The Hand of God in Science

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In his 90th year the Nobel Prize winning physicist Charles Townes has won another academic honor — the Templeton prize. But this one does not take stock of his equations. Instead it rewards progress in the discovery of spiritual realities.

What does it mean for a scientist to receive a religious prize? In recent years the classroom arguments over evolution and creation have divided communities on this subject throughout America. But Townes says there are places where religion and science converge. He sees harmony in science’s attempt to understand the order of the universe and in religion’s quest to understand its purpose and meaning.

Alongside his own work in helping invent the laser, Townes has written and spoken about science and religion for more than 40 years now. Call it a quest for common ground.


Dr. Charles Townes, Nobel prize winning physicist and recent winner of the Templeton Prize.