Coyne, George V. (1933–)
Former director of the Vatican Observatory and a Jesuit priest who was involved
in the search for extrasolar planets.
Concerning the effect on Christian doctrine of the possibility of alien
life, Coyne has expressed the opinion that salvation does not require God's
incarnation (see incarnation and redemption).
His belief is that if alien beings have sinned, then God is free to chose
to save them in some manner other than by becoming incarnate in alien flesh.