Galileo famously quipped “The intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven – not how heaven goes.” Jesus Ascension was not the same as the ascent of a rocket. But what is the relationship between life in heaven and life in outer space? Lucas Mix will talk about the history of ascent narratives, tales of journeying into the heavens, both scientific and spiritual – from Plato to Carl Sagan and The Expanse. For centuries, physical and spiritual “up” were aligned in the popular imagination. Astronomy and biology have revealed more complex – but no less Biblical – models for the place and direction of life in the cosmos. Come find out more about the stories we tell and why they matter for the future of humanity.
Unfortunately, due to technical issues the recording of Dr Mix’s lecture is unavailable. He has kindly made his presentation available: