Heather Hastie’s “Science and religion” essay contest

Over at Heather’s Homilies, Heather Hastie, prop., has set up an essay competition deriving from the Templeton-sponsored “religion and science are BFFs” essay contest I posted about the other day.  Read the whole post and the contest’s rationale at her site, but here are the rules:

There are two categories, and you can enter both if you wish.

1. Sokal-type Essay
Write an essay of an experience that led to a “personal” epiphany of the “undeniable” link between religion and science.

2. Anti-Accommodationist Essay
Write an essay expressing clear and concise arguments to use in opposition to the proposition that religion and science are compatible.

Entries can be up to 1500 words. There is no minimum word limit.

Closing Date for Entries
Sunday 2 October. Best entries will be posted soon after.

As she said, the winning essays will be published on her site, and although there aren’t monetary prizes, you could always submit it to the Templeton competition, which has a $10,000 first prize.

The essays are supposed to be submitted to me, as Heather wants her email address to remain private, so if you write one, send it to yours truly. You know how to find me.


  1. Posted August 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm | Permalink



    Carl Kruse

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Somehow I think that Heather’s fingertips (other body parts are probably available in some sense, though we only have indirect evidence of her fingertips, striking key-caps) would burst into hypergolic flame on contact with Templeton money.

    • Posted August 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      What Jerry means is that Heather’s contest is inspired by a separate, Templeton-sponsored contest. Heather’s contest has no real connection to Templeton.

    • Posted August 31, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      It would appear I opened my mouth before gathering all the salient facts. But still, why “sigh”?

  2. Posted August 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to Heather! I hope one of her Sokal essays wins the Templeton dough.

  3. Posted August 31, 2016 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I will create my submissions by gathering all of Sastra’s comments made here at WEIT.

    (Seriously, if she entered, she’d win.)

  4. Scott Wade
    Posted September 1, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    They want 20 dollars for a “read fee”. Go F yall selves for real. Some thing this important should trump the “reading fee”. Totally unbelievable!

  5. paul collier
    Posted September 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    1500 words? Are you sure that’s the maximum? Sounds more like the minimum.

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