The Religion News Foundation received a two-year $210,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to help inform the public about how science and religion intersect.

The “Double Helix” project is slated to result in at least 40 original news and feature story packages produced by the Religion News Foundation’s subsidiary, Religion News Service. The stories will be published at religionnews.com and will be distributed to approximately 100 subscribing and partner news outlets for republication.

According to the Religion News Foundation, the stories will investigate the religious, spiritual, ethical and philosophical implications of today’s most talked about developments in science, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and deep-space exploration.

The team, led by Thomas Gallagher, CEO, Religion News Foundation, and CEO and publisher of RNS, will also produce four ReligionLink source guides to enhance journalistic coverage of complex issues surrounding science and religion on such topics as religion’s role in the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life, the religious and moral implications of artificial intelligence, neuroscience and religion, and animal faith.

The Religion News Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational and charitable foundation based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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