Rowan Williams

(b. 1950) Welsh Anglican churchman and theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury since 2002

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(b. 1950).

Archbishop. Born in Swansea and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, Williams took an Oxford D.Phil in 1975. After working in Cambridge as a priest, he became Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford in 1986. From 1991 he was bishop of Monmouth, becoming archbishop of Wales in 1999 and archbishop of Canterbury in succession to George Carey in 2002. He has experienced difficulty in holding together diverse views in the Church on gay relationships and in 2008 provoked strong protests by suggesting that elements of Sharia law might be introduced. A learned man and a poet, he has sometimes seemed more confused than those to whom he is tendering advice.

Subjects: British History.

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