Templeton Foundation fights ID tag

"Supporting Science" is new motto
The Templeton Foundation has often described its principal grant-making interests using the expression “science and religion.” “No more,” says Pamela Thompson, Templeton’s vice president for communications. In mid-November, a redesigned Web site appeared at www.templeton.org displaying the motto: “Supporting Science: Investing in the Big Questions.”

“The phrase 'science and religion' has been hijacked," Thompson said, "by the Intelligent Design people,"—those theorists who assert that life is too complex to have been created without an “intelligent designer.” Thompson did not accuse the ID folks of deliberately kidnapping the religion/science expression. But she made it clear that the foundation does not want to be seen as anti-Darwinian and anti-evolution—or as sympathetic to Intelligent Design or its cousin “creation science.”


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