Mission to Saturn

A Debate about Science and God


352 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: February 2020

ISBN 9780824550554

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: February 2020


An honest dialogue between experts in science and theology that utilizes a truly unique narrative conceit

Artfully framed as a suspenseful space mission to Saturn, this book offers astounding, honest encounters between physics and religion—a SciFi novel doubling as a textbook that will prove challenging yet accessible to lay readers. Among the crew members of the spaceship are an astrophysicist and a theologian deeply engaged in big conversations. For example, does a hurricane on Titan have anything to do with the Easter message? This book, unusual in its scope, breaks open new pathways in the much needed meeting of science and religion in today's society.

Author Biography

Arnold Benz is an astrophysicist and professor for astrophysics at the ETH Zurich. He was head of the group for Radioastronomy and Plasma astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the ETH Zurich,Switzerland. His research activities concentrate on dynamic processes in star and planet formation. He has studied the outer atmospheres of the sun and stars,the heating of coronae, and the acceleration of particles to high energies. Furthermore he has worked on problems in supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and dwarf novae. He was Principalinvestigator of the X-ray telescope STIX on Solar Orbiter of ESA to be launched in January 2019 and lead Co-Investigator for the Herschel Space Observatory (ESA.) He also uses observations of the ETH radiospectrometers in Bleien as well as international radio telescopes and X-ray satellites. He was president of Division II of the International Astronomical Union, and president of the European Solar Radioastrionomers. Professor Benz holds an honorary doctorate of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and an honorary doctorate of the University of Zurich, faculty of theology. Arnold Benz lives in Zuriech, Switzerland.Samuel Vollenweider is a pastor of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of Zurich and a professor at the University of Zurich of New Testament Studies. His studies focus on early Christendom, St. Paul's letters, early Christian literature among others. He has taught in Kyoto, Japan with an interest in Christian-Buddhist dialogue. Professor Vollenweider has a special interest in religion-faith dialogue. Professor Vollenweider is the editor of Protestant-Catholic Commentary (Evangelisch-katholischer Kommentar), Basics of the New Testament (Grundrisse zum Neuen Testament); and co-editor of the Yearbook for Biblical Theology, New Testament Studies and Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception among others. Samuel Vollenweider lives in Zurich, Switzerland.