The John Templeton Foundation, with its Conshohocken headquarters, is hoping to help bridge the widening divide between religion and science, writes Sandy Hingston for the Philadelphia Magazine.
The foundation has already invested more than a billion and a half dollars into research that is trying to reconcile the spiritual and the secular.
The foundation named after its founder, Sir John Templeton, who made a fortune on Wall Street and moved to the Bahamas for tax purposes. He devoted the fortune he accumulated to his vision of using scientific methods and rigor to explore “the extent of and the meaning of our spiritual selves and our relationship to the Creator God of the Universe.”
After he died twelve years ago, his family members, a board of trustees, and 57 employees at the foundation are keeping his dream alive. They continue to fund a huge variety of scientific and quasi-scientific endeavors.
However in its giving, the foundation has been accused of using its enormous wealth to skew the directions of entire departments at universities and organizations by favoring research it believes furthers its aim.
Among many others, recipients include the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford.
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