UCI Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million Religion Prize

Dr. Francisco Ayala, a former Catholic priest and “highly respected evolutionary biologist,” has won the 2010 Templeton Prize. The prize is awarded annually to a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

In making the prize announcement, the Templeton organization noted that Ayala has “has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two”  and “served as an expert witness in a pivotal U.S. federal court challenge that led to the overturning of an Arkansas law mandating the teaching of creationism alongside evolution.”

Previous prize recipients include former Nixon aide Charles Colson, Rev. Billy Graham, Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Mother Theresa.

  1 comment for “UCI Biologist Awarded $2.5 Million Religion Prize

  1. Robert Lauten
    March 26, 2010 at 10:48 am

    NONSENSE! Utter nonsense!
    One can not have a spiritual dimension if one evolved from swamp ooze.

    Truth is truth. Truth does not contradict its self.
    If one sees a contradiction between evolution and religion then it’s either a (1) false evolution belief, or (2) a false or incomplete religious doctrine.

    Either life begets life (creationism), or
    Death begets life.
    Death = the tremendous heat from an exploding star, that some believe is the origin of the universe and everything in it.)

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