Society Track: Ambrosius, Political Science, U of Dayton

Dr. Joshua Ambrosius: "Bridging the Separation of Church and Space"

People do not typically connect space exploration to religion—at least explicitly.  But, a recent study demonstrated that religious beliefs and behaviors do relate to our perspectives on space exploration.  This presentation summarizes these research findings—including which religious traditions are more or less likely to support space policy and what religious activities influence this support.  What can be done about a potential “separation between church and space,” if it exists?  The talk concludes with the promises and pitfalls of church-space interaction.