How do humans react to the discovery of aliens? NASA has asked dozens of religious scholars to investigate.

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  • NASA has partially funded a program to study the crossroads of religion and possible alien life.

  • Twenty-four theologians have investigated how world religions react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

  • They discovered that religious followers may be more prepared for companies in another world.

Rabbi, priests, and imams will participate in a NASA-funded research program to talk about the intersection of God and aliens.

It’s not the beginning of a religious joke. That’s exactly what happened in 2016 at Princeton University’s Theological Research Center. Twenty theologians have come together to participate in a program partially funded by NASA to study how humans react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life.

Rev. Andrew Davison of the University of Cambridge, one of the religious scholars who participated in the program, said: Times UK Earlier this month, he was one of 24 experts investigating existential questions from 2016 to 2017.

Will Strah, director of the Theological Research Center, is interested in creating a “serious scholarship” that NASA addresses “the profound wonders, mysteries and implications of finding microbial life on another planet.” I told the Times.

NASA spokesman said Hill The institution’s astrobiology program said it provided partial funding in the form of a $ 1.1 million grant to the Theological Research Center from 2015 to 2017. A spokesman said NASA was not involved in the selection of researchers in the study.

Davison, including studying how astrobiology and Christianity are interrelated, shows how he and his fellow participants react to the discovery of aliens by followers of major religions. I told the outlet that I had considered.

Their findings suggest that religious followers may be more prepared for companies in another world, and those who have not yet been taken care of by religious movements, if aliens inform them of their existence. It suggests that you may want to look for religious movements.

“The findings of the headline are that supporters of various religious traditions report that they can embrace ideas in their own steps,” Davison said. It is written in “Dogma”. Times who got a part of the book.

Davison also said in a book to be released in 2022 that if evidence of extraterrestrial life is found, the non-religious community “overestimates the challenges that religious people may face.” I write that there is a tendency.

Davison argues that “many people will rely on their religious traditions for guidance” in the event of a discovery of the expansion of the universe.

Other religious experts, including Rabbi, Imam, and Anglican priests, agreed and told the Times that their beliefs and followers would probably survive in the face of aliens.

“detection [of alien life] “It may not come in 10 years, or in the next few centuries, or at all,” Davison said.

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