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The biography of the "Wizard of Wall Street" who has dedicated his life to advancing the scientific study of spiritual realities has been revised and updated. Sir John Templeton was an inspiring and motivational force both through his personal example and through the foundation that bears his name and is dedicated to his mission.
This volume reviews the life of this man of vision, from his childhood in rural Tennessee, to his education at Yale and Oxford, to his legendary years on Wall Street, the birth of his children, and the development and growth of "humility theology science." Interwoven with the stories and facts are the roots of his faith and the values that he credits for his financial success and are the catalyst for his lifelong mission.
Sir John's biography updates the growth of the many and varied programs of the John Templeton Foundation that support this mission. It also introduces some of the scientists, theologians, philosophers, writers, and fellow investors who now serve as staff and advisors to the John Templeton Foundation, striving toward Sir John's goal of one-hundred-fold more spiritual information gained through the application of scientific methodology and analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932031683
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert L. Herrmann taught medical school biochemistry for twenty-two years, first at Boston University and later at Oral Roberts University. At the latter he directed a nation-wide recruitment program for medical and dental school faculty interested in a high level Christian mission-oriented teaching program. In 1981 he left medical education to become executive director of the American Scientific Affiliation, a 2,200-member society of Christians interested in integrating Christian faith and science. There he met member John Templeton, and they have since cooperated in writing several books, including The God Who Would Be Known and Is God the Only Reality? In 1998 he wrote Sir John's biography, and a revised edition in 2004. Dr. Herrmann is also a founding member of the John Templeton Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 3
Part I The Benefits of Investing in Humility Theology Science 15
1. An Investment in Scientific Research for More Spiritual Knowledge 17
The human evolutionary pilgrimage
Acceleration of spiritual research
Awe at the size and intricacy of the universe
The human ego
The humble approach to comprehending more about God
How little we know, how eager we are to learn
Benefits from a new field of science, humility theology science
2. Research on Spiritual Characteristics 29
Testing the laws of the spirit
Universal principles of the spirit
Love hoarded dwindles, love given grows
It is better to give than receive
Self-centeredness leads to lonelines
To be forgiven we must first forgive
Thanksgiving opens the door to spiritual growth
3. Research in the Sciences 41
Applying rigorous methodology to investigate deeper reality
Research at the limits of science
Scientists testing theological and philosophical questions
Paul Davies on mysticism
Research on purpose in the universe
Research on human creativity
4. Research on the Role of Spirituality in Medicine 51
Is religion the forgotten factor in medicine?
Contrasting religious attitudes of patients and health-care providers
Attitudes of medical scientists
Changing the attitudes of medical educators
New research opportunities
5. A Call to Humility 65
Theology is often resistant to new ideas
Science is providing empirical and scholarly approaches to new ideas
Prizes for papers in humility theology
The Progress in Theology newsletter
Who's Who in Theology and Science
6. Discovering the "Laws of Life" 73
A high school essay program
Finding direction for life in rural Tennessee
How John Templeton's parents influenced him
The Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges
Future plans for academic courses emphasizing spiritual "Laws of Life"
Discovering the "Laws of Life"
7. Bringing Science and Religion Together on Campus 83
The gap between science and religion
The openness of scientists
New scientific developments of significance for theology
The science and religion course program
Part II The Making of a World-Class Investor 93
8. The Winchester Years 95
A trip through Winchester
John's parents and grandparents
Reminiscing with John's brother
A remarkable upbringing
Educational trips
Marriage to Irene Butler
Eight weeks in Europe in a Volkswagen bus
John's mother's spiritual influence
9. Reaching Out: Yale, Oxford, and across the World 109
Selling magazines to raise money for college
Studying economics at Yale
Attending Oxford as a Rhodes scholar
Founding Templeton Foundation College at Oxford years later
A post-graduation around-the-world tour
A brush with death in Palestine
Marriage to Judith Dudley Folk
10. The Growth Years 123
The early investment years
The principles of thrift and bargain hunting
The typewriter principle
The birth of John's three children
Church and community activities
Dudley's accidental death
Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary
Young Presidents Organization
The Templeton Growth Fund
11. Investing with John Templeton 133
The Templeton investment philosophy
The principle of maximum pessimism
The move to the Bahamas
John's commitment to prayer and double tithing
The rise to international prominence
John Galbraith and Mark Holowesko
The sale to Franklin Resources, Inc.
12. The Templeton Prize 147
A program to revitalize religion
Selection of judges
Some early recipients
Recent winners: Paul Davies, Freeman Dyson, Arthur Peacocke, John Polkinghorne, Holmes Rolston III, and George F. R. Ellis
13. The John Templeton Foundation 161
The first officers and trustees
Early projects and publications
The bylaws and a Theology of Humility
Early advisors and the Humility Theology Information Center
14. Honors for Sir John Templeton 167
Princeton Seminary retirement ceremony
Knighted in 1987
Templeton College at Oxford
Royal Society of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Benjamin Franklin Medal
Restoration of Westminster Abbey
1992 Festschrift with foreword by Prince Philip
15. The Growth of the Vision 177
The staff of the John Templeton Foundation
The advisory board of the Humility Theology Information Center
Main objectives of the John Templeton Foundation
Researching creativity, purpose, the "Laws of Life," and spiritual benefits to health and character building
Cosmology and fine tuning
Biology of purpose
Deeper Reality program
Forgiveness research
Research on unlimited love
Science and the spiritual quest
Humble approach initiative
International Society for Science and Religion Metanexus
Visions of freedom
Templeton Foundation Press
Extending spirit of humility to all religions
16. Conclusion 219
A Awards, Accomplishments, and Career of John Marks Templeton 223
B Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation 231
C Trustees and Members of the John Templeton Foundation 257
D Recipients of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion 259
E Examples of Programs of the John Templeton Foundation 263
F Examples of Symposia Funded by the John Templeton Foundation 273
G Books of Advisory Board Members Published by Templeton Foundation Press 276
H 1999 Science and Religion Course Competition and Workshops 279
I 1999 Call for Exemplary Papers in Humility Theology 280
J Two Hundred Spiritual Principles from Wisdom from World Religions 281
K Statement on Humility Theology 294
L Humility Theology Questions 297
Notes 305
Index 309
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    Posted May 14, 2007

    Astounding and Uplifting approach to spirituality

    As a person thinks, so is that person' 'Happiness and success result from thought control' Learn the Laws of life, and you will be happy. These are words from the book... A wonderful introduction into what is happening in the world of science and spirituality, and how Sir John interprets not only the words of Christ, but suggests we teach our youth about The Laws of Life. Great reading.

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