Questions and answers
The John Templeton Foundation’s aim is to encourage informed dialogue in an open way on the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality, between scientists and non-scientists, between all denominations and faiths and those of no faith.
The annual Templeton Prize (worth £1.1 million) was established to honour a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, through insight discovery or practical works. Previous winners include Mother Theresa (1973), the Dalai Lama (2012) and Desmond Tutu (2013).
The highly worthy 2014 winner is Tomáš Halík, a spiritual giant of the 20th century who is a Czech priest and philosopher. He risked imprisonment for advancing religious and cultural freedoms after the Soviet invasion of his country in 1968, and has since become a leading international advocate for dialogue among different faiths and non-believers. He spent nearly two decades organizing an extensive secret underground network of academics, theologians and philosophers.