A new book edited by Ted Peters, Martinez Hewlett, Joshua Moritz and Robert John Russell eyes the topic of astrotheology, which relates to a theological analysis of the place of space in understanding God’s creative work.
The book, published by Wipf and Stock, Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life, updates readers on astrobiology’s search for extraterrestrial life. According to the book’s editors, theologians add to the science a theological analysis of the prospects of sharing God’s creation with extraterrestrial neighbors and the question whether one or many incarnations are required for cosmic redemption. The scholars also look at the ethic of space exploration.
Peters, co-editor of the journal Theology and Science, is well known for his work in religion and science, as is Robert John Russell, who is the director and founder of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California.
Martinez Hewlett is professor emeritus of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona in addition to being adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has two other books on religion and science with Peters. Joshua Mortiz teaches philosophy of religion and ethics at University of San Francisco and graduate courses at the Graduate Theological Union. He is also managing editor of the journal Theology and Science.