John Templeton, backer of religion-and-science studies, dies at 95

Funded research on the "Big Questions"
John Marks Templeton, who first made his mark as a pioneer international investor, is being remembered in religious circles for his commitment to the most prominent prize in religion: the annual Templeton Prize.

His passionate interest in the relation between religion and science and his hope that research could shed light on love, forgiveness and other religious tenets was reflected in the recognition of numerous scientists and philosophers who won the Templeton Prize in recent decades and the many universities awarded grants for examining the subject.

Templeton was born in Tennessee and eventually became a naturalized British citizen. He died of pneumonia at age 95 on July 8 at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, where he had lived for many years.

The longtime Presbyterian served as a Princeton Theological Seminary trustee for 42 years, including 12 as board chair. He also endowed Templeton College at Oxford.


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