Astrotheology's contribution to public theology: From the extraterrestrial intelligence myth to astroethics

Ted Peters
2021 HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies  
Public theology is conceived in the church, reflected on critically in the academy and addressed to the world for the sake of the world. The development of a theology of nature is included in the public theologian's list of tasks of nature that is scripturally based and heavily informed by the natural sciences. Astrotheology is one product. Astrotheology engages astrobiology and other space sciences, firstly, by critically exposing the extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI) myth at the heart of
more » ... ence and secondly, by partnering in thinking through public policy proposals with astroethicists.Contribution: The HTS collection on 'Theology and Nature' sparks theological discussion both within and beyond the church. By developing the fields of astrotheology and astroethics, this article contributes to a 'Theology of Nature' as an exercise in Public Theology.
doi:10.4102/hts.v77i3.6855 fatcat:zbrozv7uifa4po7wpep46zgpe4