Winner: Science mustn’t be blind to spirit
CHICAGO — A Northwestern University philosophy professor received the world’s richest religion prize Wednesday.
Charles Taylor, a Canadian philosopher who for nearly half a century has explored the spiritual origins of violence and bigotry, will receive $1.5 million from the John Templeton Foundation, which awards progress and research in spiritual matters.
“The divorce of natural science and religion has been damaging to both,” Taylor said in accepting the award in New York. “But it is equally true that the culture of the humanities and social sciences has often been surprisingly blind and deaf to the spiritual, and that in my case, the attempt to break down these barriers is being recognized and honored.”
The Templeton Prize was created in 1972 by philanthropist Sir John Marks Templeton, with the stipulation that its monetary value always exceed that of the Nobel Prize. Six of the last seven winners have been scientists.
Taylor, 75, teaches philosophy and law at Northwestern University. He is best known for questioning the role of spiritual “The divorce of natural science and religion has been damaging to both,” philosopher Charles Taylor says. thinking in the 21st century. For more than 45 years, he has argued that relying solely on secularized viewpoints only leads to fragmented, faulty results. He has said such an approach only perpetuates clashes of culture, morality, nationalities and religions.
A Rhodes Scholar, Taylor is the first Canadian to win the Templeton Prize.
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Lawmakers in Poland’s Senate disagreed Wednesday, unanimously passing a resolution honoring her and the Polish underground’s Council for Assisting Jews, of which her ring of mostly Roman Catholics was a part.
Sendler is now 97 and lives in a nursing home. She was too frail to attend but sent a letter that was read by a Holocaust survivor. Irena Sendler
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John Evander Couey