By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Many people have thought about how they would respond to extraterrestrial existence. NASA is free to use taxpayer funds to answer that question.
According to the New York Post, NASA awarded a grant to the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton University to hire 24 theologians to determine what impact the discovery of alien life would have on religious populations.
Dr. Rev. Andrew Davison, one of the theologians for this project, has worked at the Center since 2016 and wrote on his blog regarding his research:
“The most significant question there is probably whether one would respond theologically to the prospect of life elsewhere in terms of there having been many incarnations, or only the one theologians talk about in Jesus. I have also been thinking about the doctrine of creation, especially in terms of how it deals with themes of multiplicity and diversity.”
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Although the amount NASA will fund this project’s funding is not known, it does know that similar funding has been provided by NASA in the past. In 2014, NASA gave the Center for Theological Inquiry $1.1 million to study worshippers’ interest in and openness to scientific inquiry in a study called the Societal Implications of Astrobiology.
Princeton University currently holds an endowment of $37.7 billion, and charges students a tuition of $57,690 per year.
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