A Religion-Fueled Space Race | Celestial Citizen Podcast
Celestial Citizen Season 4 Ep. 9 with Dr. Mary-Jane Rubenstein Available Now!
On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the uncanny parallels between the present billionaire-backed space race and the religiously-fueled age of colonialism and conquest. We’ll be speaking with Dr. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, author of Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race, and we’ll take a look at how humans might shift their thinking from “how the universe might belong to us,” to instead consider “how we might belong to the universe.” Get ready for a fascinating look at how deeply intertwined religious rhetoric is within the language of space exploration.
Mary-Jane Rubenstein is a Professor of Religion and Science in Society at Wesleyan University, and is affiliated with the Philosophy Department and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in from Columbia University. Her research unearths the philosophies and histories of religion and science, especially in relation to cosmology, ecology, and space travel.
She is the author of Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race (2022), Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (2018), also Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (2014), and Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (2009). She is also co-editor with Catherine Keller of Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, and New Materialisms (2017) and co-author with Thomas A. Carlson and Mark C. Taylor of Image: Three Inquiries in Technology and Imagination (2021).
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