The first Laws of Life essay competition was founded by Sir John Templeton in 1987 in Franklin, Tennessee, USA. He said, “This is what the Laws of Life Essay Contest is all about: offering young people an opportunity to reflect and write about their beliefs and principles, and then publicly recognizing them for affirming the values by which they want to live.” Over the years, the essay contest grew from Templeton’s hometown of Franklin to communities around the world, including The Bahamas.
In early 2008, the late Dr. John M. Templeton Jr. met with the former Minister of Education, Hon. Carl Bethel to discuss, among other things, his father, Sir John Templeton’s book, Worldwide Laws of Life, and how it could be used by the Ministry of Education. This led to the re-establishment of a successful and beneficial partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, with the annually anticipated Laws of Life Essay Competition now widely accepted as the country’s premier essay competition in public and independent schools across The Bahamas.
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Sir John Templeton wrote three books about the Laws of Life. Full of anecdotes and examples to illustrate the laws, these books may help inspire your own writing.
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Sir John Templeton
When Sir John passed away in 2008 at age 95, he was honored around the world with tributes that extolled his vision and the extraordinary breadth of his career. Today, his charitable contributions continue to engender dialogue between science and spirituality.
As both a groundbreaking philanthropist and legendary investor, Sir John Marks Templeton spent a lifetime dedicated to open-mindedness. Born on November 29, 1912, in Winchester, Tennessee, he graduated near the top of his class from Yale University (1934) and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he earned a law degree (1936).