Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life, edited by Ted Peters, Martinez Hewlett, Joshua M. Moritz and Robert John Russell (Cascade, 2018)
Astrotheology: Science and Theology Meet Extraterrestrial Life looks at both ends of the telescope: the unfathomable reaches of cosmic space and the excited stirrings within the human psyche. It takes a scientist to explain what we are looking at. It takes a theologian to understand who is doing the looking. This book's scientific authors update readers on astrobiology's search for extraterrestrial life. Theologians add to the science a theological analysis of the place of space in understanding God's creative work, the prospects of sharing God's creation with extraterrestrial neighbors, and the question of whether one or many incarnations are required for cosmic redemption. Finally, these scholars lay the foundations for an ethic of space exploration. This book introduces a comprehensive astrotheology with an accompanying astroethic.
Reviewed by Grace Wolf-Chase, Adler Planetarium and University of Chicago; Carol Jacobson, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; and Martinez Hewlett, University of Arizona