The Templeton Foundation Responds to WSJ
In yesterday's post I quoted an article from the Wall Street Journal that asserted that the Tepleton Foundation, once a major supporter of ID, is now losing interest. The Foundation has now issued this statement objecting to the idea that they have ever been a supporter of ID:
Today the WSJ ran a front page story mentioning the John Templeton Foundation in a way suggesting that the Foundation has been a concerted patron and sponsor of the so-called Intelligent Design (“ID”) position (such as is associated with the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and the writers Philip Johnson, William Dembski, Michael Behe and others). This is false information. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The John Templeton Foundation has provided tens of millions of dollars in support to research academics who are critical of the anti-evolution ID position. Any careful and factual analysis of actual events will find that the John Templeton Foundation has been in fact the chief sponsor of university courses, lectures and academic research which variously have argued against the anti-evolution “ID” position. It is scandalous for a distinguished paper to misinform the public in this way.
The statement goes on to argue that on those occasions where grants have been given to ID supporters, it was not for the purpose of supporting ID research.
In light of this, I apologize for asserting that Templeton has been a principle backer of ID research. I still regard it as significant, however, that a foundation devoted to bridging the gap between science and religion would wish to distance itself, with considerable passion, from ID.