What's BQO all about?

 Big Questions Online aims to explore Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality and to foster thoughtful discussion of those topics. We feature essays by leading thinkers and writers and invite you, the readers, to join in an author-led discussion.  After the discussion closes, authors will post follow-up remarks to address insights or new questions raised by the conversation.  Read the comment policy here.

Like earlier versions of Big Questions, we continue the focus on science, religion, markets, morals, and the dynamic intersection among them.  Big Questions Online is a publication of the John Templeton Foundation and, like the Foundation, we encourage civil, informed dialogue for the purposes of definitional clarity and new insights.

Because of our focus on dialogue, we encourage readers to participate in a conversation with the author. To keep the conversation current, there is a time limit on the discussion. A note on each essay will indicate the number of days left in the author-led discussion.

Please note that comments will be reviewed before they appear on the site. Read the comment policy, join the conversation and check the site often for new questions and essays, new comments, and analysis by the author.