Rick Hammer, a biology professor at Hardin-Simmons University, has an article in The Behemoth, a Christianity Today website, with the intriguing title, “If C.S. Lewis Met E.T.: Scientists and theologians on the possibility of extraterrestrial life.”
Hammer is a strong advocate of environmental stewardship and recently led a group of HSU students on a discovery trip to Texas A&M University’s Soltis Center for Research & Education, located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Hammer encouraged his students to learn more than biology during the 10-day trip.
“Think about things beyond the scientific part,” he said, and instructed them to keep a journal of reflections along with scientific records.
Hammer says in his online article that humans naturally are focused on planet Earth in worship and devotion. The following excerpt from The Behemoth website gives a glimpse of Hammer’s thinking beyond this planet.
“But we are rapidly discovering scientific knowledge about another part of God’s universe, which we see when we look up at the stars. NASA’s Curiosity rover has been busy exploring and studying the surface of the fourth rocky planet from the Sun, Mars. Curiosity’s preliminary findings may be ushering in a new era and need for theological and spiritual reflection.”
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