Archbishop Cranmer – the blog
Archbishop Cranmer takes 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.
The Archbishop Cranmer blog was founded by Adrian Hilton on March 21st 2006, the 450th anniversary of Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom.
Archbishop Cranmer – the man
Archbishop 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 Archbishop 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.