While I’m at it…I liked this too…
On the NPR program, Speaking of Faith, Krista Tippett recently interviewed Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow and it’s sequel, Children of God. If you haven’t read them, they are very, very interesting multilayerd science fiction books that look at the moral, ethical, and theological implications of finding extraterrestrial life, and mingling our humanity with that life on their home planet.
The exploration crew is manned by a Jesuit priest who is a mystic, a damaged man with a deeply personal relationship with God, and some other experts who are close friends of his – all of whom have their own levels/kinds of spirituality – from atheistists, to agnostics, Christians to Jews.
It’s an excellent read – and this is an excellent interview. Russell is an anthropaleontologist turned author. Her background is interesting, as is the story of her faith journey . I highly recommend this interview as a pleasant way to spend an hour if you’ve read these books – even if you haven’t! I’ve read The Sparrow twice, but I have not had a chance to read Children of God.