Tomáš Halík, a philosopher, sociologist and theologian, is the recipient of the 2010 Romano Guardini Prize of the Catholic Academy in Bavaria, Germany. He is awarded for „outstanding merits in interpreting contemporary society.“ This European prize is granted every other year and was already given to Werner Heisenberg, a physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Richard von Weiszäcker, German President, Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar, theologians, Karl Orff and Krysztof Penderecki, composers, Cardinal Franz König and others in the past. The prize will be delivered on the 27th September in Munich (in honor to R. Guardini who died in Munich), laudatio will be presented by Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg, a Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Professor Tomáš Halík will deliver a speech on “The power over power” during the ceremony. Prof. PhDr. Tomáš Halík Th.D. (1948) teaches philosophy and sociology of religion at Charles University in Prague; since 1990 he has been a President of Czech Christian Academy and has been involved in interfaith relations.
Halík was an active member of religious and cultural dissent during Communism, after 1989 has lectured at a number of universities and international institutions around the world. His books are published in English, German, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Slovenian. Most recently a Chinese edition is being prepared. In 1992, Pope John Paul II. appointed him advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers and in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the title of Monsignor - Honorary Prelate of His Holiness. Halík is a member of many institutions, such as the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and was awarded with various prizes worldwide.
Tomáš Halík is a contributor to Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity.