$1 Million in Grants Announced to Fund Science And Religion Courses Around the World

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

    BERKELEY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Theology and the
 Natural Sciences (CTNS) Science and Religion Course Program today announced
 that they have awarded 100 colleges and universities around the world grants
 totaling $1,000,000 in their annual Science and Religion Course Award
 Competition.  These awards will be used to develop new courses in the growing
 academic study of science and religion.  The money for the awards comes from a
 grant by the John Templeton Foundation.
     "As the pace and scope of scientific discovery increases, as science and
 technology permeate the everyday world of religious and cultural traditions,
 courses addressing the relationship between science and our religious
 experiences become increasingly vital," said Dr. Ted Peters, director of the
 CTNS Science and Religion Course Program.  "By supporting science-religion
 dialogue at universities and colleges, we hope to foster a worldwide community
 of teaching scientists and theologians actively engaged in formulating and
 addressing questions of ultimate concern."
     The $10,000 course grants will be awarded to schools from across the
 United States and schools in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Czech Republic,
 China, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore,
 Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
 For a complete listing of this years winning schools, please visit the CTNS
 website at www.ctns.org
     Established in 1994, the CTNS Science and Religion Course Program (SRCP)
 has granted 669 course awards.  It is estimated that these awards have
 resulted in more than 1,500 new courses offerings on campuses around the world
 and that through these courses, approximately 40,000 students have included
 science and religion dialogue in their academic pursuits.
     "Funding can often be an obstacle to a scholar offering new college
 courses.  Our grants offer the incentive professors need to develop new
 curriculum," said Dr. Peter Hess, SRCP competition director.  "This year we
 had over 214 high quality applications from 33 different countries; the idea
 that science and religion are at war no longer makes sense."
     With the goal of bringing scientists, theologians, philosophers,
 historians and religious leaders together into a single community of
 scholarship, the Science and Religion Course Program is a program of the
 Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate
 Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  CTNS, a non-profit international member
 organization, promotes the creative mutual interaction between theology and
 the natural sciences through research, teaching, and public service.  For
 additional information about CTNS Science and Religion Course Program, please
 visit the CTNS website at www.ctns.org or call (510) 665-8141.
     The John Templeton Foundation was founded in 1987 by internationally
 renowned investment manager Sir John Templeton to encourage the pursuit of
 religious and scientific knowledge.  For more information about the John
 Templeton Foundation visit its website at www.templeton.org or call 610-687-
 8942.
 
 

SOURCE The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
    BERKELEY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Theology and the
 Natural Sciences (CTNS) Science and Religion Course Program today announced
 that they have awarded 100 colleges and universities around the world grants
 totaling $1,000,000 in their annual Science and Religion Course Award
 Competition.  These awards will be used to develop new courses in the growing
 academic study of science and religion.  The money for the awards comes from a
 grant by the John Templeton Foundation.
     "As the pace and scope of scientific discovery increases, as science and
 technology permeate the everyday world of religious and cultural traditions,
 courses addressing the relationship between science and our religious
 experiences become increasingly vital," said Dr. Ted Peters, director of the
 CTNS Science and Religion Course Program.  "By supporting science-religion
 dialogue at universities and colleges, we hope to foster a worldwide community
 of teaching scientists and theologians actively engaged in formulating and
 addressing questions of ultimate concern."
     The $10,000 course grants will be awarded to schools from across the
 United States and schools in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Czech Republic,
 China, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore,
 Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
 For a complete listing of this years winning schools, please visit the CTNS
 website at www.ctns.org
     Established in 1994, the CTNS Science and Religion Course Program (SRCP)
 has granted 669 course awards.  It is estimated that these awards have
 resulted in more than 1,500 new courses offerings on campuses around the world
 and that through these courses, approximately 40,000 students have included
 science and religion dialogue in their academic pursuits.
     "Funding can often be an obstacle to a scholar offering new college
 courses.  Our grants offer the incentive professors need to develop new
 curriculum," said Dr. Peter Hess, SRCP competition director.  "This year we
 had over 214 high quality applications from 33 different countries; the idea
 that science and religion are at war no longer makes sense."
     With the goal of bringing scientists, theologians, philosophers,
 historians and religious leaders together into a single community of
 scholarship, the Science and Religion Course Program is a program of the
 Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate
 Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  CTNS, a non-profit international member
 organization, promotes the creative mutual interaction between theology and
 the natural sciences through research, teaching, and public service.  For
 additional information about CTNS Science and Religion Course Program, please
 visit the CTNS website at www.ctns.org or call (510) 665-8141.
     The John Templeton Foundation was founded in 1987 by internationally
 renowned investment manager Sir John Templeton to encourage the pursuit of
 religious and scientific knowledge.  For more information about the John
 Templeton Foundation visit its website at www.templeton.org or call 610-687-
 8942.
 
 SOURCE  The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences