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


The Unknown Yet Too Close

(Excerpts from Tomas Halík, Patience with God, Doubleday, New York – London, 2009, pp 113-121)

Several years ago extensive research was carried out into the value orientation of contemporary Europeans. One of its theological commentators wrote: “God is no longer a self-evident God and has become an alien, unknown God.” I reacted to it in a lecture, in which I asked myself and my listeners the question whether this does not represent a great and so far unused opportunity for Christianity. I recalled the well-known scene from the Acts of the Apostles of Paul’s sermon at the Areopagus in Athens ...