Templeton Grant for Word on Fire

July 3, 2020

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JOHN TEMPLETON FOUNDATION AWARDS WORD ON FIRE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES $1.7 MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS THE INTERSECTION OF FAITH AND SCIENCE

Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The grant spans three years and seeks to address the prevalent misconceptions about the incompatibility of faith and science. 

Word on Fire will use the grant to create courses, videos, and other materials that draw on the deep well of Catholic tradition to show how faith and science are in accord.

The grant provides the resources for Word on Fire to produce three specific projects.

First, the Word on Fire Institute will offer a series of video courses from prestigious physicists, astrophysicists, biologists, and theologians to establish a Faith/Science educational track for the 15,000 members of the Institute. The courses will be supplemented by a highly publicized digital summit.

Second, the Institute will host a formal colloquium featuring top scientists, theologians, philosophers, and popular-culture influencers to discuss various aspects of faith and science. This colloquium will draw thousands of attendees and feature live-streamed keynote addresses and breakout sessions. 

Finally, Word on Fire will create a series of original videos to highlight and address the most common misconceptions about the incompatibility of faith and science. These will be freely accessed and publicly shared.

Word on Fire is deeply thankful to the John Templeton Foundation for the opportunity and resources to create these initiatives. Date: August 14, 2020 Media Contact: Brandon Vogt Email: [email protected]