Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who brought Judaism to a global audience, dies
(RNS) — The former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom won a large audience for his ability to reconcile the particularities of Judaism with universal concerns.
Jean Vanier, Catholic hero to developmentally disabled, dies
Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche International, a network of communities where people with and without disabilities live together, died at 90. He was the subject of the 2017 film “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness.”
Dartmouth physicist, known for doubting skeptics, wins 2019 Templeton Prize
(RNS) — Gleiser, the first Latin American to win the award honoring contributions to “affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” describes himself as an agnostic but is an avowed critic of atheism.
King of Jordan wins Templeton Prize for fostering Muslim cooperation
(RNS) — King Abdullah II of Jordan has won the 2018 Templeton Prize for promoting interreligious dialogue and cooperation between Muslims of differing traditions. He is the second Muslim to win the prize, joining laureates such as Mother Teresa, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Billy Graham, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
Philosopher who argued for God wins Templeton Prize
(RNS) Because of Alvin Plantinga’s influence, it is no longer unusual for philosophy professors to bring their religious commitments to bear on their work, the Templeton Foundation said.
Jean Vanier, friend of developmentally disabled, wins Templeton Prize
(RNS) Jean Vanier believes that people with developmental disabilities offer spiritual lessons and gifts to a world too driven by success and power.
Czech priest, philosopher Tomas Halik wins 2014 Templeton Prize
(RNS) Saying he dislikes dogmatic figures on either end of the religious spectrum, Tomas Halik said his work is aimed at “seekers,” the segment of those asking questions about religious and spiritual issues but unaffiliated with religion or atheism.
Desmond Tutu wins 2013 Templeton Prize for work on forgiveness
(RNS) The back-to-back wins by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu signal a shift for the Templeton Prize, which in recent years had gone to little-known physicists and theologians.
Dalai Lama wins Templeton Prize for work on science, religion
NEW YORK (RNS) The 2012 Templeton Prize, which recognizes “spiritual progress” in the world, was awarded to the Dalai Lama for his long-standing support of the engagement of religion and science. By Chris Herlinger.