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Vorilong, William (d. 1463)




French theologian who examined the idea of extraterrestrial life in the light of Christian beliefs about a divine incarnation and redemption. He concluded that although God could create another inhabited world, he would not in fact do so:
If it be inquired whether men exist on that [other] world, and whether they have sinned as Adam sinned, I answer no, for they would not exist in sin and did not spring from Adam ... As to the question whether Christ by dying on this Earth could redeem the inhabitants of another world, I answer that he is able to do this even if the worlds were infinite, but it would not be fitting for Him to go unto another world that he must die again.

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