Why are so many astronauts drawn to a sincere belief in God?

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In order to answer your question, you need to look at the intense experience an astronaut is able to live through whilst travelling in space. Unlike most other humans, an astronaut can leave Earth and to venture out into space. This allows an astronaut to look back at Earth from...

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In order to answer your question, you need to look at the intense experience an astronaut is able to live through whilst travelling in space. Unlike most other humans, an astronaut can leave Earth and to venture out into space. This allows an astronaut to look back at Earth from a totally different angle.

Naturally, it is the study of scientific rules and laws that has enabled astronauts to do their job and venture out into various parts of the solar system. Therefore, many people might assume that astronauts might not believe in God. They have profound first-hand experience of the advances that scientific knowledge brings. As a result, you might expect an astronaut to have a fairly rational and scientific approach to life. However, when looking at the time that astronauts spend in space, you can see how looking back on Earth from the distance might also make an astronaut marvel at its beauty.

Many astronauts are stunned by what they see in space and it makes them question whether perhaps there is more to life than just science and coincidence. This is why many astronauts do believe in God, as they feel that the laws of nature and the beauty they result in cannot simply be explained by coincidence.

Whilst science can provide some answers to existentialist questions, it cannot provide answers for all of them. In the words of the astronaut James Irwin: “Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.”

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