Pluto (A Religious Question)


Love the story, the technological-romance about about a recently revealed faraway object, stone cold in outer space, 3 billion miles away from planet Earth. The story lines attaching to this mission are curious. You can read some of it here at the NYT. Either outside the science, or its beating heart, it’s described by Bill Nye, the chief executive of the Planetary Society, as a quest, a search for “origins,” “cosmic companionship,” life, “new friends,” and “the end of cosmic loneliness.”  It’s a religious question. How much narrative can you load up on the data?

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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