A series of moral, ethical and religious debates hosted by Nicky Campbell.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Big Questions - John Templeton Foundation - Netflix
The John Templeton Foundation (Templeton Foundation) is a philanthropic organization with a spiritual or religious inclination that funds inter-disciplinary research about human purpose and ultimate reality. It was established in 1987 by investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. His son John Templeton, Jr. took over the presidency until his death in 2015. Heather Templeton Dill became president in June 2015. According to the Foundation, it gives away about $70 million per year in research grants and programs. The Foundation accepts online funding inquiries each year. If the initial inquiry is successful, applicants are invited to make a full proposal. Typically, grants are approved in a process that incorporates peer review. The Foundation supports many research projects, usually by means of international competitions to which research teams from large universities apply. In 2008, the Foundation received the United States' National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Many scholars have raised concerns about the biased nature of the awards, research projects and publications backed by the Templeton Foundation. According to Guillaume Lecointre of the French National Center for Scientific Research, the Templeton Foundation has links with fundamentalist Protestantism, is openly creationist, and funds projects throughout the world whose aim is to unify science and religion, blurring the epistemological lines between the collective and public empirical enquiry and the individual and private metaphysical conviction. According to Lecointre, this type of private funding would be “disastrous for the autonomy of scientific research”. The Foundation has also been criticized for supporting Christian-biased research in the field of the scientific study of religions. The Templeton Foundation has had links with the Discovery Institute, an American conservatist and creationist think-tank, and other similar organizations.
The Big Questions - Fenggang Yang—Center on Religion and Chinese Society - Netflix
The Center on Religion and Chinese Society of the Purdue University in Indiana is funded by the Templeton Foundation. The current director of the center, the Chinese American Christian scholar Fenggang Yang, has been granted more that $9.5 million to support his projects, The center has published research on religion in China, especially based on Yang's own theory of the so-called “religious market”. Yang's statistics and projections about Christianity in China have been disputed by authorities in China; Yang himself claimed that his speculations were based on a report of the Pew Research Center, another publication backed by the Templeton Foundation. Many scholars of Chinese religion have criticized Yang's sociological theories about religion in China.
The Big Questions - References - Netflix