LONDON — Stanley L. Jaki, a Hungarian-born Benedictine monk, theologian and physics professor from New Jersey, says the loss of his voice for 10 years helped him win a $365,200 prize for his writings on science and faith.
"A surgical mishap on my throat in 1953 gave me time to write and to think, and that's not always the case. Many writers of best sellers don't think at all," the scholar-priest said in an interview.
Jaki was presented with the 15th Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in a ceremony here on Tuesday. He is distinguished professor at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.
His thesis is that Christianity created the intellectual climate that allowed science to flourish. He is a stern critic of the view that science and God are unrelated.