The Humble Approach

Scientists Discover God

Sir John Templeton (1912–2008)

For generations the discoveries of science tended to challenge the very existence of God. Templeton makes a striking argument for just the opposite point of view. He goes to the writings of many of the world's leading scientific thinkers—as diverse in background as Albert Einstein and Teilhard de Chardin—and discovers them in awe of the universe, perceiving the hand of Divine mystery at work.

The Humble Approach teaches that man can discover and comprehend only a few of the infinite aspects of God's nature, never enough to form a comprehensive theology. The humble approach may be a science still in its infancy, but it seeks to develop a way of knowing God appropriate to His greatness and our littleness.”

Formerly published by Continuum in 1994.

I.  An Introduction / 1

II. The Blossoming Time of Man / 6

III. The Vast Unseen / 13

IV. The New World of Time / 25

V. Humble About What? / 34

VI. Benefits from Humility / 44

VII. Creation Through Change / 55

VIII. Spiritual Progress / 64

IX. The Benefits of Competition / 80

X. Earth as a School / 90

XI. Creative Thinking / 101

XII. Love and Happiness: The True Test / 109

XIII. Laws of the Spirit / 118

XIV. A New Research Program / 129

References (Footnotes) / 140

Bibliography / 143


1. Humility Theology Information Center / 153

2. Excerpt from Riches fm the Mind and Spirit / 154

3. Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation Humility Theology Information

Center / 156

4. Trustees and Members of the John Templeton Foundation / 163

5. John Templeton Foundation-Theology of Humility / 165

6. Recipients of The Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion / 170