By Kendrick Oliver
"In the start God created the heavens and the earth..."
In 1968 the realm watched as Earth rose over the moonscape, televised from the orbiting Apollo 8 challenge tablet. Radioing again to Houston on Christmas Eve, astronauts recited the 1st ten verses from the e-book of Genesis. in truth, some of the astronauts came across house flight to be a spiritual adventure. To contact the Face of God is the 1st book-length historic learn of the connection among faith and the U.S. area software.
Kendrick Oliver explores the position performed by means of non secular motivations within the formation of the distance application and discusses the responses of spiritual thinkers resembling Paul Tillich and C. S. Lewis. analyzing the attitudes of spiritual americans, Oliver reveals that the gap application used to be a resource of hysteria in addition to thought. It used to be now not continually effortless for them to inform even if it used to be a godly or godless venture.
Grounded in unique archival examine and the examine of player stories, this booklet additionally explores one of many biggest petition campaigns of the post-war period. among 1969 and 1975, greater than 8 million americans wrote to NASA expressing help for prayer and bible-reading in house. Oliver’s learn is rigorous and exact but in addition contemplative in its technique, analyzing the bigger meanings of mankind’s first adventures in "the heavens."