​Doubting Thomas: UK Archbishop Unsure Of God’s Existence

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

​Doubting Thomas: UK Archbishop unsure of God’s existence (RT, Sep 18, 2014):

Britain’s’ most senior clergyman has said that thinking about global injustices has made him question the existence of God.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby admitted in front of a small public audience in Bristol that he ‘frequently asked’ whether God truly existed, and if “he should be doing something” about difficult situations.

Asked whether he ever doubted his belief by a BBC reporter, the Archbishop said that he did question Christianity at times.

“Yes. I do. In lots of different ways really. It’s a very good question. That means I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say. Yes I do,” he said.

He cited that his soul searching came during his runs around Lambeth Palace, where the Archbishop and his staff are based.

Welby, who represents more than 80 million Anglican Christians, told the audience that he sometimes asked God “…isn’t it about time you did something, if you’re there?”

The archbishop, however, brushed off any ideas that he may be giving up his faith in the future.

While he said that Christians would be unable to explain the problem of suffering, he affirmed the idea that God was present in both good and bad times.

It is not about feelings, it is about the fact that God is faithful and the extraordinary thing about being a Christian is that God is faithful when we are not,” he told the audience.

When asked what he does when life gets challenging, he told the audience: “I keep going and call to Jesus to help me, and he picks me up.”

Welby is the first archbishop to openly admit his questioning of the divine, in stark contrast with other religious figureheads in the Christian community.

The comments also come at a time when Christianity is declining at a rapid rate. According to the UK’s last census poll in 2011, the number of people identifying themselves as Christian fell by 4.1 million people – a decline of over 10 percent.

In contrast, the UK is experiencing a huge drive in the number of people identifying themselves as Muslim, particularly amongst young people. According to the census, around one in ten people identified themselves with the Islamic faith.

4 thoughts on “​Doubting Thomas: UK Archbishop Unsure Of God’s Existence

  1. Albert Einstein made a lot of mistakes, one was splitting the atom, and letting the fools know about it. That knowledge haunted him to his death.
    Oppenheimer, the inventor of the neutron bomb, committed suicide because he felt so guilty about the technology he gave the world…..he realized man was too primitive to do the right thing with such knowledge.
    When my 99 year old grandmother was dying, she had experienced so many strokes, nobody could understand what she said……except me. I was able to discern what she was saying. She was a Roman Catholic. She spoke and said to me, “I want to die, but I am so scared.”
    “Of what are you afraid?” I asked.
    “Because I have doubted God” she said.
    I laughed, and told her that is why God gave us intelligence and free will, we are supposed to wonder and ask.
    I said “Do you believe now?”
    She said “Oh, yes.”
    I said “Then, don’t worry, I promise you, it is all right.”
    She died a few days later.

    Einstein was an atheist most of his life, but came to the conclusion there had to be a higher intelligence, the universe is too orderly to have happened by accident.

    I don’t have any answers, but I raised my daughter in the Church of England because I liked the fact priests could be human, they could marry, divorce…..live as humans, not God’s image on earth.
    I like this man, his forthrightness in this matter shows me he is a man who isn’t ashamed to admit his humanity. I prefer him to Evil Benedict any day……

  2. I’m impressed Marilyn.

    I too was brought up CofE, but was rejected as I asked too many questions.

    I brought both my kids up to make up their own minds.

    I really hope there is a God, because we really need hi now to cleanse us of the jews.

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