• John G. Stackhouse, Jr.

Space: The Final Frontier

As Elon Musk indulges in the world’s highest-altitude product placement, putting both SpaceX and Tesla into solar orbit, theological questions inescapably occur to one, don’t they?

I’ve been a space and science fiction nut for a long, long time. My parents bought me a 12-volume encyclopedia of “aeronautics and space exploration” in the wake of the Apollo moon landings and I read them cover to cover.

Visits to local used bookstores brought me boxes of worn-out paperback books, from H. G. Wells (classic) to Harlan Ellison (pretty racy), and from Ray Bradbury (far out) to C. S. Lewis (which I found pretty dull at 12 years old) to Larry Niven (droll) to Isaac Asimov (meat and potatoes presented as chateaubriand).

We’re still waiting for those flying cars and jetpacks, although a monorail elevated train does service Vancouver and video wristwatches are nicely approximated by smartphones running Skype, FaceTime, or Hangouts. But space travel itself? Forget the low-earth orbit stuff. What about getting into the black?

Some people wonder if the prospects of space travel and encounters with aliens will pose problems for Christianity. I don’t see why.

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