Will ET Pray? Extrasolar Planets, Extraterrestrial Life, and Religion

October 15, 2014 10:00 PM

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During your lifetime, astronomers will likely uncover solid evidence for the existence or the extreme rarity of life in the universe. In my new book Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?, I discuss the discoveries of planets around other stars, the possible discovery of life on those planets in the very near future, and the potential impact of those discoveries on our many different religions. Climb on board this 21st century astronomy discovery train, folks, because the ride will be profound and mind-blowing.

Why now? In the 1990s, astronomers began to perfect the tools and techniques for finding planets around other stars. Then they began to find planets. Now, they're pretty darn good at doing exactly that. NASA's Kepler mission identified thousands of extrasolar planets. ESA's GAIA mission, launched in...

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