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Farewell, Sir John

Five years ago, I interviewed Sir John Templeton for the WSJ, to write this article about the prize that bears his name. Key line:

The challenge for the prize in the years ahead will be to avoid sliding into a theistic mire of sloppy thinking that isn’t grounded in any religious tradition. At the same time, it has a remarkable opportunity to help unite believers who are willing to accept scientific rationalism as a tool of faith and scientists who are finding that cosmology and other matters are most useful to us when they address religious questions.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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