Astrotheology: Exoplanets, Christian Concerns, and Human Hopes

Losch, Andreas (2016). Astrotheology: Exoplanets, Christian Concerns, and Human Hopes. Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science, 51(2), pp. 405-413. Wiley 10.1111/zygo.12252

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Losch, Andreas

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity
200 Religion > 290 Other religions

ISSN:

1467-9744

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andreas Losch

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2016 09:10

Last Modified:

10 Oct 2019 09:37

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/zygo.12252

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.82005

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/82005

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