Sir John Templeton: Supporting Scientific Research for by Robert Herrmann

By Robert Herrmann

This is often the tale of John Templeton's existence. instead of a biography, it goals to offer an outline of a imaginative and prescient being discovered, detailing how he journeyed from monetary luck to an figuring out of the concept that of non secular growth.

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The unconscious irony in his observation consists in the fact that this man assumed the progress of science to have been so great that a clear vision of the world without illusion was, by his own time, possible. It is needless to add that he wrote before Einstein, . . at a time when Mendel was just about to be rediscovered, and before the advances in the study of radioactivity had made their impact — of both illumination and confusion — upon this century. Certainly science has moved forward. But when science progresses, it often opens vaster mysteries to our gaze.

We have forgotten Lewis Thomas’s conclusion that this is the Age of Ignorance. And what we are most ignorant of is the Creator. It is humility toward the Creator that Sir John is concerned about! In The Humble Approach, Sir John writes of a new approach to understanding more about God. His method consists of a broad, sweeping examination of our sources of theological knowledge from the various religions Sir John_All 04/27/04 22 3:24 PM Page 22 chapter 1 ࣍ and from modern sources in the sciences, followed by proposals for research in spiritual progress.

The number of entrants for each six-month period has risen to its present size of six hundred students. It would give me a great pleasure to learn that your hometown wants to embark on its own version of the Franklin County program. ” This poem taught me to dream — but also to be master of my dreams. I learned from the great English poet that the earth belongs to us all and that, with courage 39 Sir John_All 04/27/04 40 3:24 PM Page 40 chapter 2 ࣍ and enthusiasm, progress is likely to follow. The final stanza of “If ” still rings in my ears: If you can fill the unforgiving minutes With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!

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