“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind,” Albert Einstein once remarked. But where can the resonances he discerned be found? Can we take the genius of general relativity at his word, in a world often dominated by narratives of conflict between science and religion? Think-Write-Publish Science and Religion, a new project at Arizona State University, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will explore how the two domains describe reality in ways that are mutually reinforcing.
Almost 300 people joined together on April 7th to celebrate science, art, and food at the annual World Science Festival Gala. The Gala, a “performing arts salute to science,” provides support for the World Science Festival’s educational programs, hosts musical performances, and serves up science-inspired delicacies for its gala-goers.
The link between human health and religious or spiritual practices has long been postulated. Now, it is being put to the test in the Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey, a nationwide face-to-face survey of 3,000 respondents funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Spirit in Creation and New Creation, edited by Michael Welker, senior professor of systematic theology at Heidelberg University and one of the leading theologians in Europe, has been translated into Russian by Sergii Bortnyk. The book was a product of a symposium in 2009 funded by the Foundation as part of its Humble Approach Initiative (HAI).
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.
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.
“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.
Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. However, in recent years, the concept of information has gained importance. The extensive scientific, philosophical, and theological implications of this shift are explored in Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics, which is now being recognized by inclusion in the Canto Classics series.
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.”