Marcelo Gleiser who is a Brazilian physicist and astronomer is awarded the Templeton Prize 2019 for his work blending science and spirituality.
Marcelo Gleiser contends that science and religion are not only compatible, but that science is spiritual. The two realms of science and spirituality are intertwined for him.
For Marcelo Gleiser, science is one part of the tripod of human questioning, and that philosophy and religion have asked these same questions for far longer than science has existed. The answers those different disciplines yield may be starkly different, but they are parallel pursuits and science has its own way of connecting to the spiritual side.
Templeton Prize awarded by the U.S.-based John Templeton Foundation honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.
Established: 1972 by the late
Founder: Sir John Templeton
Prize Money: £1,100,000 sterling
Aim: To honor outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality.
Templeton Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather the quest for progress in humanity’s efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine.