John Templeton

John TempletonIn hmolscience, John Templeton (1912-2008) was an American-born British billionaire stock investor noted for his Christian-themed 1972 initiated Templeton Prize and 1987 initiated Templeton Foundation (Ѻ) both aimed at science + religion reconciliation attempts at “affirming life’s spiritual dimension”.

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“At nearly every public lecture that I give on the universe, I try to reserve adequate time at the end for questions. The succession of subjects is predictable. First, the questions relate directly to the lecture. They next migrate to sexy astrophysical subjects such as black holes, quasars, and the big bang. If I have enough time left over to answer all questions, and if the talk is in America, the subject eventually reaches God. Typical questions include: Do scientists believe in God? Do you believe in God? Do your studies in astrophysics make you more or less religious? Publishers have come to learn that there is a lot of money in God, especially when the author is a scientist and when the book title includes a direct juxtaposition of scientific and religious themes. Successful books include Robert Jastrow's God and the Astronomers, Leon Lederman's The God Particle, Frank Tipler's The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God, and the Resurrection of the Dead, and Paul Davies' two works God and the New Physics and The Mind of God. Each author is either an accomplished physicist or astronomer and, while the books are not strictly religious, they encourage the reader to bring God into conversations about astrophysics. Even Stephen Jay Gould, a Darwinian pitbull and devout agnostic, has joined the title parade with his recent work Rock of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The financial success of these published works indicates that you get bonus dollars from the American public if you are a scientist who openly talks about God. After the publication of The Physics of Immortality, which suggested the law of physics might allow you and your soul to exist long after you are gone from this world, Tipler's book-tour included many well-paid lectures to Protestant religious groups. This lucrative sub-industry has further blossomed in recent years due to efforts made by the wealthy founder of the Templeton investment fund, Sir John Templeton, to find harmony and reconciliation between science and religion. In addition to sponsoring workshops and conferences on the subject, Templeton seeks out widely published religion-friendly scientists to receive an annual award whose cash value exceeds that of the Nobel Prize.”
Neil Tyson (1999), “Holy Wars” [1]

The following are noted quotes:

“Would it not be strange if a universe without purpose accidentally created humans how are so obsessed with purpose?”
— John Templeton (1998), The Humble Approach [2]

1. Tyson, Neil de. (1999). “Holy Wars”, Natural History Magazine, Oct 1.
2. (a) Templeton, John. (1998). The Humble Approach: Scientists Discover God (pg. 19). Templeton Foundation.
(b) Strobel, Lee. (2004). The Case for a Creator: a Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God (pg. 153). Zondervan, 2009.

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John Templeton – Wikipedia.

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