Looking Forward to a New Templeton Prize Award

Looking Forward to a New Templeton Prize Award


by Don Ingwerson

I was recently going back through my blogs and discovered an article, “Renaissance Man,” that highlighted the work of Francisco J. Ayala, the 2010 Templeton Prize winner. What I find so special about the Templeton Prize is that it “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Spiritual discoveries are going on individually and personally all the time, but when a discovery allows for a paradigm shift in thought, these discoveries are extremely important. In fact, on the Templeton Prize site, the banner states that it is “celebrating 40 years of spiritual progress.”

The Dalai Lama received this prestigious award last year in 2012. This spiritual leader has been a powerful and outspoken voice promoting the strength of compassion to solve world problems. Other Templeton Prize winners include Martin Rees, a theoretical astrophysicist; Bernard d’Espagnat, physicist and philosopher; Charles Taylor, philosopher; and Charles H. Townes, professor and writer of “The Convergence of Science and Religion.” The prize has been awarded each year since 1973. What I found particularly interesting is that the first Templeton Prize winner was Mother Teresa, who received this prize six years before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. You can take a look at all of the winners and their contributions on the Previous Prize Winners page.

So who will be the 2013 winner – and what contribution will he or she give to furthering the understanding of spirituality? We’ll have to wait until March to see!

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Rhonda says

    It shows proof of the levening of thought that is going on unseen in the mental realm by divine truth and love. Mary Baker Eddy’s comment “Ages pass, but this leven of Truth is ever at work. It must destroy the entire mass of error, and so be eternally glorified in man’s spiritual freedom.” sure sums it up beautifully in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” How wonderful that an organization is recognizing individuals responding to this leven and forwarding spiritual progress for the betterment of mankind. (=

  2. Anne says

    I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I’ve been familiar with the Templeton Prize for many years and was glad to be reminded of the outstanding recipients.

    The Dalai Lama is a favorite of mine. I have his book “Art of Happiness” and it’s marked in many places. A member in our local interfaith association, who belongs to the Buddhist World Institute, has met him, and I remember a wonderful article in The Christian Science Monitor some years ago about the Dalai Lama, when he visited the United States. I shared this Monitor piece with my Buddhist friend and he was most appreciative.

    It’s wonderful to learn how world citizens are contributing to the global atmosphere of increased spirituality and mental upliftment.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Sharon says

    Thanks for the heads up about this upcoming event. I always enjoy hearing who won the award! The winner is chosen from many as well, so there’s lots and lots of spiritual thinking going on as we know!