Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology will award two prizes to original essays on the compatibility of science and religion – a best essay prize of $10,000, and a $5,000 runner-up prize – and up to five honorable mentions, each with a $500 prize.
The two winning essays will be published in the fall 2017 issues of both magazines; honorable mentions will also be considered for publication in one or both magazines and/or online.
The competition, part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between science and religion – the TWP Science & Religion project of Arizona State University – is seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion.
“Above all, we are looking for narratives – true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice – that provide a nuanced, thoughtful consideration of the complex interplay and unexplored interdependencies and synergies between science and religion.”
TWP Science & Religion is made possible through a $871,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
I am a big fan of the John Templeton Foundation’s work, and the harmony between science and religion is my primary focus, so I will certainly submit an essay. If my essay is not selected, I will publish it elsewhere or keep it for my book. I wish to encourage all readers to support this initiative and submit essays – if your essay is not selected, you will probably publish it elsewhere (for example, you are are welcome to submit it for publication in the Turing Church magazine) for readers to enjoy.
The prizes are big enough to motivate many good writers to make their best effort to write a good, insightful, and inspiring essay. Regardless of who wins the prize, most essays will be out on the internet for us all to enjoy. Some essays could go viral and have an impact, and perhaps make a positive change in the life of a few readers. Which then will go out and create more positive change…
This will be the important effect of the competition. With only $17,500, the initiative will create a wave of positive change. This is what I call money well spent.
The fun thing is that I found this via a Google search on totally unrelated things, and none of my search keywords apply. Serendipity? Or should I take it as a small encouragement from God, hidden with full plausible deniability in a Google search glitch? You never know.
These posts are written by militant atheists who don’t like the Templeton Foundation (the first, written by a respected physicist, makes some effort at objectivity). One gets the impression that the Templeton Foundation should be demonized for funding this essay competition and scientific research projects like the Physics of the Observer and Emergent Gravity.
A quick reality check for militant atheists: the Templeton Foundation is a private foundation that has been established with private money to promote harmony between science and religion, and that’s what they do, and they do it well. Just live with it.
What really enrages the militant atheists, is that the Templeton Foundation works well and makes an impact.
Advice to militant atheists: 1) Make a lot of money like Sir John Templeton (difficult) and establish a foundation to promote your agenda; 2) Hire smart, hard working people who will advance the foundation’s agenda instead of pocketing the foundation’s money (also difficult).
Science and Religion are portrayed to be in harmony in the Tiffany window Education (1890) (Credit: Wikimedia Commons).