NASA aims to seek divine knowledge and help from theologians to understand how humans will react when they find aliens and how the discovery could change our ideas about gods and the creation of the universe. To do this, she hired 24 theologians. The theologians will work at the Agency’s Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton University in the United States. With two rovers on Mars, multiple probes orbiting Jupiter and Saturn, and the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA believes it is on track to find signs of extraterrestrial life earlier than expected.
When this happens, it will have a profound impact on the global psyche and our understanding of the world and its creators. NASA believes it will need the help of theologians studying the nature of the divine and religious belief in general to ensure the discovery is well received.
To this end, NASA granted CTI a grant of $ 1.1 million (approximately Rs 8.21 billion) in 2014. The theologians will participate in a NASA sponsored program called Societal Implications of Astrobiology. It aims to answer baffling questions such as life, the possibilities of finding aliens, and how we distinguish them from humans, the Daily Mail reported.
One of the theologians recruited by NASA is a British priest. Rev Dr. Andrew Davison wrote in a blog post that “religious traditions” are an important characteristic of how humanity would function with any affirmation of life elsewhere.
Davison’s assessment seems to take into account the large number of people who oppose the idea of life outside of the earth because they either believe that it is impossible or they believe that we are far from developing the ability to do so To conclusively prove existence. But NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which was launched on Sunday, is a step in the right direction. The telescope is designed to help scientists understand more about the origins of the universe and Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.