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John Templeton Awards & Heidelberg

May 21, 2011

I’m currently in Heidelberg for this year’s awards ceremony and collaterial seminars to honor this year’s 12 recipients of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.  I’m one of about 25 selectors from various countries around the world, and delighted to be able to be part of this year’s event.  The award is given for outstanding promise represented in a PhD thesis or first book.  As in the past, this year’s 12 winners are an outstanding collection of very promising scholars.

The ceremony (Friday afternoon) in the Alte Aula of the University was dignified and appropriately ceremonial.  The seminars today (Saturday) and Monday allow each of them to present their current/next major project, and today’s sessions were a rich diet of intriguing presentations.  The presentations are then engaged by the other awardees and those of us on the selection committee here (about 5-6 of us are brought in each year).  The awards programme is financed by a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation.  For a list of this year’s winners, here’s the URL:

http://www.fiit.uni-heidelberg.de/award/

My congratulations to each of them.  I’m sure that we’ll be hearing more from them in coming years too!

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