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Czech Republic professor Halik wins Templeton Prize comment (0)

March 20, 2014

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Tomas Halik, a Roman Catholic priest and philosopher, onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom and interfaith dialogue, won the 2014 Templeton Prize on March 13 for religious and spiritual progress.

Halik, 65, has in recent years been increasingly active in building bridges between people of different faiths. Saying he dislikes dogmatic figures on either end of the religious spectrum, Halik said his work is aimed at “seekers,” the segment of those asking questions about religious and spiritual issues but unaffiliated with religion or atheism.

“Let it be said over and over again: faith is not a question of problems but of mystery,” Halik said in a statement issued by the John Templeton Foundation, based in West Conshohocken, Pa. “We must never abandon the path of seeking and asking.”  

Halik has taught the sociology of religion at Charles University in Prague since 1997. He also has authored numerous books, with a number focusing on dialogue between atheists and those grounded in a particular religious tradition. One of his books, “Patience With God,” was named the European Theological Book of 2009–10.

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