Building on an international reputation and expertise in the field of science and religion, The Faraday Institute in the UK has recently been able to secure a home for the next 20 years thanks to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The grant was awarded over the summer and goes through 2020. It allows the Institute, founded in 2006 by Dr. Denis Alexander and Prof. Robert White, to fit out its office space and maintain a web interface in addition to fitting out a library and archiving the books of the leading British thinkers in the arena of science and religion. Officials also plan to develop a diverse funding set and to become a long-term platform provider for Templeton projects.
Separate from this $2 million grant, a second grant from the Templeton foundation is focusing on media development for science and faith initiatives aimed at children.
According to the Templeton website, this second $910,555 grant will allow Faraday to disseminate new media materials in UK schools for children aged 2 to 12. The materials will provide “more positive narratives about the relationship between mainstream science and religious questions. Out of 60 creative proposals for new books and apps, 19 were selected as part of the grant proposal. The publishers will return a 33% royalty to The Faraday Institute to establish a ‘Continuation Fund’ to fund future initiatives.
A website will promote the endeavor and act as a resource center for parents, teachers and children. The Faraday Institute hopes that the three-year project will generate a six-year program that will “contribute to the development of a new generation of children who will view the relationship between science and faith more positively.”