The purpose of the program is to answer questions that have puzzled humanity such as, What is life? What does it mean to live? Where do we draw the line between humans and aliens? Is there a possibility of living life elsewhere?
Quoting the Mirror, there were 24 religious experts who were asked for help, one of whom was a religious science graduate from the University of Cambridge named Andrew Davison.
Davison once said his research has looked at how often theologians and astrobiologists have been topics in popular writing in 150 years.
Davison's book to be released covers spiritual exploration with CTI and NASA. Astrobiology and Christian Doctrine will be published in 2022.
This is not the only time NASA has teamed up with religious institutions. In 2014, NASA granted a $1.1 million grant to study pilgrims' interest and openness to scientific investigations. This is referred to as the study of The Social Implications of Astrobiology.
Studies show a link between religion and belief in space intelligence. Researchers published in 2017 and found that people with a strong desire to find meaning, but low adherence to a particular religion are more likely to believe in the existence of aliens.
CTI Director Will Storar said with NASA's support, it hopes to see serious scholarship recipients published in books and journals to get off the subject.
It also answers the 'profound wonders and mysteries and implications of finding microbial life on other planets'.
Davison's book also writes that some people will turn to their religious traditions for guidance if extraterrestrials are found.
Carl Pilcher, head of NASA's Institute of Astrobiology, who served until 2016, said NASA was investigating deep questions about the origin of life and its place in the universe and wanted theologians to consider the implications of applying tools in the late 20th century as well as early 21st-century science to questions that have been considered in religious traditions for hundreds or thousands of years.