
In a nutshell, meteors from outer space have shown possible signs that they harbored microbial activity within their mineral makeup. Microbes on earth can survive the greatest environmental extremes found on earth. Microbes are nature’s best-designed and best-engineered organic forms for space travel as “escape pods.” And they can eat practically anything.
I suspect that other planets and other solar systems have exchanged organic life forms over a period of several billion years with the earth. The problem is that no one knows what to look for in a microbe that would flag its extraterrestrial origins. Even if an alien microbe started out consisting of strange and novel elements, it could easily adapt to the earth’s environment over long periods of time and take on more of its features.
What I like about such scientific conversations is that it opens up our worldview of reality to embrace a paradigm shift—a broader one.
Life on other planets suggests that bio-complexity is not a rare or chance occurrence. Some scientists believe that the universe may even be teeming with life.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg went even further. He not only claimed that the universe was teeming with intelligent life, but that they all were humanlike and acknowledged a Supreme Being.
I predict that in this century we will find evidence of other intelligent beings in the universe plus powerful evidence that our current theological systems are incomplete.