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ACNS3259 Templeton prizewinner begins lecture tour

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Thu, 16 Jan 2003 10:58:52 -0000

ACNS 3259     |     ENGLAND	|     16 JANUARY 2003

Templeton prizewinner begins lecture tour

Professor John Polkinghorne will begin a nationwide lecture tour on Monday
20 January 2003 at the International Study Centre of Canterbury Cathedral.
His topic of his lecture is "Science, Christianity and the End of the World:
Is there a destiny beyond death?"

On 29 April 2002, Professor Polkinghorne was awarded the prestigious
Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Founded by Sir John Templeton in
1972, the prize is awarded annually is designed to encourage and honour
those who advance spiritual matters.

John Polkinghorne resigned as Professor of Mathematical Physics from
Cambridge University in 1979 in order to pursue theological studies. Since
he was ordained priest in 1982, his extensive writings and lectures have
consistently applied scientific habits to Christianity, resulting in a
modern and compelling exploration of the faith. His approach to the
fundamentals of Christian orthodoxy has brought him international
recognition as a unique voice for understanding the Bible as well as
evolving doctrine.

His decision to enter the priesthood led to wide-ranging discussions with
theoretical physicists which became the foundation for the first of many
books and other writings in which he grapples with issues of science and

In 1997, Professor Polkinghorne was knighted for his distinguished service
to science, religion, learning and medical ethics. On receiving the
Templeton Prize he said, "I want treat science and religion with great and
equal seriousness. I see them as complementary to each other and not as
rivals. The most important thing they have in common is that both believe
there is a truth to be sought and found, a truth whose attainment comes
through the pursuit of well-motivated belief."

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