The possible discovery of extraterrestrial life poses an infinity of questions, and one of them – perhaps the most important in simple terms – is to know how we will react as humanity to such a discovery. And for NASA, theology plays a key role in providing that answer, so he is already working on a project with 24 theologians, who have the task of discerning how the different religions of the world would explain the discovery of extraterrestrial life.
One of the theologians participating in the project, which is conducted at the Princeton University Center for Theological Research, in the United States, is the Reverend Andrew Davison, theologian from the University of Cambridge and also a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oxford
For the scientist, the project he is working on is easy to define: “I investigate the main themes of the Christian faith, often called ‘systematic theology’, from the perspective of life in other parts of the universe”, says the specialist in a note published by the University of Cambridge.
The specialist deepens and points out: “The most important question that exists is probably how to respond from theology to the possibility of life in another place, under the idea of many incarnations of Jesus or under a single one, from which people often speak. theologians. I also think about the doctrine of creation, especially in terms of how it deals with the issues of multiplicity and diversity. “
In other words, the theologian Andre Davison’s research raises a possibility that might sound sacrilegious: was Jesus extraterrestrial?
Research from NASA and the Center for Theological Research is for now for academic purposes only. It is hoped that research will be published that will answer the intriguing question, about which it is worth saying, the answer is in heaven.