“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.
Ian G. Barbour, one of the founding figures in the academic discipline that studies the relationship between science and religion and winner of the Templeton Prize in 1999, died December 24, 2013, at the age of 90. “[He] probably did more for the creation of the field than anyone else,” remarked 2010 Templeton Prize winner Francisco J. Ayala in an obituary published in the New York Times. Peter Hess, Director of Outreach to Religious Communities at the National Center for Science Education, called him “a towering figure, one of the truly great interdisciplinary thinkers of the 20th century.”
The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) has announced two five-day residential workshops for 2014 that will cover subjects in the fields of evolution and human nature, and religious experience and moral identity. Participating scholars include theologians Celia Deane-Drummond and Stephen Pope, anthropologist Agustín Fuentes, philosopher Robert Roberts, and psychologist Michael Spezio.
Do you believe in the Bible or evolution? Miracles or the laws of nature? Material or spiritual reality? Such juxtapositions plague the debate between science and religion, and recent analyses show that religious people often feel they must take sides—not because science and religion are opposed, but because they are often presented as opposed.
This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Templeton. To commemorate that milestone, a new documentary film about the life and legacy of Sir John,CONTRARIAN, is being released this month.
The UK-based TaxPayers’ Alliance has received the 2013 Templeton Freedom Award for its work to reform Britain’s tax system. The Alliance produced a report, The Single Income Tax, which is regarded as having reframed the debate over Britain’s economic growth strategies. The report became almost instantly influential, with more than 10,000 downloads in its first week of publication.
Choosing to feel grateful can make a positive difference in your life, according to a growing body of research. This is a particularly significant finding because people often view saying thanks as a passive, passing gesture, rather than an active stance and engagement with life.
“Angling,” mused Washington Irving, “tends to produce a serenity of mind.” As it turns out, he may have been right. The link between fishing and inner peacefulness has been put to the test by Ed Nicholson, one of the winners of the 2013 Purpose Prize. Project Healing Waters uses fly-fishing to help disabled veterans along the path of emotional and psychological rehabilitation. As one participant explains, “The therapeutic value is that it’s not therapy.”
How much religious freedom can governments allow? How much religious freedom do human individuals need? Is there an understanding of religious freedom that can be generalized across different places and traditions?