Subject: TURMEL: $100,000 Science and Religion Grant
Date: Sat, 05 Dec 1998 23:18:29 -0500 (EST)
From: (John Turmel)

    JCT: Thanks to Jay Hanson for passing on an interesting
opportunity for those who see the link between LETS and Christ's
differential equation in Paul Corr II 8:14:

>Date: Wed Dec  2 14:39:37 1998
>From: ("Jay Hanson")
>Subject: [JunkEconomics] Science to displace economics as secular

[Is this an opportunity for science to displace economics in the
field of secular religion?]

Billy Grassie wrote:
Below is a Request-for-Proposals to compete for seven(!) $100,000
Grants for Research, Writing, and Publication Exploring the
Constructive Interaction of Science and Religion.  This announcement
was first posted in Meta 164 on September 21, 1998.  At this time I
am please to announce that there will be an additional $100,000 grant
awarded as part of this competition.

Our benefactor, Sir John Templeton, has expressed a desire to
increase the number of grants and add a fourth category to the three
already listed in the original RFP. The specific focus of this
seventh award will be on "Expanding Concepts of God." The award will
promote scholarly research and writing on how our understanding of
the Divine is expanding and evolving in the modern world. In
particular, the theme will focus on how increasing understanding in
science, technology and commerce can be fruitful as a source of
inspiration and insight relevant for refining and expanding concepts
of God. You will note that there is significant overlapped with the
three categories already listed in the original RFP.
Thanks to the generosity and vision of Sir John Templeton, there are
seven extraordinary opportunities for individuals or groups to do
significant research and writing for popular and scholarly audiences
on the constructive interaction of science and religion in the 21st
Century. Please note that the deadline for letters-of-inquiry is
January 4, 1999. The full application procedure is detailed below.

Subject: Seven $100,000 Grants on Science and Religion
- REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - to compete for


The John Templeton Foundation is pleased to announce a competition
for seven $100,000 awards to support sabbatical research and writing
on the constructive interface between science and religion in the
21st century. Applications are encouraged from talented,
research-focused, writers representing any and all religious
traditions, as well as non-religious thinkers. Successful applicants
will have demonstrated skills in research and writing, exemplifying
engaged, well-informed discourse, balanced inquiry, and a humble
approach to learning. This awards competition seeks to stimulate
outstanding research, writing, and publishing in the broad field of
science and religion.

Four topical categories are listed below for the present cycle.
Proposals should be submitted in one or more of the following three

1) EVIDENCE OF PURPOSE: Investigations at the constructive interface
of science and religion which are focused broadly on the subject of
teleology, giving evidence of purpose and meaning in relation to
cosmological, evolutionary, and human cultural processes.

2) HUMAN CREATIVITY AND UNDERSTANDING: Considerations of the potential
and meaning of humanity's accelerating comprehension of reality and
expanding creative power with specific concern for moral and spiritual

3) CONCEPTS OF GOD: Theological and philosophical investigation of the
relationship between God and World, especially which integrate
scientific insights and perspectives.

4) EXPANDING CONCEPTS OF GOD: Consideration of how our understanding
of the Divine is expanding and evolving in the modern world, with
particular concern for how increasing understanding in science,
technology and commerce can be fruitful as a source of inspiration and
insight relevant for refining and expanding concepts of God.

- Letters of Inquiry:     January 4, 1999.
- Full Applications:     May 3, 1999.
- Grants Announced:     September 3, 1999.

An important criteria of merit is effective dissemination of the work
in the form of chapters published in scholarly journals and
distinguished magazines.

of vision and mission of the John Templeton Foundation is to pursue
research at the boundary between theology and science through
rigorous, open-minded and empirically-focused methodologies, drawing
together talented representatives from a wide spectrum of fields of
expertise. This has been described as the "humble approach."
Typically it seeks to focus the methods and resources of scientific
inquiry on topical areas which have religious and theological
significance ranging across the disciplines from cosmology to
healthcare. The Foundation sponsors a wide variety of project
initiatives pursuing the 'humble approach" in basic research, in
pedagogy, in promoting high-level dialog, and by awarding prizes for
excellence in research, writing, and teaching. Envisioned by Sir John
Templeton especially is the possibility of multiplying many aspects of
spiritual information, insight, and wisdom through the appropriate
application of scientific research methods, as well as by encouraging
enthusiasm for an open, questing, scientific attitude within religious
communities exemplified in the adage, "how little we know, how eager
to learn."
The specific purpose of this program is to stimulate writing of highly
innovative and high quality books, which exemplify the open research-
focused mode of multifaceted inquiry, which characterizes the "humble
approach." Further information describing the donor intent for the
John Templeton Foundation may be found in: (i) The Humble Approach
(1995, 2nd edition forthcoming) by John Marks Templeton; Worldwide
Laws of Life (1997) by John Marks Templeton; and on the Foundation's
website at <>.

(i) This program is likely to be highly competitive. Interested
persons are encouraged not to apply if their preparation and record of
publication is not at a very high level of accomplishment.
(ii) Applications will be considered from single authors as well as
from teams of two or more authors working together. Proposals should
identify which category the proposal is being submitted under and
whether the proposal is for a 'professional' or a 'popular' book.
(iii) The use of prize monies is unrestricted to the prizewinner.
Specific budgeting is not required. However, applicants should
describe briefly how they would plan to utilize the prizes in terms of
a prospective timeline for their research and writing. Prizes can be
awarded to sponsoring institutions, if desired. In such cases,
overhead will not be paid beyond 10% of the sum of salary plus
(iv) The desired form of application is described below:
Letter of Inquiry: Interested parties should prepare a letter of not
more than three pages single-spaced describing the book they propose
to write. A detailed CV summary of not more than three pages should
be attached. This should include references to previous articles and
books written by the author(s) of the proposed book. Screening of
initial letters is provided to alleviate wasted effort by applicants
unlikely to succeed in the competition. Invitations for full
applications will be sent to a reduced number of applicants whose
accomplishments and proposed book idea inspires a sense of
extraordinary promise to a screening committee of distinguished expert
reviewers. The deadline for letters of inquiry is January 4, 1999.
Ten copies of all materials must be provided.
Full Proposals: Applicants who are invited to submit full proposals
must demonstrate a deep, innovative, well-informed and intellectually
profound engagement with the topic on which they propose to write.
Full proposals should be not more than 10 pages in length, single-
spaced. These should include: (i) an executive summary; (ii) a
detailed overview of the aims and purpose of the book; (iii) an
index/outline noting the topics to be covered with brief notes; and
(iv) a publication plan with a description of the target audiences the
book is intended to reach. Last, proposals should include an appended
full and detailed CVs plus lists of publications for all authors. Ten
copies of all materials must be submitted. Additional attachments of
relevant published work are encouraged. The deadline for full
proposals is May 3, 1999. Awards will be announced by September 3,
Please note: While the proposal can be for a Non-English language
book, all application material must be in submitted in English, as we
do not have the capabilities to translate.

1. $75,000 upon the initial award of the prize
2. $15,000 upon acceptance for publication by the publisher
3. $10,000 upon documentation of book sales in excess of 2000 volumes.
For further information, go to <> or
send email to <>. Please no phone calls.
Letters of Inquiry should be sent to:
Book RFP
John Templeton Foundation
100 Matsonford Rd., Suite 100,
Radnor, PA 19087

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     JCT: Fascinating opportunity for anyone interested in both
science and religion. Considering the LETS design is based on Christ's
differential equation in Paul CorrII 8:14, I'd think LETSers would
have a much greater chance at these prizes than most uninitiated.
     I think I'll give it a try considering I've raised the previously
unknown argument that that Christ's mission on Earth was explained in
his differential equations and the unaltered version of the Lord's
Prayer where he told us to pray to: "Forgive us our debts as we
forgive our debtors," not "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who have sinned against us." I hope the judges in this "science
and religion" panel will see the differential equation that I and a U
of Texas student both derived?
     So, I'll raise the argument that like al the greatest saints in
the Bible and the Koran, Jesus he was an Abolitionist of Interest rate
debt slavery and the differential equation for LETS was given to us by
Jesus in Paul Corr II, 8:14.
     I'll also suggest that Christ was exactly what the Romans and the
Syrian neighbor Mara Bar Serapion called him, "King of the Jews."
     I will further argue that contrary to the belief that he was a
poor carpenter, he was actually a rich "tekton," an engineer, working
with blueprints rather than a poor carpenter working with a hammer
after the gold of the Magis provided him with riches beyond belief
which explained why Paul said he had been rich but became poor.

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