How would our religious perspective change if we discovered life on other planets?
Religion and science needn’t live in their own echo chambers. Rather, they can coexist in a meaningful way, both informing the other.
What does the discovery of the possibly habitable exoplanets around Trappist-1 mean? And how might this change our idea of our existence in the grand scheme of things?
If transcendence can help us become better people, then not only science, but religion, can add something to the conversation, as well.
We humans are naturally curious creatures — we are born to explore. A mission to Mars excites us because we simply don’t know what we’ll discover, or how exactly it will add to our knowledge, or what new technologies will arise as a result. Even if we don’t immediately sense its benefits, it still has value, because the journey of learning is its own reward.