Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life
Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life

Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life

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Overview

Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life looks at both ends of the telescope: the unfathomable reaches of cosmic space and the excited stirrings within the human psyche. It takes a scientist to explain what we are looking at. It takes a theologian to understand who is doing the looking.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532606397
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/12/2018
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Davies ix

Preface Robert John Russell xiii

Abbreviations xvii

Contributors xxi

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

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