About Archbishop Cranmer

His Grace portraitThomas Cranmer was the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He was the Archbishop who guided England through the early Reformation, and Henry VIII through the minefield of divorce. In prison, after Mary's accession, he nearly succumbed to recant his life's achievements, but was able to turn the very day of his death at the stake into a dramatic and unequivocal demonstration of his Protestant faith. Through political crises and tortuous theological negotiations, the name of Cranmer is embedded in the history of the Church and State. He was a hesitant hero with a tangled life story, but his legacy to the English Church and the English language is imperishable.

The Archbishop Cranmer blog was founded by Adrian Hilton on March 21st 2006, the 450th anniversary of Thomas Cranmer's martyrdom. It rapidly became one of the most popular political and highest-ranking religion blogs in the UK. Hilton took as his inspiration the words of Sir Humphrey Appleby: "It’s interesting that nowadays politicians want to talk about moral issues, and bishops want to talk politics." It is the fusion of the two in public life, and the necessity for a wider understanding of their complex symbiosis, which necessitates incisive and informed comment on what are often very sensitive issues. The blog adopts a Christian conservative and conservative Christian perspective, if not a Christian Conservative and Conservative Christian perspective (for there is [sadly] an ocean of disparity and a world of divergence between that 'c' and 'C'). The greatest conservatives are those who, as Edmund Burke would say, embody and combine "a disposition to preserve" with an "ability to improve". Hence this blog is in the Catholic and Reformed tradition, still wrestling occasionally with those same theological and ecclesiastical tensions which have busied us for centuries; and probing those same societal stresses and strains which have been the hallmark of Christian civilisation for two millennia.

In 2014, the blog moved to a new platform and took on a Deputy Editor - Gillan Scott, founder of the God & Politics in the UK blog. He observes: "Jesus constantly engaged with the society around him during his ministry. Sometimes he’d be teaching, sometimes demonstrating compassion and healing and sometimes he’d be meeting with those in political and religious leadership. He didn’t shy away from the issues of the day and he definitely wasn’t afraid to speak his mind highlighting hypocrisy, abuse of power and oppression.

"Can the same be said of the church today? There are plenty of Christian individuals and organisations doing just this, but Christians face a constant battle to make their voices heard amongst all the others in the public arena. God’s agenda for society is the best one. Those in positions of power need to be reminded of it and the Church needs to lead and live by example. The United Kingdom has a rich Christian heritage. Most of our laws and values are based on biblical principles. As our society continues to become increasingly secular, moral values inevitably erode to the detriment of everyone who lives in this country. At this time in our history it is crucial that the Church stands up and delivers God’s message even when it is counter cultural and likely to cause offence."

CofEAirOfSuperiorityAnd so this blog takes a Christian perspective – or it attempts to. And that perspective is viewed through the lens of the Church of England, not only because it is the Established Church in England. But, as former Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher observed: "The Anglican Communion has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning."

Some will demur, and they are free to do so. But it is that very liberty which, in part, defines and demonstrates the mission of the Church of England.  In the words of the Queen and our Supreme Governor: "The concept of our established Church is occasionally misunderstood and, I believe, commonly under-appreciated. Its role is not to defend Anglicanism to the exclusion of other religions. Instead, the Church has a duty to protect the free practice of all faiths in this country. It certainly provides an identity and spiritual dimension for its own many adherents. But also, gently and assuredly, the Church of England has created an environment for other faith communities and indeed people of no faith to live freely. Woven into the fabric of this country, the Church has helped to build a better society – more and more in active co-operation for the common good with those of other faiths."

Commenting Policy

Freedom of speech must be tolerated, and everyone living in the United Kingdom must accept that they may be insulted about their own beliefs, or indeed be offended, and that is something which they must simply endure, not least because some suffer fates far worse. Comments on articles are therefore unmoderated, but do not necessarily reflect the views of His Grace or any staff. Comments that are off-topic, gratuitously offensive, libelous, or otherwise irritating, may be summarily deleted. However, the fact that particular comments remain on any thread does not constitute any kind of endorsement; it may simply be that they constitute intelligent and erudite contributions to religio-political discourse...or not.

Cranmer's Law:

"It hath been found by experience that no matter how decent, intelligent or thoughtful the reasoning of a conservative may be, as an argument with a liberal is advanced, the probability of being accused of ‘bigotry’, ‘hatred’ or ‘intolerance’ approaches 1 (100%).”

Pete Broadbent

Bishop Pete Broadbent (2016)

"Cranmer nails it."
Xander Lucie-Smith

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith (2016)

"From Cranmer... excellent stuff."
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Giles Fraser (2016)

"The goodly @His_Grace urges Tory MPs to defy whip over genocide."
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Catholic Herald (2016)

"The various twists and turns of the recent history of the Anglican Communion have been chronicled by others... For a…
Christian Institute

Christian Institute (2015)

"Influential blogger Archbishop Cranmer added his voice to mounting criticism of the Government’s proposals to issue Extremism Disruption Orders to…
Stewart Jackson MP

Stewart Jackson MP (2015)

"Thought provoking and intelligent article by Cranmer - with which I totally agree."
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Austen Ivereigh (2015)

"A prophet speaks. You are warned."
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Brother Ivo (2015)

"Anyone who has read the Cranmer blog over the last ten years cannot fail to have been struck by the…
Times Diary

Times Diary (2015)

"Archbishop Cranmer, the religion blogger, writes that Baroness Widders would 'enhance the essential moral integrity and political credibility' of the…
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Guardian (2015)

"Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, made it clear in a tweet that he fully supported the programme, as well…
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Austen Ivereigh (2015)

"His Grace nails it, as per."
Ruth Gledhill 4

Christian Today (2015)

"The critique was welcomed by the influential Archbishop Cranmer blog.."
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The Times (2015)

"Gillian (sic) Scott, a writer for Archbishop Cranmer, a leading Anglican blog.."
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Anglican Mainstream (2015)

"Archbishop Cranmer has done us all a service in this well-researched blog pointing out that, in an attempt to show…
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Giles Fraser (2015)

"Cranmer is spot on."
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Eddie Arthur (2014)

"He is always interesting, sometimes infuriating and without a doubt, worth reading. His championing of the cause of persecuted Christians…
Dan Hannan 4

Dan Hannan (2014)

"It’s a bit of a shock to realise that this blog has now been going for seven years. In the…
Stephen Heard

Stephen Heard (2014)

"Read @His_Grace's sermon.. As always, considered, elegant and prophetic."
Spotters Guide2

Binley/Rotherham/Tebbit (2014)

"Further reading: ..the ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ blog coverage of Canon Andrew White’s astonishing work in Iraq"
Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips (2014)

"..the terrific Archbishop Cranmer blog"
Patrick Kidd

Patrick Kidd (2014)

"It was a lovely blog by @His_Grace.."
Baroness Berridge

Baroness Berridge

"His Grace is accurate as ever.."
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Lambeth Palace 2014

"The Archbishop of Canterbury requests the pleasure of the company of Archbishop Cranmer.."
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Pink News 2013

"Influential Christian blogger defends PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen against accusations of blasphemy"
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National Secular Society (2012)

"The NSS wants to announce its support for the Archbishop Cranmer blog. Although it disagrees with this blogger profoundly on…
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Theo 2012

"Archbishop Cranmer, the learned and witty blogger.."
Mundabor2

Mundabor 2012

"I do not often link to the page of a Protestant blog, but this time I really had to make…
Dr Peter Saunders

Peter Saunders 2012

"The inimitable Cranmer.."
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Cristina Odone

"..the brilliant blogger Archbishop Cranmer"
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Bishop Nick Baines (2011)

"Archbishop Cranmer is always worth reading."
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Katharine Birbalsingh 2011

"His Grace has shown me that strangers can show each other kindness and that those who disagree can find harmony…
Toby Young

Toby Young 2011

"Archbishop Cranmer has written a fantastic blog post today.."
Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray 2011

"The blogger Archbishop Cranmer has done some excellent work.."
Fr Tim Finigan

Fr Tim Finigan

"Archbishop Cranmer has written a robust response to the article which I commend to you."
CSM

CSM 2011

"Archbishop Cranmer writes from a Right-leaning perspective on matters of faith and politics. I often disagree with what he has…
SPUC2

SPUC 2011

"Leading UK Christian blogger.."
StandFirm

StandFirm 2011

"..the wonderful Cranmer's blog.."
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New Statesman

"Right-wing blogger pontificates on moral matters."
Top 10 Conservative 2011

Total Politics 2011

Voted #3 in 'Top 10 Conservative Bloggers' and #4 in 'Top 10 Right Wing Blogs'
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Lord Tebbit 2011

"..a point well made by Cranmer."
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David Blackburn 2011

"As so often where such matters are concerned, the worthy Archbishop sounds the drum for High Church Tories."
Rabbi Yehuda Hausman

Rabbi Yehuda Hausman 2011

"..one of the wittiest conservative thinkers out there, whether in the UK or the USA."
Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Jonathan Wynn-Jones

"...the Archbishop Cranmer blog, a leading Church website."
Charles Crawford

Charles Crawford 2011

"Archbishop Cranmer surpassed himself today with a gracious and thoughtful piece about the Royal Wedding, to the point of being…
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Pete Hoskin 2011

"Blogosphere favourite, Archbishop Cranmer.."
Lee Rotherham

Lee Rotherham 2011

"Cranmer is too much spot on in this whole argument. I think this is being ghost written by Burke."
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Ruth Gledhill 2011

"As Archbishop Cranmer defends the Church of England against its critics, (it raises) the question of why it needs a…
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David Thomson 2011

"For the uninitiated, Archbishop Cranmer has been resurrected as a Conservative-leaning Blogger of some fame. I by no means agree…
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Paul Goodman 2011

"Writing well, thinking originally and breaking stories are essential to a widely-read blog. Cranmer... observes the world as sharply and…
Platform10

Platform 10

'Blogosphere’s Best Thinking'
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National Review Online 2010

“Doubtless David Cameron will soon speak up to condemn this farce, but until he does there’s always Cranmer.”
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Richard North 2010

"Add the more restrained and mellifluous voices such as Cranmer and we have a considerable reach, all the more influential…
Top 20 Conservative 2010

Total Politics 2010

Voted #11 in 'Top 20 Conservative Blogs'
Top 300 2009

Total Politics 2009

Voted #12 in UK's 'Top 300 Political Blogs'
Tom Harris MP 2

Tom Harris MP 2009

“Archbishop Cranmer is a blog I’ve been reading more and more recently. His Grace is not only a very good…
Katharine Birbalsingh 8

Katharine Birbalsingh 2009

"I am writing to you because you should know that you have had quite an influence on my thinking. You…
Top 10 2009

Total Politics 2009

Voted #6 in 'Top 100 Conservative Blogs' and #9 in 'Top 100 Right of Centre Blogs'
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Tom Harris MP 2009

“There’s nothing wrong in promoting your own party to those of your own faith… Cranmer’s argument, naturally, is slightly more…
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Alan Wilson 2009

"I turned not to the Telegraph but to Cranmer for a genuinely perceptive, intelligent Conservative take."
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Nick Baines (2009)

"I was moved this morning to read Archbishop Cranmer's latest post.. The ‘community’ which Cranmer has created is not just…
Maggi Dawn

Maggi Dawn 2009

"Archbishop Cranmer is one of the best blogs around for discussion of religion and politics... It's on the conservative end…
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Mick Fealty 2009

"And His Grace, with his customary acuity, gets to the heart of a political conceit."
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Douglas Carswell 2009

"...one of my favourite blogs... His Grace provides an original and amusing take on the topics of the day. If…
Ruth Gledhill

Ruith Gledhill 2009

As a Muslim is appointed as the BBC’s Head of Religion, "Archbishop Cranmer has it about right."
Jeremy Rosen

Rabbi Jeremy Rosen 2009

"...if you want to see why, despite everything I have written, I have a very soft spot for the C…
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Bishop of Buckingham 2009

"Surely anyone fair-minded will agree with Archbishop Cranmer, who usually pitches around the phlegmatic end of the Conservative blogosphere."
Iain Dale

Iain Dale 2009

"His Grace is fluent and erudite and always entertaining whether or not you agree with some of his more dogmatic…
Mick Fealty

Mick Fealty 2008

"Cranmer was one of the first big Tory bloggers out of the blocks with the story…"
Top 100 2008

Total Politics 2008

Voted #6 in 'Top 100 Conservative Blogs'; #14 in 'Top 100 UK Political Blogs'; and #12 in 'Top 100 Right…
Cyberpresse

Mali Ilse Paquin 2008

"L’excellent blogueur sur la religion Cranmer..."
daniel hannan

Dan Hannan 2008

"Perhaps I might even, in due course, seek absolution from the shade of Archbishop Cranmer, to whose erudite blog I…
Joanna Bogle2

Joanna Bogle 2008

"I looked around the Internet for a few luxurious minutes and vastly enjoyed Cranmer’s Blog…which I intend to read more…
Guide 2007

Iain Dale 2007

Ranked #1 in the 'Top 10 Religious Blogs' in the UK; #6 in the UK's 'Top 100 Right of Centre…
Libby Purves

Libby Purves 2007

"Splendidly splenetic."
Times

Times 2007

UK's Top 30 Most Influential Religion Blogs
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ConservativeHome 2007

"His Grace investigates...with moral seriousness and intellectual rigour, bringing some refreshing common sense to some of the touchiest subjects in…
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Iain Dale 2006

"I take advice in matters spiritual and religious from the ghost of Archbishop Cranmer... His blog is a role model…