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March 5, 1988
The Templeton Prize for progress in religion was awarded this week to Muslim Inamullah Khan, but Jewish leaders protested the recognition, saying that he heads an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organization. Khan is the first member of the Islamic faith to win the $390,000 prize, the largest in the world and about $40,000 more than the Nobel prizes.
March 8, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Religion Writer
The 1989 John M. Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion--the richest international prize of any kind--was jointly awarded Tuesday to a Scottish churchman who founded an ecumenical center and a German physicist-philosopher whose research has probed the relationships among physics, cosmology and theology. Recipients of the $435,000 prize are the Very Rev. Lord MacLeod, 92, who established the Iona community off the coast of Scotland in the 1930s, and Prof.
May 16, 1987 | Associated Press
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.
March 2, 1985 | Associated Press
An 89-year-old British marine biologist who believes that religious faith plays a key role in human evolution has won the $186,000 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Sir Alistair Hardy, who was knighted in 1957 for his research in marine biology, was unable to travel to New York for the announcement, but said by telephone from his home in Oxford, England, this week that he would use the money to expand his research.
March 12, 1995
Religion and science are obviously not identical. But the growing prominence of cosmology, that branch of science that attempts to explain the order of the universe as a whole, has brought the two of late into a dialogue interrupted for centuries. The announcement last Tuesday that Paul Davies, an Australian mathematician and physicist, has won the annual, $1-million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, may stand as a minor milestone in that reconciliation.
July 9, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
John Marks Templeton, a pioneer in the investment industry and a champion of spiritual research who founded the annual Templeton Prize, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a hospital in Nassau, the Bahamas. He was 95. Templeton created one of the first internationally diversified mutual funds in 1954, when most U.S. investors were reluctant to put money in foreign stocks, and became a billionaire. He devoted his latter years to philanthropy and the promotion of religion.
March 22, 2005 | Margaret Wertheim, Margaret Wertheim, a lapsed Catholic, is the author of "Pythagoras' Trousers" (Norton), a history of the relationship between physics and religion, which in 1996 won a book prize funded in part by the Templeton Foundation.
This month, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes won the $1.5-million Templeton Prize, an award given out for "progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities." What does it mean that a religious prize is being given to a physicist? Townes, in fact, is the fifth scientist to have won the award (the world's most lucrative academic prize). Fellow physicist winners include Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" and Robert Duvall's "The Apostle" weren't among the best-picture Oscar nominees this month. But they made the top 10 list of movies for mature audiences announced by Movieguide Awards, a Christian group that will give out prizes at Universal City on March 18. Despite the conservative evangelical perspective of the sponsoring Movieguide magazine, the Camarillo-based organization named five Walt Disney Co.
March 21, 1994
The excerpt of Michael Novak's remarks on winning the Templeton Prize identifies the dangers for a democratic capitalist society adrift of its moral and ethical moorings ("The Urgent Need for Virtuous Capitalism," Commentary, March 13). However, he neglects to offer a viable intellectual basis for the "virtuous cultural awakening" required for free societies to survive. The strength of Weber's "Protestant Ethic" is founded on individual responsibility and accountability. The theory of the firm does not dispel this maxim.
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