Archbishop Ramsey

The Shape of the Church

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Peter Webster
Archbishops of Canterbury
  • New York, NY: 
    Ashgate Publishing Company
    , April
     268 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Archbishop Michael Ramsey’s archiepiscopate from 1961 to 1974 saw profound renegotiations of the relationship of the Church of England with its own flock, with the nation more widely, with the Anglican church worldwide, and with the other Christian churches. Drawing from unique source material in the Lambeth Palace Library archives and reproducing many original writings of Ramsey for the first time, this book explores key questions which surround Ramsey’s tenure. How did Ramsey react to the rapid hollowing-out of the regular constituency of the church whilst at the same time seeing sweeping changes in the manner in which the church tried to minister to those members? What was his role in the widening of the church's global vision, and the growing porousness of its borders with other denominations? And how did the nature of the role of archbishop as figurehead change in this period?

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Peter Webster is an independent scholar and managing director of Webster Research and Consulting.



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