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The Divinity of the Cosmos
August 17, 2017
Every human culture has looked to the night sky to understand itself. In the stars and planets we see order, beauty and mystery--and often a spectacular glimpse of God.
The Ancient Search for Meaning in the Night Sky August 17, 2017
As many of us turn skyward for the total solar eclipse, we talk to a historian of astrology who has spent a lifetime studying why humans look towards the heavens to understand life down on earth. Spanning ancient Egypt, China, India and the Islamic world, he says that human societies have long viewed the sky as a kind of great celestial stage, a place where we can forecast the future and encounter the divine. From 2012.

Nicholas Campion, author of Astrology and Cosmology in the World's Religions

"People who suffer from light pollution are really missing out," says Campion. "To be deprived of the sight of the night sky-- to never notice the rising sun or a full moon--is like to never see the ocean, to never see a's not to be fully human." Campion recommends you visit the UK's movement to reduce light pollution, the Campaign for Dark Skies.
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Would Contact with Aliens Change Religion on Earth? August 17, 2017
There will be a moment - perhaps as soon as twenty years from now – when humans make contact with intelligent alien life. And when we do, a host of theologians, scientists and religious leaders will be prepared with questions. Will knowing we're not alone in the universe change the way we understand humanity? Will it change the way we understand God? From 2012.

Douglas Vakoch, President of METI International
Ted Peters, professor of theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and member of the Advisory Council of METI International

Want to join the search for signs of life from outer space? Vakoch, who worked at SETI for 16 years, recommends the SETI@home project, which uses your computer's spare processing power to help sort through the signals from space.