“Francisco J. Ayala, an evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist who has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize.”  Templeton Prize press release March 25th

On the Templeton webpage they have some short video answers by Francisco Ayala to some of the “big questions”, there is also a short interview here at the New Scientist, but it’s not as thorough.

The Templeton Prize is awarded on an annual basis a to a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.  Started in 1973, its recipients includes the likes of Mother Teresa, Thomas Torrance, Billy Graham, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  In more recent years it has focussed on Scientist who have addressed matters of faith, such as Ian Barbour, Aurthur Peacocke, and John Polkinghorne.  A complete list of previous winners together with short bios and related links can be found here (this is actually quite a good resource for those interested in matters of Science and Faith).  Valued at one million pounds sterling (about $1.53 million or €1.12 million), the Prize is the world’s largest annual award given to an individual.

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