Statement from the John Templeton Foundation in reply to Le Journal de Montréal - (September 3, 2007, page 6 Straight Talk by Richard Martineau)

    MONTREAL, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The mission of the John Templeton
Foundation is to serve as a philanthropic catalyst for discovery in areas
engaging life's biggest questions. These questions range from explorations
into the laws of nature and the universe to questions on the nature of love,
gratitude, and forgiveness.
    Our vision is derived from John Templeton's commitment to rigorous
scientific research and related scholarship. The Foundation's motto "How
little we know, how eager to learn" exemplifies our support for open-minded
inquiry and our hope for advancing human progress through breakthrough
    Sir John Templeton is interested in promoting dialogue between science
and religion. He feels that a dialogue between science and religion can be
immensely valuable when looking for perspectives about life's biggest
questions such as "Does the universe have a purpose?" or " What does it mean
to be a human?"

    In correction, we have never funded the Discovery Institute.

    The Templeton Prize winner is chosen by a group of nine independent
judges composed of scholars and leaders from around the world and from at
least five different major religious backgrounds. Over the years, different
groups of judges have selected several winners for their contributions to
progress in religion, just as they have selected scientist, Freeman Dyson who
has reservations about established religion.

    Winners of the Templeton Prize exhibit a wide range of beliefs, both
    religious and atheist.

    Winners from diverse religious denominations include Hindu Scholar,
Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan; Japanese Buddhist, Nikkyo Niwano; Muslim leader
Dr. Inamullah Khan; Hindu activist, Baba Amte; Jewish scholar,
Rt. Hon. Lord Jakobovits and Jewish interfaith leader Sir Sigmund Sternberg.

    As philanthropic investors, the Foundation seeks high-potential projects
likely to generate exciting new knowledge and contribute to important new
discoveries and breakthroughs. We look for bold ideas that engage the "big
questions" and draw in multiple disciplines. The division of labor and
increasing specialization in most fields means that some of the most
interesting, difficult or profound research questions don't get addressed. In
a contrarian spirit, we try to help give great minds the space and opportunity
to address significant questions and issues that cross disciplinary

For further information:

For further information: Pamela Thompson, Vice President for
Communications, John Templeton Foundation, (610) 941-5194, C (610) 772-3576, F
(610) 941-2993

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