With its deep pockets and agenda to conflate (and harmonize) science and religion, the John Templeton Foundation is a corrupting influence on science. Though impecunious scientists and other scholars might not deliberately corrupt their work to cater to the Templeton agenda, they have to conform to the “Templeton mission” in their research proposals. And this is Templeton’s stated mission (they’ve conveniently eliminated the word “religion”, replacing it with the euphemism “Big Questions”):
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. We support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love, and free will. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.
The problem, of course, is that there is no “human…
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