The winner of the 2005 Templeton prize, “awarded each year to a living person to encourage and honor those who advance spiritual matters, including research in love, creativity, purpose, infinity, intelligence, thanksgiving and prayer” has been announced. Oddly enough, to someone that Bell-labs, the Nobel Committee and even the Smithsonian Institute want to pretend is not even religious. In spite of including numerous details about Charles Townes, one of the inventors of the laser, each of these institutions censored the fact that Townes has always been an outspoken, and devout Christian.
Before he became famous, though, he was ostracized by many in the scientific community for his beliefs.
Fifty years ago, he published a scientific paper outlining his views that science and religion were closely related.
Since then, the two fields, especially in areas such as quantum mechanics, have been coming together in a less fractious relationship. In a statement, Charles Townes said many people did not realise that science involves faith.
“But nothing is absolutely proved,” he said. “Wonderful things in both science and religion come from our efforts based on observations, thoughtful assumptions, faith and logic.”
Now that his name is immortalized by the invention of the maser, then the laser, then a Nobel Prize, they pretty much have to acknowledge his work — but omit any details that would let people know he is a devout Christian.
Bigotry, there’s no escaping it.
Originally published March 10th, 2005 at JackLewis.net.