Our goal is to establish a multidisciplinary network of scholars to address the social and cultural aspects of religion and astrobiology. We are funded by a generous grant from the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society which in turn is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

We are based in St Mary’s University, Twickenham, in the UK, and the Lanier Theology Library, Houston, Texas, in the USA, with institutional support from the University of Notre Dame, in Australia, and Rice University, in the USA.

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Some of our contributors:

Stephen Bullivant Lead PI – (Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, St Mary’s University, London, UK (0.5 FTE) Professorial Research Fellow in Theology and Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Sydney, Australia (0.5 FTE)St. L)

Richard Playford Co-I- (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion, Leeds Trinity University, UK.)

Janet Siefert Co-I- (Associate Research Professor, Rice University, Houston, Texas and Director of Communications, Lanier Theological Library, Houston, Texas.)

Joseph O. Baker (Assoc. Prof. of Sociology, East Tennessee State University, USA), Editor-in-chief of Sociology of Religion, and co-author of Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture (NYU Press, 2017).

Elisabetta Canetta (Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics, St Mary’s University, UK), currently co-editing a book on teaching science and religion.

Andrew Davison (Starbridge Senior Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, Cambridge University, UK), author of Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine (CUP, 2021).

Elaine Howard Ecklund (Professor of Sociology, Rice University, USA)

José Gabriel Funes (former Director of the Vatican Observatory, Italy)

Shaun Henson (Dept. Lecturer in Science and Religion, University of Oxford, UK), author of God and Natural Order: Physics, Philosophy, and Theology (Routledge, 2014)

Antonio Eusebio Lazcano (Professor, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico), former President of ISSOL: International Astrobiology Society

Alan Nixon (Sydney Institute of Business and Technology, Australia).
Michael Ruse (Prof. Em. In the Philosophy of Science, University of Guelph, Canada), author of Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship Between Science and Religion (CUP, 2004), and co-editor of The Cambridge History of Atheism (CUP, 2021)

Victoria Smolkin (Assoc. Prof. of History, Wesleyan University, USA), author of A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism (Princeton UP, 2018) and currently writing a book on Russian Cosmism

Benjamin Zeller (Assoc. Prof. of Religion, Lake Forest College, USA), author of Heaven’s Gate: America’s UFO Religion (NYU Press, 2014), and editor of Handbook of UFO Religions (Brill, 2021)