Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconciler - The by Andrew Atherstone

By Andrew Atherstone

whilst the hunt for a brand new Archbishop of Canterbury begun, Justin Welby were a bishop for under 4 and a part months. He had little media profile and infrequently figured within the early speculations approximately Rowan Williams’ successor. Welby claimed that it might be ‘a comic story’ and ‘perfectly absurd’ to nominate him simply because he had such little episcopal event. The Crown Nominations fee disagreed and in March 2013 he was once enthroned because the one hundred and fifth Archbishop of Canterbury. This, the 1st significant biography of Welby, seriously examines the phrases, activities and impression of his first 12 months as head of the Anglican Communion, together with his energetic political engagement and his tackling of debatable matters comparable to same-sex marriage, girls bishops and the emergence of GAFCON. Biographer Andrew Atherstone additionally analyses Welby’s theological, strategic and pastoral characteristics and, via wide archival study and interviews with the archbishop’s acquaintances and associates, offers in-depth money owed of his unsettled youth, the studies that stimulated his conversion to Christianity at Cambridge college, his profitable profession within the oil undefined, his own hyperlinks to Africa and his swift upward thrust during the ranks of the Church of britain. What emerges is a portrait of a world Christian chief deeply stimulated by means of gospel values, unafraid of probability and devoted to take on problems with department inside of either church and society. Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconciler is greater than two times the size of Atherstone’s 2013 biography, Archbishop Justin Welby: the line to Canterbury. It comprises 4 new chapters that study Welby’s first 12 months at Lambeth, sixteen pages of photos and contains a lot of the textual content of the sooner publication, considerably increased, revised and updated.

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