Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison on alien theology

Theologians at the Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton, New Jersey, are working with NASA on the issue of how alien life fits into theology—the first issue, of course, of which is to define what we mean by, to what or who, we refer as aliens.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Davison—religious scholar at University of Cambridge who holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Oxford—is about to publish a book on the subject (so I have not read it, as of yet) to be titled Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine.

One theory tackled is how Adam’s fall into sin, which would seem to affect the entire universe, would have effected aliens and what it means about their salvation.

He thinks, “‘most significant question’ is how theologians would respond to the notion ‘of there having been many incarnations [of Christ]’ in the universe.”

NGOs (non-government organizations) have a very long history of investigating such issues but towards what end?

“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.” But why are a bunch of engineers and bureaucrats interested in such a thing?

My suspicion was laid out in my previous post Alien UFOs: will the ultimate revelation be the ultimate deception?—also, see Report on the CIA’s report on the “CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90” and Are the Vatican’s aliens the universal saviors?

This, or so it seems to me, is about the Societal Implications of Astrobiology in terms of what can be made of it. In other words, how society can be changed via claims about astrobiology which, by definition is the study of nothing or, the possible study of possible life—out there, somewhere.

In my book Fifty Shades of Gray Aliens, for example, I included a chapter titled “Ancient (Atheist) Aliens” to elucidate how as the evidence of the universe’s fine-tuning continues to mount, Atheists (whose thoughts are restricted, by definition, by their world-view) are so desperate that they have been theorizing that the designer—since extraordinary fine-tuning requires an extraordinary fine-tuner—is indeed an intelligence but it is an alien intelligence from another planet—which, of course, merely pushed the question of biogenesis back one step and thus, answers nothing (BTW: I also included a chapter titled, “Ancient Aliens and Satanic Gnosticism”).

“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.”

“With NASA’s support, CTI’s director Will Storrar said they’d hoped to see ‘serious scholarship being published in books and journals.’”

Overall, just keep in mind that alien consists of a-lie-n.

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Source: Hannah Sparks, “NASA hired 24 theologians to study human reaction to aliens: new book,” New York Post, December 27, 2021.

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For more details, see my relevant books.

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