What might the existence of an extraterrestrial “hypothetical rational species” mean for Christian message?
Yes, we know—in ways the biblical writers didn’t—how huge that world, or the cosmos, is. But we also all know God’s love. And so it’s natural to ask: If Christ saves us on Earth, what if there are other “worlds”? What do we do with Jesus’ atonement?
What do we do once that first detection of extraterrestrial life has been made? How do we react, be it friend or foe? This area has been dubbed astroethics, and it’s our focus in our continuing series on astrobiology.
How are we finding all of these “exoplanets”—planets beyond our solar system? And how can we tell if they might host life? That’s our focus as we continue our astrobiology series.
The search for life “out there,” whether or not we find it, can be relevant today. When we consider science and the meaning of life, we ask one of the great questions of any age.