This book's scientific authors update readers on astrobiology's search for extraterrestrial life. Theologians add to the science a theological analysis of the place of space in understanding God's creative work, the prospects of sharing God's creation with extraterrestrial neighbors, and the question of whether one or many incarnations are required for cosmic redemption.
Finally, these scholars lay the foundations for an ethic of space exploration. This book introduces a comprehensive astrotheology with an accompanying astroethic.
""In this fascinating book, the authors not only update readers on contemporary cosmology and astrobiology's search for extraterrestrial life, but also develop the kind of public, interdisciplinary theology where both theology and the sciences are reshaped to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of what will be at stake for these widely divergent disciplines once extraterrestrial life is discovered.""
--J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Princeton Theological Seminary
""This book is a treat for those who tire of treatments of astrobiology that focus only on the science and the technology of the subject. The very likely existence of intelligence and sentience elsewhere in the universe begs questions that center on philosophy and religion. This scholarly and entertaining treatment of these issues is very welcome.""
--Chris Impey, University of Arizona
""Here is a much needed book by leading thinkers in the field--deeply grounded in Christian theology and sensitive to the scientific complexities.""
--David Wilkerson, St. John's College
Theologians and scientists at the Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, have edited this comprehensive volume.
Editor-in-chief Ted Peters teaches systematic theology and ethics at the GTU. Partner editors include Robert John Russell, Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science at the GTU; Joshua Moritz, managing editor of the journal Theology and Science on behalf of CTNS; and Martinez Hewlett, Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona and adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the GTU.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Paul Davies ix
Preface Robert John Russell xiii
Part 1 The Tasks of the Astrotheologian
1 Introducing Astrotheology Ted Peters 3
2 The Tasks of Astrotheology Ted Peters 27
3 The Road Map to Other Earths: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead José G. Funes, SJ 56
4 Discovering ETI: What Are the Philosophical and Theological Implications? Robert John Russell 74
5 The Copernican Revolution That Never Was Martinez Hewlett 90
Part 2 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Will We Meet Them?
6 Searches for ET Life in the Solar System-Exobiology, Astrobiology, and the Big Picture Margaret S. Race 109
7 Exoplanets and the Search for Life Beyond Earth Jennifer Wiseman 124
8 Yes, We Will Meet Them: The Drake Equation Tells Me So Heidi Manning 133
9 Yes, Well Meet Them: A Scientific Argument for ETI Martinez Hewlett 146
10 Gods Self-Communication in a Cosmos Bound for Life Oliver Putz 160
Part 3 What Will Happen When We Meet Them?
11 Extraterrestrial Life and Terrestrial Religion: A Crisis? Ted Peters 183
12 Jewish Theology Meets the Alien Norbert M. Samuelson 208
13 Islamic Theology Meets ETI Muzaffar Iqbal 216
14 Toward a Constructive Naturalistic Cosmotheology Steven J. Dick 228
15 "ET, Call Church!": Astrosemiotics and Shared Spirituality Mark Graves 245
Part 4 Jesus Christ on Earth and Elsewhere
16 One Incarnation or Many? Ted Peters 271
17 Many Incarnations or One? Robert John Russell 303
18 Multiple Incarnations of the One Christ Peter M. J. Hess 317
19 One Imago Dei and the Incarnation of the Eschatological Adam Joshua M. Moritz 330
20 Extraterrestrial Salvation and the ETI Myth Ted Peters 347
Part 5 Astroethics and Space Policy
21 Astroethics and the Terraforming of Mars Christopher McKay 381
22 Astroethics and Microbial Life in the Solar Ghetto Ted Peters 391
23 Astroethics and Intelligent Life in the Milky Way Metropolis Ted Peters 416
24 Concluding Scientific Prescript Ted Peters 447
Name/Subject Index 449
Scripture Index 477