Tomáš Halík has won this year's Templeton Prize on March 13.


I Want You to Be

(Extracts from Tomáš Halík’s book “Chci, abys byl”[I want you to be] , Prague 2012)

If we want to achieve a deeper understanding of the relationship between love and religion, and love and Christian belief, where should we direct our thoughts at this historical juncture? The word love – like the word God – is a typically polysemantic expression, it would be hard to find two other words in the language that mean such different things to different people. Love means self-transcendence. And what is more radical than to abandon self-absorption – which is particularly pronounced nowadays – in favour of an “absolute ...