symposium is part of the Templeton Foundation’s
Humble Approach Initiative. The goal of
the initiative is to bring about the discovery
of new spiritual information by furthering high-quality
scientific research. The "humble approach"
is inherently interdisciplinary, sensitive to
nuance, and biased in favor of building linkages
and connections. It assumes an openness to new
ideas and a willingness to experiment. Placing
high value upon patience and perseverance, it
retains a sense of wondering expectation because
it recognizes, in Loren Eisley’s haunting
phrase, "a constant emergent novelty in nature
that does not lie totally behind us, or we would
not be where we are." A fundamental principle
of the Foundation, in the words of its founder,
is that "humility is a gateway to greater
understanding and open[s] the doors to progress"
in all endeavors. Sir John Templeton believes
that in their quest to comprehend foundational
realities, scientists, philosophers, and theologians
have much to learn about and from one another.
The humble approach is intended as a corrective
to parochialism. It encourages discovery and seeks
to accelerate its pace.