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Anglican Priest, Father John Polkinghorne, Honored


Father John Polkinghorne, a priest of our Church in England, has just been honored for his work as a scientist, who connects his work with religion. The Ecumenical News article is printed below.


Edward Chinn

eni-summary list Ecumenical News International News Highlights 15 March 2002

US$1 million Templeton prize for scientist-turned-priest

New York (ENI). John C. Polkinghorne, a mathematical physicist who amazed his scientific colleagues more than 20 years ago by becoming an Anglican priest (Anglicans in the United States are called Episcopalians), has won the 2002 Templeton Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the field of religion. Long associated with the University of Cambridge, Polkinghorne, aged 71, is a leading figure in attempting to bridge the worlds of science and religion. “I am a passionate believer in the unity of knowledge,” Polkinghorne told ENI in an interview prior to yesterday’s announcement of the award. A colleague said Polkinghorne had a rare ability to integrate scientific approaches and religious thinking. [761 words, ENI-02-0077]


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