In a statement that most Christians around the world will view as appalling and sacrilegious, the Archbishop of Canterbury -- Britain's most senior church leader, and the head of 80 million Anglicans (called Episcopalians in the U.S.) worldwide -- has admitted he doubts that God exists, The Daily Beast website reports today (September 20, 2014).
"I mean there are moments, sure, where you think, 'Is there a God?' 'Where is God?'" Justin Welby said during an interview at Bristol Cathedral.
Welby also admitted he couldn't explain suffering. Why does God allow so many people to suffer?
But Welby's pragmatism and apparent decency stand for (at least in the United Kingdom) a non-extreme Church, in tune with the socially progressive, tolerant, and embracing country into which the UK has transformed.