NASA is seeking help from an unusual counterpart.
NASA has just hired 24 theologians in order to assess how humans will react if aliens were found on earth or other galaxies.
The Theologians will be working at Princeton University for a program that is funded by NASA called CT(Center for Theological Inquiry).
Essentially the theologians will give NASA their perspectives on how believers and unbelievers will react if aliens are proven to be true.
It appears NASA is cooking up something in the near future so be aware!
— New York Post (@nypost) December 27, 2021
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) December 27, 2021
The New York Post had more on the story:
University of Cambridge religious scholar Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison, who also holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford, is one of the 24 theologians enlisted to help with the project, the Times UK reported last week.
In a recent statement on the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity blog, Davison says his research so far has already seen “just how frequently theology-and-astrobiology has been topic in popular writing” during the previous 150 years.
Davison’s upcoming book, “Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine,” due out in 2022, according to the Times, will cover part of CTI and NASA’s joint spiritual exploration, in which his “most significant question” is how theologians would respond to the notion “of there having been many incarnations [of Christ]” in the universe, he added in the blog post.
University of Cambridge Corpus Christi College
This is the latest dispatch to come in a partnership between the US space agency and the religious institute. In 2014, NASA awarded CTI a $1.1 million grant to study worshippers’ interest in and openness to scientific inquiry called the Societal Implications of Astrobiology study.
Studies have shown links between religiosity and belief in extraterrestrial intelligence. Research published in 2017 found that people with a strong desire to find meaning, but a low adherence to a particular religion, are more likely to believe aliens exist — indicating that faith in either theory may come from the same human impulse.
NASA hires 24 theologians including priest to prepare humans for possible alien discovery.
Mmmmmmh. Do they know something we don't? pic.twitter.com/Yh2HuWdcFR
— 3.142(π) (@lips_pi) December 27, 2021
The Daily Mail got the scoop too:
NASA is looking to the heavens for help with assessing how humans will react if alien life is found on other planets and how the discovery could impact our ideas of gods and creation.
The agency hired 24 theologians to take part in its program at the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton University in New Jersey, which NASA gave a $1.1 million grant to in 2014.
CTI is described as building ‘bridges of under understanding by convening theologians, scientists, scholars, and policymakers to think together – and inform public thinking – on global concerns.’
The program, which started in 2016, aimed to answer questions that have baffled us since the begging of time such as what is life? What does it mean to be alive? Where do we draw the line between the human and the alien? What are the possibilities for sentient life in other places?