The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Life on Mars?

'There will not likely be one fewer or one more believer if evidence holds up'

If is the big little word National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other scientists are using as they evaluate the evidence of life on Mars in the remote past.

"If the tests confirm ... "

If is the word posed to clergy and theologians as they test their belief in divine creation in the face of a possible new challenge. "If life was there ... "

Most religions teach accountings of this world and its human drama. They may seem unprepared to deal with life elsewhere. Hundreds of years ago, the NASA scientists would probably have been condemned for proposing any enlarged arena for the story of life.

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