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April 4th, 2013
12:51 AM ET

Tutu wins Templeton Prize

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN)–
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Anglican cleric who played a key role in ending apartheid in South Africa, is the winner of the 2013 Templeton Prize, the foundation that awards the prize announced Thursday.

The Templeton Prize "honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works," the John Templeton Foundation says on its website.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the son of a schoolteacher and a domestic servant, was ordained a priest in 1961.

In 1975, he became the first black priest appointed Anglican dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg.

He became bishop of Lesotho the following year, and in 1978 he was named the first black secretary general of the interdenominational South African Council of Churches.

Tutu, now 81, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end and heal the wounds of apartheid, South Africa's system of institutionalized racial segregation.

South African President Nelson Mandela appointed him to lead South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The affable icon served as Archbishop of Cape Town - overseeing the church throughout South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho - from 1986 until his retirement in 1996. He retired from public life in 2010.

He is the founder of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust and a member of The Elders, a group of elder statesmen from around the world who work to solve global problems.

Other members of the group include Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson and Mohammed Yunus.

Tutu was successfully treated in the United States for prostate cancer in 1997.

He has served as a visiting professor at Emory University in Atlanta and Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

President Barack Obama awarded Tutu the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation awarded him a $1 million prize for "his lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power."

Sir John Templeton was a Tennessee-born Rhodes Scholar who made billions on Wall Street.

He was a pioneer in mutual funds, establishing the Templeton Growth Fund in 1954.

He established the Templeton Prize in 1972, seeking to encourage exploration of spiritual ideas, particularly as they relate to science.

"I grew up as a Presbyterian," he once told an interviewer, according to his foundation. "Presbyterians thought the Methodists were wrong. Catholics thought all Protestants were wrong. The Jews thought the Christians were wrong.

"So, what I'm financing is humility. I want people to realize that you shouldn't think you know it all."

To emphasize the importance of spirituality, Templeton insisted that the monetary award for his foundation's prize - currently 1.1 million British pounds, or $1,656,402 - always exceed that of the Nobel Prize ($1.2 million in 2012).

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Templeton Prize last year.

Previous honorees include Mother Teresa in 1973, the first year it was awarded, evangelist Billy Graham (1982), author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1983), and physicist Freeman Dyson (2000).

- CNN

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  1. Steve Finnell

    DENYING THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER!

    When men deny the truth found in the Scriptures; they are denying the words of God the Father. When men deny the truth spoken by Jesus; they are denying the words of God the Father. When men deny the doctrine of the apostles; they are denying the words of God the Father.

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    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,(NKJV)

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    All of the apostles doctrine was from God the Father. Why was that? Because Jesus taught the apostles and all of the words of Jesus were from God the Father.

    John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.(NKJV)

    John 16:13-14 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

    All the teaching from the Holy Spirit came from Jesus and all the words of Jesus came from God the Father.

    There are no Scriptures that declare that church creed books, (catechisms) or any other extra-Biblical writings are that of God the Father. Remember; all Scripture is inspired by God. Creed books are not Scripture. No extra-Biblical writing is Scripture.

    HOW DO MEN DENY THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER?

    1. When men claim there is more than one God; they are denying the words of God the Father.

    Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.(NKJV)

    2. When men declare that Jesus did not say water baptism precedes salvation; they are denying the words of God the Father.

    Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

    3. When men say that Christians cannot fall from grace; they denying the words of God the Father.

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    • Hey There

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    Apr. 25, 2013 — A strange stellar pair nearly 7,000 light-years from Earth has provided physicists with a unique cosmic laboratory for studying the nature of gravity. The extremely strong gravity of a massive neutron star in orbit with a companion white dwarf star puts competing theories of gravity to a test more stringent than any available before

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    Apr. 24, 2013 — Scientists have long believed that lava erupted from certain oceanic volcanoes contains materials from the early Earth's crust. But decisive evidence for this phenomenon has proven elusive. New research from a team including Carnegie's Erik Hauri demonstrates that oceanic volcanic rocks contain samples of recycled crust dating back to the Archean era 2.5 billion years ago. Their work is published in Nature.

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    Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
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    By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor The concept of heaven or any kind of afterlife is a "fairy story," famed British scientist Stephen Hawking said in a newspaper interview this week. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when...

    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/17/heaven-is-a-fairy-story-scientist-stephen-hawking-says/

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    The Jesus debate: Man vs. myth

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    Breaking News

    NASA: Three planets found are some of best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our solar system.

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    May 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
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