Astrobiology
Thursday 16 November in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Dr. Anne Marie ReijnenAstrobiology is the quest for life in the Universe and the study of life from a planetary perspective; it is a new scientific field based on the collaboration between different 'hard sciences' such as astronomy, geology, and biology. When it raises questions of meaning and purpose, the confrontation with theology becomes indispensable and stimulating. We will discuss the new meaning of the ancient theme of the plurality of inhabited worlds. Finally, we will ask: What do we mean by the question " Are we alone in the universe?"

 Anne Marie Reijnen (b.1957 in Utrecht) is a Protestant theologian. In 2015-2016, she was in residence at the Centre for Theological Inquiry in Princeton (New Jersey) to participate in the "Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology " funded by NASA. She currently holds the Kairos Chair for Ecumenical theology at the Catholic University in Paris, after several years of ministry in the parish and of teaching as the professor for Systematic theology at the FUTP in Brussels. Dr. Reijnen is the past President of the French-speaking Paul Tillich Society and has been a commissioner of Faith and Order (WCC). Since 2011 she is a member of the Groupe des Dombes.

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