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Latest Prize Bolsters Templeton's Shift to Mainstream

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Science  26 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5973, pp. 1565
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5973.1565

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The Templeton foundation, which seeks to promote a dialogue between science and religion, has in the past supported conferences and projects linked to the Discovery Institute, an intelligent-design (ID) think tank. But it subsequently disavowed support for the ID movement, allaying the fears of many critics. This week, the foundation took another step in that direction by awarding its annual $1.5 million Templeton Prize to Francisco Ayala, a priest-turned-biologist who for decades has campaigned against the teaching of creationism and ID in the science classroom.