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New Studies Reveal Benefits of Spiritual Care

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Rev. Eric J. Hall, president & CEO, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network welcomes conference attendees. Courtesy of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.
Rev. Eric J. Hall, president & CEO, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network welcomes conference attendees. Courtesy of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

Until now, no empirical data has existed on the contributions of chaplains in health care. But six studies released at the inaugural conference of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) have revealed important advances in understanding the role of spiritual care in treating people facing serious illness, including cancer and patients at the end of their lives.

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The Makings of Genius

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What generates genius? Are studies coming closer to understanding scientific or spiritual brilliance? Can genius be nurtured or grown? The subject was recently explored in a series of events and discussions called “7 Days of Genius,” presented by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community organization in New York City, and supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

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One Big Bang or Billions? Discussing the Philosophy of Cosmology

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“Our big bang could be just one island of space-time in a vast cosmic archipelago,” observed Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and 2011 Templeton Prize laureate, in a public talk earlier this month titled “Our Universe and Others.” He was speaking at Cosmology and the Constants of Nature, a conference at the University of Cambridge designed to introduce philosophers of physics to fundamental problems in cosmology and associated areas of high-energy physics.

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Tomáš Halík Wins 2014 Templeton Prize

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2014 Templeton Prize Laureate Tomáš Halík. Credit: Templeton Prize/Tony Isbitt
2014 Templeton Prize Laureate Tomáš Halík. Credit: Templeton Prize/Tony Isbitt

The 2014 Templeton Prize has been awarded to Msgr. Prof. Tomáš Halík, a Czech priest and philosopher who risked imprisonment for advancing religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet occupation of his country. He has since become a leading international advocate for dialogue among different faiths and non-believers, arguing that today the key difference is not between theists and atheists, but between “dwellers” and “seekers.”

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