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Charles Bradley Templeton (October 7 1915June 7 2001) was a Canadianmarker cartoonist, evangelist, agnostic, politician, newspaper editor, inventor, broadcaster and author.


At age 17, during the Great Depression, Chuck Templeton (as he was then known) got his first job as a sports cartoonist for The Globe and Mail.

Promoter of Christian belief

In 1936, Templeton converted to Christianity and became an evangelist. In 1941, Templeton founded the Avenue Road Church of the Nazarenemarker, in Torontomarker, in a building that formerly housed a Presbyterian congregation, where he served as senior pastor despite his lack of formal theological training. The Avenue Road Church of the Nazarene congregation eventually became affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, and its name was changed to Bayview Glen Church. Bayview Glen has since moved from that location, and the building currently houses a Hare Krishna group, which deliberately misrepresented itself when buying the building.

Co-founder of Youth for Christ International

In 1945 Templeton and Torrey Johnson of Chicago, Illinoismarker met with a number of youth leaders from around the United States at Winona Lake, Indianamarker. Their agenda was to form a working group that would become an organization known as Youth for Christ International which was born in 1946. Torrey Johnson was elected as its first president and Billy Graham was hired as the first full-time evangelist. Shortly afterward, Graham and Templeton made an evangelistic tour of western Europe, frequently rooming together, and holding crusades in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden, among other countries.


At one time the United Church of Canada heartily endorsed Templeton's evangelism, but came to feel a degree of discomfort with mass evangelistic crusades as its own evangelical Protestantism began to settle into a theologically and socially more liberal stream. In 1948, Templeton attended Princeton Theological Seminarymarker. At his peak, Templeton hosted a weekly religious television show on CBS, Look Up and Live, in the early 1950s. In 1957, after a long struggle with doubt, Templeton declared himself an agnostic. His public pronouncement of his loss of faith caused a deep backlash from the evangelical community.


Returning to Canada, Templeton became a broadcaster hosting public affairs programming on CBC Television. In the 1960s he was hired as editorial page editor of The Toronto Star and then made a leap into politics running for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in 1964 placing second to Andy Thompson at the 1964 leadership convention. During the campaign Templeton ran in a Toronto by-election in an attempt to strengthen his campaign for leader by winning a seat in the Ontario legislature but he was defeated by NDP candidate Jim Renwick.

Thompson resigned as Liberal leader in November 1966 and Templeton was suggested as his possible successor by interim leader Robert Nixon. However, Elmer Sopha, who had been the only member of caucus to support Templeton in 1964, came out publicly and vociferously against this option. Templeton announced he would not again be a candidate for the Liberal leadership because of the opposition of members of the party caucus. Nixon was acclaimed party leader in January 1967.


Following his unsuccessful political career, Templeton tried his hand as an advertising executive before returning to journalism first as editor of Maclean's Magazine and then as a newscaster for CTV. During his tenure at CTV News, Templeton mentored many of the next generation of news executives who led local network affiliates to ratings dominance, such as Ted Stuebing and Wayne Dayton.

Broadcast commentator

Templeton began a long time collaboration with Pierre Berton co-hosting a daily radio show in which the two would debate the issues of the day. Dialogue would be on the air for 18 years starting on CFRBmarker in 1966 and then moving to CKEY in 1970 where Templeton was also hired as the morning newscaster.


Templeton's book The Kidnapping of the President was made into a feature film; Act of God, The Third Temptation and The Queen's Secret were among his other bestselling novels. He also wrote Jesus: A Bible in Modern English (1973) which is a selection of sayings by Jesus. In 1982, he wrote his Anecdotal Memoir, which includes this description of Reverend Billy Graham: "there is no feigning in him: he believes what he believes with an invincible innocence. He is the only mass evangelist I would trust."[83653] In 1995, Templeton described his eventual rejection of his faith in his final published work, Farewell to God : my reasons for rejecting the Christian faith.[83654] He was interviewed by Lee Strobel in Strobel's non-fiction work, The Case for Faith.


Templeton was the father (with Sylvia Murphy) of four children: Ty Templeton, a well-known comic book artist; Brad Templeton, founder of ClariNet Communications; Deborah Burgess, a TV host and director;[83655] and Michael Templeton, a tax attorney.[83656] He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the latter part of the 1990s and died from complications of the disease in 2001.


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