Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury One way in which the comprehensiveness of the Church of England, as a church both catholic and reformed, has been both represented and secured in recent times is by alternating Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic (or ‘Catholic Anglican’, as we sometimes say now) Archbishops of Canterbury. We trust that the Crown Nominations Commission (a commission of the General Synod) has selected the candidates on their overall merits, not merely because they came from a different stable to their predecessors. But it seems not unreasonable to suggest that one of the possible ‘merits’ to be taken into consideration is their ability to balance (or rebalance) the Church of England as a comprehensive church. Thus the current incumbent, Justin Welby (Evangelical), succeeded Rowan Williams (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded George Carey (Evangelical), who succeeded Robert Runcie (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Donald Coggan (Evangelical), who succeeded Michael Ramsey (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Geoffrey Fisher (Low Church, though not Evangelical), who succeeded Cosmo Lang (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Randall Davidson (High to Broad Church). Let me qualify this rather bald proposition about the alternating churchmanships of the archbishops in three ways. First, of course it is the churches of the Anglican Communion (thirty-eight ‘provinces’) that are properly described – http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesiology Brill

Archbishop of Canterbury

Ecclesiology, Volume 12 (3): 273 – Oct 13, 2016

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© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Editorial
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1744-1366
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1745-5316
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10.1163/17455316-01203002
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One way in which the comprehensiveness of the Church of England, as a church both catholic and reformed, has been both represented and secured in recent times is by alternating Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic (or ‘Catholic Anglican’, as we sometimes say now) Archbishops of Canterbury. We trust that the Crown Nominations Commission (a commission of the General Synod) has selected the candidates on their overall merits, not merely because they came from a different stable to their predecessors. But it seems not unreasonable to suggest that one of the possible ‘merits’ to be taken into consideration is their ability to balance (or rebalance) the Church of England as a comprehensive church. Thus the current incumbent, Justin Welby (Evangelical), succeeded Rowan Williams (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded George Carey (Evangelical), who succeeded Robert Runcie (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Donald Coggan (Evangelical), who succeeded Michael Ramsey (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Geoffrey Fisher (Low Church, though not Evangelical), who succeeded Cosmo Lang (Anglo-Catholic), who succeeded Randall Davidson (High to Broad Church). Let me qualify this rather bald proposition about the alternating churchmanships of the archbishops in three ways. First, of course it is the churches of the Anglican Communion (thirty-eight ‘provinces’) that are properly described –

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