It's just been made official that Charles Taylor is the winner of the 2007 Templeton Award, which is "intended to encourage the concept that resources and manpower are needed to accelerate progress in spiritual discoveries." The award, given by the John Templeton Foundation, is valued at approximately $1.5 million, making it the largest annual monetary award given to an individual.
It's shaping up to be a good year for Taylor. In addition to winning the Templeton Prize, he's set to publish, with HUP, what is likely to become the definitive account of secularization in the modern world. The book, titled A Secular Age, is scheduled for publication in September.