Religion: The 100th Canterbury

Of 53 million people in Britain, more than 27 million have been baptized in the Church of England, but fewer than 10 million have been confirmed, and fewer than 3,000,000 are registered on parish rolls. If these facts might seem to argue that the church should win back its flock, the newest Archbishop of Canterbury, on his enthronement last week, made no sign that he will attempt to spoon-feed religion or pretend that Christianity is another kind of tranquilizer. Arthur Michael Ramsey, a man with a single-minded devotion to God,* made clear that it is up to the people to come...

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