NASA Spent $1 Million “To Prepare the Nation’s Religions for The Discovery of Extra-Terrestrial Life”
Scientists have been discovering planets outside of our own solar system numbering in the thousands and counting, and quite a few are Earth-size exoplanets with a “habitable” zone.
Which makes spending $1.1 million to prepare religious people for the possibility that there is extraterrestrial life out there a good investment, right?
That’s how much money National Aeronautics and Space Administration gave to the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey in 2015 to research “the societal implications of astrobiology,” the study of life in the universe.
NASA enlisted these theologians to answer the question of how the world’s religions would respond if extraterrestrial life were discovered.
Susan Schneider, an associate professor of philosophy and cognitive science at the University of Connecticut, worked on the study and told the Center in an interview, “The richest issue, for me, involves the question: what would be the impact of discovering life elsewhere in the universe?
To answer this question, we must consider different cases: a situation in which we find microbial life on a planet near us, like Mars, and it is related to life on Earth; a situation where we find microbial life unrelated to life on Earth; and finding alien intelligence.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked NASA to revoke the funding, arguing the grant was unconstitutional, violating the separation of state and church by giving government funds to religious research.
Whether a constitutional violation or not, the grant raises the question: should government have funded a study on whether Christians freak out upon finding that little green men exist?
A Catholic priest said it best, “There will just be more to love.” (Could have saved taxpayers $1 million!)
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