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Astrotheology: Exoplanets, Christian Concerns, and Human Hopes

By Andreas Losch

Abstract

Are there planets beyond our solar system? What may appear quite plausible now had only been a hypothesis until about twenty years ago. The search for exoplanets is driven by the interest in the “habitable” ones among them. Could such planets one day in the far future provide resources or even shelter for humankind? Will we find one day a habitable planet that is even inhabited? These kinds of imaginative speculations drive public interest in the subject. Imagining alien intelligent life in the universe is not at all new. When Ted Peters called for establishing the field of “astrotheology,” he was certainly thinking less of historical precedents than of something analogous to the emerging field of astrobiology. Will astrotheology result in the decentering of humanity in cosmic dimensions? One could also conclude that we are alone, at least for all practical purposes

Topics: 520 Astronomy, 230 Christianity & Christian theology, 270 History of Christianity, 290 Other religions
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1111/zygo.12252
OAI identifier: oai:boris.unibe.ch:82005

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