By Andrew Atherstone

whilst the quest for a brand new Archbishop of Canterbury started, Justin Welby were a bishop for under 4 and a part months. He had little media profile and rarely figured within the early speculations approximately Rowan Williams’ successor. Welby claimed that it might be ‘a shaggy dog story’ and ‘perfectly absurd’ to nominate him simply because he had such little episcopal adventure. The Crown Nominations fee disagreed and in March 2013 he used to be enthroned because the a hundred and fifth Archbishop of Canterbury. This, the 1st significant biography of Welby, seriously examines the phrases, activities and influence of his first yr as head of the Anglican Communion, together with his energetic political engagement and his tackling of arguable concerns reminiscent of same-sex marriage, ladies bishops and the emergence of GAFCON. Biographer Andrew Atherstone additionally analyses Welby’s theological, strategic and pastoral characteristics and, via huge archival examine and interviews with the archbishop’s acquaintances and co-workers, offers in-depth bills of his unsettled adolescence, the reviews that motivated his conversion to Christianity at Cambridge collage, his winning profession within the oil undefined, his own hyperlinks to Africa and his quick upward thrust throughout the ranks of the Church of britain. What emerges is a portrait of a world Christian chief deeply influenced by way of gospel values, unafraid of possibility and dedicated to take on problems with department inside 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 includes 4 new chapters that learn Welby’s first 12 months at Lambeth, sixteen pages of photos and comprises a lot of the textual content of the sooner booklet, considerably multiplied, revised and updated.

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