Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Moses ‘n’ Templeton

I may have published this before, as it’s an oldie (but a goodie). And the Jesus and Mo artist republished this classic today.


From Templeton’s site:

Picture 1 Picture 3The Templeton Prize is the equivalent of  $1.8 million (US), while the Nobel Prize (which can be divided three ways) is the equivalent of $1.2 million dollars.  The Templeton Prize is deliberately designed to bestow more money than the Nobel.

h/t: Ant, Linda Grilli


  1. john matthews
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    all of a sudden im feeling very accommodationisty

  2. gbjames
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:48 am | Permalink


    • francis
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:52 am | Permalink


      • Diane G.
        Posted February 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink


  3. Jim Knight
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Ah, another example of religion and money payoffs going hand-in-hand…

  4. Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    ‘I’m thinking maybe theism’. Exactly on the spot.

  5. Posted February 26, 2014 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    “…made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension…”

    Holy confirmation bias, Batman! Only an idiot would assume the conclusion he’s trying to conclude! Do we have any Batlogic we can spray them with?


    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink

      Sorry, my Batcan ran out, one creationist too many.

      But I hear there is a cell for them in Arkham Asylum.

    • eric
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      Yup, doesn’t that affirming say it all? Like the Ham-Nye debate question about evidence, sometimes the theists themselves give the best and clearest examples of their unscientific views. A scientist would give a prize for some greatly improved understanding, but theists give it for great affirmation.

  6. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    I’m sure I can accommodate that much money…

  7. Posted February 26, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Richard Dawkins once wrote of a conversation with Daniel Dennett, and the subject of the Templeton prize came up. Daniel said ‘Richard, if ever you fall upon hard times…’.

    • Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      We would not let Richard starve!

    • eric
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      The templeton people are pretty good at smelling a sham proposal (meaning someone only pretending to look for consilience to get their money). They jumped off the ID bandwagon almost before it was a movement. Given Dawkins’ well publicized positions, his books, etc… I doubt there is anything he could say to them that would convince them to give him funding. They pretty much know that any dollar going to Dawkins is going to be a dollar used against their goal, no matter what the proposal might say.

      • Posted February 26, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        In case it needs to be said, I am sure it was a joke!

      • Kevin
        Posted February 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

        The good news is the cat is out of the bag: everyone who is anyone knows what Templeton is about. And if you accept money, there are repercussions that can no longer be ignored. Reminds me that I need to send the foundation my annual email outlining the biased and often manufactured prerogatives they promote in scientists.

  8. Posted February 26, 2014 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    This reminds me Michael Ruse defended Templeton a few years ago
    & he is giving a talk on his recent book about Gaia on Monday 3rd in UCL’s Grant Museum. I will go…

  9. gluonspring
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Sure is expensive defending a temple the gods would not save (ht Borges).

  10. Timothy Hughbanks
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    We really should make the fact that Templetons pay more than Nobels a point for mocking the former. I’m thinking a giant xkcd poster in which physics, chemistry, and medicine Nobels are listed along with a pithy statement of the impact they’ve had. On the other side of the ledger, the Templetons are listed …

  11. Ian Belson
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Maybe Sam Harris will win it with his next book?

    • nilou ataie
      Posted February 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      It’s not for that kind of spirituality I would bet.

  12. exsumper
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    One could definitely say The “Templeton Prize”, its founder and financial backers lack “Nobelity” sic

  13. Lurker111
    Posted February 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    At some time in the past, the artist behind Jesus & Mo devised better noses for his characters. The reused older comics reflect this improvement.

  14. uglicoyote
    Posted February 27, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Road.

  15. Yiam Cross
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Hey, I’d sell my soul to Templeton for 1.1 mil. And the best bit is how screwed they’d be because there’s no such thing as a soul! Mwaaa ha ha ha.. Don’t publish that, it might hurt my chances of winning.

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