The National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA) has hired 24 theologians and a priest to know how people would react to contact with aliens. Along with this, a priest has also been hired to prepare humans to encounter with aliens. Rev Dr Andrew Davison, a British priest and theologist at Cambridge University who has a degree in Biochemistry is among 24 theologians who have been hired.
Andrew Davison is all set to release his book in the year 2022. The book will be all about the contact of humans and aliens and will be titled ‘Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine’. He will raise questions in his book that ask how the discovery of alien life will affect beliefs of religious people all around the world.
Davison along with 23 other theologians, took part in a NASA-sponsored programme at the Centre for Technological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton in the US. The programme aims to know that how the world’s different religions would react to the announcement that life exits in worlds beyond our own.
According to the media outlet, CTI has described the programme as building “bridges of under understanding by convening scientists, theologians, scholars, and policymakers to think together and to inform public thinking about the global concerns”. It also aims to answer the questions like ‘where do we draw the line between the human and the alien? Or Where are the possibilities for sentient life in other places?’
What does former head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute say about the programme?
Carl Pilcher was the head of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute until 2016. He said that the programme is considering the implications to apply the tools of the late 20th and early 21st century science to those questions which have been considered in religious traditions for hundreds of years. Pilcher added that there is a high possibility of discovering alien life, as there are more than 100 billion galaxies.
Alien contact could be ‘extremely dangerous’
Physicist Mark Buchanan wrote a piece in the Washington post earlier this year. In the post he said that the contact with aliens could be “extremely dangerous” and could also “end human life on earth”.
The scientists across the world have always talked about the signs of life beyond the solar system. Recently, the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor of the Hubble Space telescope was launched which also aimed to look for signs of alien life. It was a $1o billion telescope.