Sir John Marks Templeton
& The Judas Award
John Marks Templeton was born in 1912 in the Tennessee town of Winchester. He got a scholarship to Yale and from there he became a Rhodes Scholar, an Oxford graduate and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was knighted in 1987, by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1972, global investor Sir John Marks Templeton, created the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. The award, currently valued at 700,000 pounds sterling, more than one million dollars, is the world's largest annual monetary award. The amount of the Templeton Prize is adjusted as needed each year so that it always exceeds the current value of the Nobel Prizes.
Templeton is an evolutionist who follows the teachings of Jesuit paleontologist and mystic Teilhard de Chardin, known as "the father of the New Age". Quoting Teilhard de Chardin, Templeton states that:
"... there came first the sphere of mineral evolution, the geosphere; then the sphere of living things, the biosphere; and lastly the sphere of the human mind, the noosphere.... [T]he human mind is so potent... that no one knows what may happen next. Evolution is accelerating...."
Teilhard called for a new Theology.. a new Religion. Templeton believes that the,
"next stage of human divine progress on the evolutionary scale needs... geniuses of the spirit, blazing trails for the rest of us to follow. To encourage progress of this kind, we have established the Templeton Foundation Prizes for Progress in Religion."
Templeton has formed a religious research center called the Humility Theology Information Center for the development of "progress in religious thinking" (The Humble Approach, 1981, revised in 1995, p.130). What he hopes will come out of this center is a ecumenal one world church, a new spirituality that transcends all faiths:
"[N]ew research presently has as its focus the development of... spiritual truth [to be] accepted worldwide regardless of the culture or... religions of any geographical or ethnic area...
I am hoping we can develop a body of knowledge about God that doesn't rely on ancient revelations or scripture... that is scientific... and is not disputed because of divisions between religions or churches or ancient scripture or liturgy....
The main purpose of the Templeton Foundations is to encourage enthusiasm for accelerating discovery and progress in spiritual matters...." (The Humble Approach, p.135-139)
Templeton believes that the world's scriptures....
"were written... [by] men whose minds were limited by cosmologies long since discredited" (The Humble Approach, p.61)
...and that the Bible does not accurately record the words of Christ, because those who reported them...
"could write down only what they understood... [as] ignorant and primitive... Jews." (The Humble Approach, p.39-40).
This is contrary to what the Bible teaches us: Every word in the Bible "is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tm 3:16), and, "holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Pt 1:21). Even though Templeton openly rejects the Bible as the unique Word of God, he served on the Board of Managers of the American Bible Society for fifteen years (The Humble Approach, p,137) and on the Board of Princeton Theological Seminary (Discovering the Laws of Life, jacket)
According to Templeton, only pride would suggest that Christianity is the one true faith, and when people take a "humble attitude, they welcome new ideas about the spirit just as they welcome new scientific ideas.... Humility opens the door to the realms of the spirit, and to research and progress in religion" (The Humble Approach, p.2-3) and "is the key to progress" (The Humble Approach, p.3).
"The truly humble should be so open-minded that they welcome religious views from any place in the universe that is peopled with intelligent life. Seekers following the humble approach... never... reject ideas from other nations, religions, or eras... the humble approach to theology is ongoing and constantly evolving....
In fact, at the heart of true religion is the willingness to see truths in other religions. The Persian scriptures claim, "Whatever road I take joins the highway that leads to Thee.... Broad is the carpet God has spread...." (The Humble Approach, pp.35-36, 45)
Christ spoke of the broad road also, He said it led to "destruction" (Mt 7:13).
"No one should say that God can be reached by only one path. Such exclusiveness lacks humility.... New, freer, more imaginative and adaptable creeds will have to be devised in order that man's God-given mind and imagination can help to build the kingdom of heaven" (The Humble Approach, pp,46,55).
"[T]he basic principles for leading a 'sublime life'... may be derived from any religious tradition, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and others, as well as Christian" (Discovering the Laws of Life, 1994, p6-7).
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father [God], but by me" (Jn 14:6).
Templeton also praises two of today's worst anti-Christian cults: Unity School of Christianity and the Church of Religious Science, whose beliefs coincide with his. He commends them for viewing man as "an expanding idea in the mind of God," and for striving for "progress" in religion because, "as mind advances [evolves], the old forms [of religion] die..." (The Humble Approach, p60).
"[T]he doctrinal formulations of Christianity have changed and will change from age to age.... Christians think God appeared in Jesus of Nazareth two thousand years ago for our salvation and education. But we should not take it to mean that... progress stopped... that Jesus was the end of change.... To say that God cannot reveal Himself again in a decisive way [through other Messiahs]... seems sacrilegious.... "(The Humble Approach, pp48,53).
Templetons book, Discovering the Laws of Life (1994), is filled with anti-Christian and occult theories, yet was commended on the back cover of Christianity Today (4/24/94), including endorsements by Robert Schuller and Billy Graham. Christianity Today said (in large print) that the book, "WILL INSPIRE MILLIONS OF READERS." In reality, anyone who believes this book will be going to hell. On the jacket, Norman Vincent Peale called the anti-Christian Templeton, "the greatest layman of the Christian Church in our time". Billy Graham called him, "a legend in our time", and Robert Schuller says, "How greatful the world will be that John Templeton has shared his secret openly" See also Billy Graham Endorses New Age Occultist.
Templeton's heaven and Hell;
"[A]stronauts travel[ed] into outer space; and... they did not bring back any evidence of heaven... drills had penetrated the earth, they'd found oil, not hell, in the depths. The definitive descriptions of the afterlife we received as children called for some revision in the light of the scientific discoveries of the modern age.... Through our own choices and attitudes we create our own heaven or hell right here on earth" (Discovering the Laws of Life, p208).
"God is billions of stars in the Milky Way and He is much more.... Time and space and energy are all part of God.... God is five billion people on Earth.... God is untold billions of beings on planets of millions of other stars.... God is the only reality....
God is beginning to create His universe and allows each of His children to participate in some small ways in this creative evolution.... God is all of you and you are a little part of Him. (The Humble Approach, p37-38)"
Templeton obviously follows the god of this world who has "blinded the minds of them which believe not" (2 Cor 4:4). Templeton suggests, "Maybe one of the attributes of God is change" (The Humble Approach, p,52), but the God of the Bible declares, "For I am the LORD, I change not" (Mal 3:6). His gospel is unchanging, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever" (Heb 13:8), it is not subject to progressive development, and it does not join in an ecumenical relationship with the world's religions, but opposes them as devices of Satan. Anyone (such as Templeton) who preaches another gospel is "cursed" (Gal 1:6-8).
Templeton is an evolutionist, pantheist, universalist and occultist who rejects the gospel of Jesus Christ, and is hoping to promote all religions. To accept a huge monetary prize from this neopagan, is to accept and condone what he stands for.
There is no doubt what the Templeton prize stands for, and the implications of accepting it. Any Christian accepting this Judas prize is betraying Jesus Christ. It is a compromising denial of the faith, once for all delivered to the saints, which true Christians are commanded to proclaim and to defend at all cost. Here is a list of those who have accepted this pagan honor, among them Billy Graham (received the prize in 1982), Charles Colson (received the prize in 1993), and Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright (received the prize in 1996), these hyprocrites join Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu leaders, together with liberal theologians and atheists, who have received the prize as well, they are leading multitudes astray by their acceptance of this prize:
Templeton Prize Winners, 1973-1996 (Inauguration of the award in 1973)
1973 -- Mother Teresa
Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa believed that each person must believe in whatever "God" is in their mind, and desired to help Hindus become better Hindus, and Muslims become better Muslims.
1974 -- Brother Roger
Founder and Prior (director) of the Taize Community in France, and founded the Council of Youth, a youth outreach program dedicated to developing spiritual, non-materialistic values.
1975 -- Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
President of India from 1962-67, and an Oxford Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics. The writings of the late Sir Sarvepalli presented God as a universal reality of love and wisdom for all people, regardless of race or religious belief.
1976 -- Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens
As Archbishop of Malines-Brussles, Cardinal Suenens is considered a pioneer in the Charismatic Renewal Movement. When the current Charismatic movement gained popularity in the early 1970s, the Cardinal provided discourses on the movement, and offered guidance to followers.
1977 -- Chiara Lubich
Founder of Italy's Focolare Movement, an alternative to a cloistered existence for women who decided to become nuns. Her community in Trent, Italy, expanded to include men and married people. Then the movement set up communities in other Italian cities, followed by Focolare settlements in Belgium, Germany, France, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. She later became instrumental in an effort to bring Catholics and Protestants closer together.
1978 -- Professor Thomas F. Torrance
Former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Prof. Torrance is known for his thinking on the relationship between science and religion. He attempts to evidence God through scientific reasoning on the rationality of the universe.
1979 -- Rev. Nikkyo Niwano
Founder of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, and co-founder of the Buddhist group, Rissho Kosei-Kai in Japan. Rissho Kosei-Kai literally means "establishing the teaching of the true Law in the world, mutual exchange of thought among people of faith and the perfection of the personality."
1980 -- Professor Ralph Wendell Burhoe
Founder and former editor of Zygon, Journal of Religion and Science, Prof Burhoe is regarded as an informed voice on understanding the differences and similarities of theology and science. According to the Prize committee, Zygon, has provided a critical link between these two disciplines by offering a neutral ground for dialogue.
1981 -- Dame Cecily Saunders
The originator of the modem hospice movement in England, who allowed patients in her hospice to ' live out their lives in dignity.
1982 -- Rev. Dr. Billy Graham
Media celebrity and Evangelist known for his use of television and radio. Click here to find out more about this man.
1983 -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
One of the best known recipients of the Templeton Prize, Solzhenitsyn's struggle to speak and think freely under repressive Soviet regimes made him an international symbol of freedom of conscience.
1984 -- The Rev. Michael Bourdeaux
Founder of Keston College in England, Bourdeaux led a long, sometimes singular struggle to reveal the systematic destruction of religion in communist countries during the Cold War. He dedicated himself to defending the rights of all faiths in all Iron Curtain nations to freely worship as they choose.
1985 -- Sir Alister Hardy
Founder of the Sir Alister Hardy Research Centre at Oxford, England, the late Sir Alister gained prominence for applying scientific methods to the investigation of religious experience. Sir Alister spent his life attempting to show God's centrality in all parts of human existence, and gathering evidence indicating that religious experience is a vital part of the human makeup.
1986 -- Rev. Dr. James McCord
Chancellor of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and president for 26 years of the Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. McCord spent his professional life investigating the relationship between science and religion through his studies of the nature of reality. His Center of Theological Inquiry serves as a residence for scholars of science and theology to develop their thoughts and theories with each other and write books detailing their views.
1987 -- Rev. Professor Stanley L. Jaki
A Benedictine monk and professor of Astrophysics at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Fr. Jaki has authored more than two dozen books, providing guidance on questions of science and theology.
1988 -- Dr. Inamullah Khan
Founder and Secretary-General of the World Muslim Congress in Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Khan has worked to co-ordinate peace between Muslims, Christians and Jews.
1989 -- awarded jointly to: The Very Reverend Lord MacLeod Founder of the Iona Community, a monastic island off the west coast of Scotland. Lord MacLeod built a prayer-centered spiritual movement with over 100,000 friends of this ecumenical community worldwide.
and Professor Carl Friedrich von Weizsä
Known for his exploration of the inter-relationships of physics, cosmology, and theology, and investigating Christianity's obligation to technology.
1990 -- awarded jointly to: Baba Amte
A wealthy Hindu lawyer who has developed modern communities to help with the lepers and so-called untouchables of India. With hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, a bank, library, post office, and co-operative shops, his community has brought employment, education, health, and other services to citizens long denied dignity and compassion.
and Professor L. Charles Birch
As a research scholar at Oxford, Columbia, and the Universities of Chicago and Minnesota, and as visiting professor of genetics at the University of California at Berkeley and professor of biology at the University of Sydney, Birch has focused his educational career on exploring new paths into questions of science and faith. His studies in searching for spiritual meaning in the realms of specialized knowledge led to his appointment as the first natural scientist to address a World Council of Churches assembly.
1991 -- The Rt. Hon. Lord Jakobovits
Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991, Lord Jakobovits has spent over half a century as a spiritual leader. Author of the book, Jewish Medical Ethics, he is considered the founder of this discipline of thought. His promotion of religion has extended his authority far beyond the Jewish community. He won the prize for his interfaith work.
1992 -- Rev. Dr. Kyung-Chik Han
Founder of Seoul's 60,000-member Young Nak Presbyterian Church. His Young Nak Church, the world's largest Presbyterian congregation, has started over 500 churches in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including the 5,000-member Young Nak Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles.
1993 -- Mr.Charles W. Colson
Best known for his role in Watergate-related crimes, Colson, who once served as President Richard Nixon's Special Counsel, left politics to begin Prison Fellowship. The organization is the largest prison outreach program in the world. Operating a world-wide network of prison ministries in nearly 60 nations.
1994 -- Mr.Michael Novak
Michael Novak's is known for his insights into the spiritual foundations of economic and political systems. His book, The Spirit of democratic Capitalism, has influenced such diverse personalities as Pope John Paul 11, Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa, and Vaclav Havel.
1995 -- Prof. Paul Charles William Davies
A mathematical physicist, who contents that humanity's ability to understand math and science, and, thus, know and calculate the physical universe, evidences purpose and design to human existence. A phrase he wrote in 1983 typifies his approach to the issue: "Science offers a surer path to God than religion."
1996 -- Dr. William "Bill" R. Bright
President and founder Campus Crusade for Christ International.
1997 -- Pandurang Shastri Athavale
Founder and leader of a spiritual self-knowledge movement in India.
1998 -- Sir Sigmund Sternberg
Knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1976, Sternberg is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), and vice president of the World Congress of Faiths. He has dedicated himself to bringing Christians, Muslims and Jews together in inter- religious relations, establishing, with Sheikh Dr. Zaki Babawi, the Three Faiths Forum in 1997, and founding the Inter Faith Network (UK), in 1988, among the faith communities represented in the network are Baha'is, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.
Sternberg assisted in the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Pope and the State of Israel. In 1985, Sternberg was named a Knight Commander of the Pontifical and Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (KCSG), and in 1997, his wife was named Dame of the Pontifical Order of St. Sylvester, by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, for performance of special service of benefit to the Roman Catholic Church.
1999 -- Ian Graeme Barbour
Physicist and theologian, Ian Barbour, launched a book three decades ago called, Issues in Science and Religion, since then he has become one of the world's most forceful advocates for ethics in technology, calling for examination of the social and environmental impacts of technology.
2000 -- Freeman J. Dyson
Physicist, Freeman J. Dyson, was announced as the recipient of the 2000 Templeton Prize at a news conference at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York on March 22. H.R.H. Prince Philip awarded the prize to Dyson in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on May 9.
In nominating Dyson for the prize, Dwight E. Neuenschwander, professor of physics at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., said Dyson, "has written extensively on the meaning of science and its relation to other disciplines especially religion and ethics.... He is truly a man of a third culture that is in the making."
Dyson said, "[To] me, religion is a way of life, not a belief."
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