Another TOF Spot reblog; there are more coming, too.
It has long been held that the medievals would have been terrified of aliens, regarded them as “demons,” and otherwise persecuted them in their religious ignorance and fanaticism, while we wise moderns would recognize them as intelligent and equivalent to humans, deserving of the same consideration as humans. The latter is a self-flattering mythos, but likely no more true than the former.
The common trope of those idiot religious haters declaring Tolkien-style elves, or Mr. Spock, to be a nonperson is…not theologically supported.
Humans are humans, so it’s possible, but it ain’t the Church’s fault!