William Temple was one of the towering figures in the Church of England in the twentieth century. He was a philosopher, theologian, social reformer, bishop and archbishop. As Archbishop of Canterbury he guided a nation at war and helped pave the way of the new post-war society, coining the term â€˜the welfare stateâ€ and building support in the Church of England for radical social reforms.
This comprehensive volume draws on Templeâ€s extensive publications, broadcasts, public speeches, sermons and private letters and reflects the broad range of his concerns:
â€¢ The case for Christian belief
â€¢ The interface of theology and philosophy
â€¢ Spiritual formation of the faithful
â€¢ Christian social principles and political thought
â€¢ Guiding a nation at war and envisaging a new society
Prefaced by an extensive introduction to Templeâ€s life and times and an overview of the key aspects of his legacy, Stephen Spencer provides students with an authoritative guide to one of Anglicanismâ€s most influential figures.