... it is awarded to a living person who, in the estimation of the judges, "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works".
Until 2001, the name of the prize was "Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion", and from 2002 to 2008 it was called the "Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities".
The monetary value of the prize is adjusted so that it exceeds that of the Nobel Prizes, as Templeton felt "spirituality was ignored" in the Nobel prizes. At £1,000,000, as of 2009, it is the largest single annual financial prize award given to an individual by a philanthropic organisation. The prize is awarded "based on the decision of a panel of distinguished judges from various academic disciplines and religious traditions". Hindus, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims and atheists have been on the panel of judges and have been recipients of the prize.
I rather fancy the Prize to be honest, and could do with the dosh and the glory.
- Would the creation of a new religion count?
- Would initiating debate on the creation of a new religion count?
- Would creating a new religion that would unite atheists, agnostics and monotheists count?
A new British state religion is my gift to the British people (let us call it a thought present) and my contribution to Western civilisation. Its Holy Trinity consists of
- Anglican Islam (for the masses)
- Secular Koranism (for the judiciary)
- Agnostic Indifference [to the existence of God] (for anyone who wishes to participate in politics)
What would make it unprecedented (were I to be awarded the Prize) would be the fact that I will have been able to successfully claim to be simultaneously Agnostic, Atheist and Monotheist and present a Unified Theory of God, Reason and Morality that will be acceptable to all three schools of thought, without any attempt to convert anyone to Islam at all.