As humanity struggles to learn more about space, NASA has hired a team of 24 priests and theologians to prepare people for contact with aliens. news of the existence of extraterrestrial life. It sounds like a bad sci-fi movie plot and no they are not launched into space to fight space demons.
Collins’ dictionary says, “Theologian is one who studies the nature of God, religion, and religious beliefs.”
According to The Mirror one of them is British clergyman Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison, a theologian at the University of Cambridge who also holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oxford. The Reverend Dr. Davison believes the prospect of encountering alien life is becoming increasingly likely.
As The Times reports, NASA and other space agencies are on the way to finding evidence that life exists outside of planet Earth. So in his new book Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine he discusses whether God could have created life in other parts of the universe. And he asks questions – will religions rewrite their histories after the discovery of extraterrestrial life? Or will believers accept this easily? If you believe that God or the gods created all beings great and small why not apply this to the entire universe?
According to Davison’s assurances Christian, Jewish and Islamic religious teachings will not be affected by the alien discovery.
Carl Pilcher who headed NASA’s Astrobiology Institute until 2016 said NASA wants theologians to consider the implications of applying the tools of late 20th and early 21st century science to questions that have been addressed in religious traditions by hundreds or thousands. thousands of years.
“In his opinion it is “inconceivable” that Earth was the only place in the Universe where there is life – when there are more than 100 billion stars and more than 100 billion galaxies in the Universe in this galaxy.”
Officially this NASA initiative is tied to the launch of the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch this Christmas. The telescope will deploy cutting-edge technology to study all phases of cosmic and solar system history and the most distant galaxies observed in the early universe.
The device that supports infrared will study a wide range of scientific questions to help humanity better understand “the origin of the universe and man’s place in it”.
Another question British priests are trying to resolve is whether the discovery of extraterrestrial life requires religions to rewrite the entire creation story in Genesis.
Davison applied to the program after discussing these issues with his theology students and then spent an academic year at Princeton University in 2016 under the NASA-sponsored $1.1 million Social Impact of Astrobiology program.
Will Storrar Director of the Center for Theological Research (CTI) says the program is just getting started and NASA wants “serious scientific research published in books and journals” dedicated “to the profound miracle, mystery and meaning of discovering life on another planet.”