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Not to be confused with Astrotheology, Exotheology, Exotheism, or Astrolatry.Astrotheism, more archaically known as astro-theology, is a broad range of theological beliefs regarding and centred on the astronomical world that directly developed out of the prehistoric practice of astrolatry. Astrotheism is the belief orientation associated with the discipline of astrotheology and both have been classified as part of the Astronic religious traditon.
Origins of astro-theology
The term astro-theology appears in the title of a 1714 work by William Derham, Astro-theology: or, A demonstration of the being and attributes of God, from a survey of the heavens based on the author's observations by means of "Mr. Huygens' Glass". Derham thought that the stars were openings in the firmament through which he thought he saw the Empyrean beyond. The 1783 issue of The New Christian's magazine had an essay entitled Astro-theology which argued the "demonstration of sacred truths" from "a survey of heavenly bodies" in the sense of the watchmaker analogy. Edward Higginson (1855) argues a compatibility of "Jewish Astro-theology" of the Hebrew Bible, which places God and his angelic hosts in the heavens, with a "Scientific Astro-theology" based on observation of the cosmos.