By: Jesse Jost
He was a man passionate for God. After his conversion dramatically changed the course of his life, Charles poured his life into evangelism. He became close friends with Billy Graham and they hit the spotlight almost simultaneously. Their sincerity and fervent, yet thoughtful invitations to Christ were an effective combination. Charles’ success continued into his thirties. A sought-after speaker with a degree from Princeton Seminary and an able debater with a very compelling personality, he persuaded many to go to the mission field or to attend seminary. He also hosted a weekly show on CBS and was a rising star in the Presbyterian denomination. If you were looking for a hero of the faith, Charles Templeton was your man.
Despite his outward fervor and success, Charles was haunted by intellectual doubts about his faith. He simply could not reconcile what the Bible had to say with his own intuition and the “facts” of history and science. Charlesjudged the God of the Old Testament as a “petty, jealous, inept, vindictive, unjust, tribal god.” After years of struggle, Charles simply abandoned Christianity.