Covalence for February: A closer look at astrotheology

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In our next two issues, we are taking a closer look at a new field of study: Astrotheology.

Theologian Ted Peters defines it as a branch of theology which provides a critical analysis of the contemporary space sciences combined with an explication of classic doctrines such as creation and Christology for the purpose of constructing a comprehensive and meaningful understanding of our human situation within an astonishingly immense cosmos.

Peters along with other well-known scholars affiliated with the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in California published a book on the evolving field, Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life (Cascade Books, July 2018).

In an editorial in the journal Theology and Science, he described the effort as seeing the “harvest” after a half dozen years of “tilling, seeding, fertilizing, pruning, and praying for rain.”

“We at CTNS would like to think that this book, at least as of this date, has reaped the broadest and deepest crop of theological and ethical issues prompted by astrobiology and related space sciences,” he writes.

This issue also highlights the majesty of creation here on this planet. Youth pastor Jason Fisher walks us through how ancient peoples viewed God’s action in creation. Today he urges young people to use technology not as a distraction from what they see around them but as a way to share the beauty of God’s creation.

Last, but not least, this summer high school students will be pondering ways to address climate change in light of their faith at the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

See our news section for more information on that opportunity that will offer an excellent chance for young people to see themselves as part of a larger community with tools to create the positive change we all are seeking in the world.

Susan Barreto
Editor, Covalence

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