Dr. Michael Waltemathe

Michael Waltemathe is senior lecturer in the Department of Protestant Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. He works in the field of Practical Theology and Religious Education. Currently, Dr. Waltemathe serves as Dean of studies of the department. He also serves as an officer of the Astrosociology Research Institute, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the development of astrosociology as a multidisciplinary academic field. Dr. Waltemathe is also a founding member of IASGAR, the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion.

He studied Chemistry at the Technical University Dortmund in Germany, before he switched to studying Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum. After he finished his studies in Chemistry and Theology he recieved his doctorate in Theology with a dissertation on the use of Computer-Games in Religious Education.

In 2011, Dr. Waltemathe presented "A Religious Vision for Interstellar Travel?!" at the DARPA/NASA 100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium in Orlando, FL. Since then, he has developed a research interest in the connections between Religion, Spirituality, and Spaceflight. He works on researching these connections in the history of spaceflight as well as in historic and contemporary theological and philosophical thought.

Besides the anthology Touching the face of the Comos: On the Intersection of Spaceflight and Religion, which he co-edited with Paul Levinson, his publications include a monograph on computer-games and religion and several articles on Spaceflight and Religion, Media and Religion and Religious Education. Michael's academic interests include the relationship between human space exploration and religion, connections between media, art and religion and the science-religion debate and its place in Religious Education. Dr. Waltemathe also co-authored “Destination 2064”, a computer-game for the John Calvin-anniversary in 2009. In his spare time, he teaches courses on model-rocketry at a local Christian High-school.