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I found the discussion this morning with Ms Batalha both provocative and interesting.

But did I hear in her enthusiasm a substitution of the very Heaven of Christianity with the wonder of exoplanets and mysteries of outer space? …and in this substitution, an investment of hope and redemption for mankind?

I kept wanting her to return to earth.

In the future light-years of travel might be compressed - or other communication possible - but these planets, no matter how numerous or inhabitable, are impossibly distant and inaccessible.

Meanwhile, we must guard against an exo-wonder becoming a dangerous distraction from the urgent necessity to understand the forces of human nature threatening the very planet on which we stand.