The Discovery Institute’s Bruce Chapman is reporting that the Templeton Foundation has funded the pro-Darwin conference in Rome. Templeton’s Darwin Conference in Rome 5th March
It is interesting to note that in the UK the Templeton Foundation has also funded some very vocal theistic supporters of evolution, including the Faraday Institute headed by Denis Alexander, with $2,000,000 dollars.
And the wide ranging Theos / Faraday research project, that wants to ‘rescue Darwin’ by gathering information about the level of acceptance of evolution in UK society, was funded by Templeton. Theos reported back in June 2008 that it is ‘delighted to announce that it has been awarded a major grant by the John Templeton Foundation to undertake a new project on science and religion.Theos wins major grant to ‘rescue’ Darwin 3/6/08
Of course at the human level there is nothing wrong with taking money from Templeton, but I wonder how ethically minded Christians will react when they find out that so much money is being accepted from a vaguely spiritual organisation in order to promote acceptance of evolution in the Church and thus shape Christian Theology?
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