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April 05, 2013 AT 1:39 PM
Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town who fought against apartheid in South Africa, was named the 2013 Templeton Prize winner Thursday. What Tutu shows is that theology is not divorced from the world, says Hussein Rashid, an associate editor at Religion Dispatches. Religion can help us understand the world and engage with modernity. "We can start exploring ways in which theology, study of religion and activism are all interrelated and interconnected in order to build healthy and more resilient communities," Rashid said. The Templeton Prize comes with a $1.7 million award, is given annually by the John Templeton Foundation. Odyssey Networks in a non-profit media organization dedicated to building bridges of understanding between people of faith. VisitOdysseyNetworks.org to support our work and learn more.