Lucy Kellaway—Lunch with the FT: (Archbishop of Canterbury) Justin Welby

Posted by Kendall Harmon

One problem...[Justin Welby] faces is that God isn’t really very popular. According to one recent survey, God is less trusted than Google.

“I saw that. I was very grumpy about it. Google always gives me the wrong answer. They’re actually out to make money out of us. I’m not.”

Welby is trying to build trust in a way that has fallen out of fashion in the Church of England: through his own belief in God. When I ask point blank if he really and truly thinks that Mary was a virgin and that Christ actually rose from the dead, he puts down his fork and replies simply: “Yes.”

I must be looking doubtful as he goes on: “Is that clear? I can say the Creed without crossing my fingers.”

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Posted May 11, 2013 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. paradoxymoron wrote:

Google may not be the best example, what with their hypocritical “don’t be evil,” while carrying water for Chinese persecution of dissidents, but at least they’re forthcoming about their pursuit of profit, whereas Welby is full of all kinds of nonsense about redistribution of wealth and “corporate responsibility” in opposition to free market enterprise. He sems to think himself the Labor Minister of Religion.

May 12, 5:03 pm | [comment link]
2. Teatime2 wrote:

Um, what exactly is wrong with corporate responsibility? As we have seen, unfortunately, unless there are real penalties that make them hemorrhage, corporations WILL pay as little as possible and put “the little people’s lives” at unacceptable risk to make the biggest profits possible. Capitalism or “free market enterprise” doesn’t have a built-in conscience.

May 12, 11:40 pm | [comment link]
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