Exo-Vaticana: Unpacking the Copernican Principle

The creed prompting much Astrobiological research is called the Copernican principle. Named after Nicolaus Copernicus, this tenet states that the Earth is not in a central, preferred position in the cosmos. Although there are arguments that support the idea that our location is special, most astronomers infer much more than our placement within the universe. Naturalists, who exclude God entirely, extrapolate the “principle of mediocrity,” the idea that the Earth is a mediocre planet among many and, by combining the assumptions of Darwinism and origins of life research, humanity is merely an evolved primate of no special significance, so that things once thought sacred are really only trifling coincidences of deterministic, natural law.


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  1. Coleen Clark says:

    Why can’t both postulates be at least semi-true? Perhaps Earth is a specially favored planet, because Yahweh chose to send His Son here to demonstrate Love for All the Universe.

    If Father-God chose Israel as a favored nation, why couldn’t Earth be a/the specially-favored planet? This idea comes to mind based on the extremely creative personality of El Shaddai…the one who created hundreds of genera and species of various types of earth creatures.

    Humanity could be extremely significant for the reason that Mankind could conceivably take Jesus Christ’s message of Love and Eternal Life to the rest of sentient beings in our local universe.

    Mankind’s uniqueness (created in the Image of God; Gen. 1:27: Hebrew “tselem” meaning “shade”), could provide the basis for our exceptionalism.

    Western minds have a difficult time grasping the concept that time is not necessarily linear, or determined by our own cultural reckoning…therefore….

    Regardless of the vast timeline differences involved in the development of sentient civilizations in far corners of the universe, because Jesus’ Death and Resurrection were planned/known by father at the foundation/creation of our universe, time does not matter.(Rev. 17:8). Past or future exo-civilizations both could be influenced by the Life, Death and Resurrection of Yeshua Ha Maschiach, whose message could be carried by explorer/colonist astronauts in the relatively near future.

  2. Charles says:

    Mr. Putnam, I have recently heard your messages on the internet about the prophecy of the popes, and your book Petrus Romanus. I also heard on the internet your messages on the Vatican and Aliens. I have listened to many of these talks that you and Tom Horn and Steve Quayle have had. I would like to say thank you for talking about these subjects. We are certainly living in unprecedented times; and again thank you for witnessing to God. I’m 51 years old, and come from a catholic family. I have many protestant friends and family. My wife’s family is mostly protestant. My wife became catholic, after our first child was born. I graduated from a catholic high school and did not take my faith seriously most of my life. I always believed in God and in our savior Jesus Christ; but In March of 2005 I had a spiritual experience that has changed me and my life. I was sleeping in my living room, when in a dream like experience I felt the presence of Satan coming through my front door. I felt myself jumping up to defend my wife and children who were sleeping in their rooms. Just as I was saying “don’t you hurt my family” I was moved immediately across my living room to our dining room and placed in front of a crucifix that was on the dining room wall. After that, the presence of Satan was gone. I then felt myself go back to the couch where I had been sleeping. When I woke up I felt physically worn out. Before I could get up off the couch I called for my wife. I told her what had happened, and ask her if we had a crucifix in our dining room. She said to me “yes” and its been there for years. I thought to myself, how could I walk by this crucifix every day for years and not even realize it was there. Well since then I have changed, and my life has changed. I attend mass according to the catholic teaching, and I’m receiving the sacraments. I know God is real. I am sending you this comment I wrote on the number 666. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts. Thank You… Book of Revelation 13: 16-18 [16] And he shall make all, both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen, to have a character in their right hand, or on their foreheads. [17] And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. [18] Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man: and the number of him is six hundred sixty-six. The information in the following brackets were taken from this source. [Asimov, Isaac. Exploring the Earth and the Cosmos. New York: Wrightfall, 1982: 243. Earth’s average speed of revolution about the sun is 29.8 kilometers per second, or 18.5 miles per second.] 18.5 miles per second equals 66600 miles per hour. Here in the number we find 666 or the Greek numerals χξϛʹ which count the number chi xi digamma, six hundred sixty six. Greek is the language that Saint John wrote The Apocalypse Of Saint John (Revelation). With Greek numerals as well as Roman numerals there is no numeral for 0 (zero). The name of the beast, or the number of his name, six hundred sixty-six; would mean liar. This brings into question the astronomical model of heliocentrism, as opposed to the model of geocentrism. The geocentric model is considered a superceded scientific theory that was once commonly accepted but that is no longer considered the most complete description of reality by a mainstream scientific consenus, or a theory which has been shown to be false. In the book of Joshua: 10: 12-14 [12] Then Joshua spoke to the Lord, in the day that he delivered the Amorrhite in the sight of the children of Israel, and he said before them: Move not, O sun, toward Gabaon, nor thou, O moon, toward the valley of Ajalon. [13] And the sun and the moon stood still, till the people revenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of the just? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down the space of one day. [14] There was not before nor after so long a day, the Lord obeying the voice of a man, and fighting for Israel. My question is. Is it not true that this text should be taken in the literal sense. For the text states that both the sun and the moon stood still. In the geocentric model this text makes sense. In the heliocentric model this text does not make sense. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this and the number 666. God bless Mother Angelica, (Happy 90th Birthday Mother) and God bless EWTN…

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