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Temple, William

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Author(s): Thomas, Owen C.
William Temple (1881–1944) was one of the most distinguished archbishops of Canterbury of the past millennium. He was the first churchman since the Reformation to be a national leader and a world figure. His main distinction was that of a Christian leader and statesman, especially in the areas of social concern, the ecumenical movement, and Christian thought. He was a superb popular preacher and teacher. Although he published 37 books, he was more a thinker than a scholar; in the 20th century he put Christianity on the map for many. Temple was born in the Bishop’s Palace in Exeter an…