Named Justin Welby (see here, here and here).
What do we know about him? It seems he’s ostensibly traditionalist, but simultaneously all over-the-map, really.
He has used his seat in the Lords as a platform to challenge the “sins” of the multi-billion pound banks as much as the small-scale payday “loan sharks” he has seen at work on the North East – condemning the practice in the language of the Old Testament as “usury”.
Although educated at Eton and Cambridge and even a member of a Pall Mall club, he is seen as far from an establishment figure.
Theologically, he is unashamedly part of the evangelical strand of the Church, upholding a more traditional and conservative interpretation of the Bible than some.
But while he has, for example, publicly criticised the Coalition’s plans for gay marriage, he is not without support among liberals, some of whom believe he will prove a pragmatic and flexible Archbishop.
He is also a strong advocate of more modern styles of worship.
As Dean of Liverpool, where he almost doubled the cathedral congregation, he gave his blessing to a Halloween service called “Night of the Living Dead”, complete with a man in gothic dress leaping out of a coffin, to illustrate the message of resurrection.
To the surprise of some, he also allowed the cathedral bell-ringers to chime the Liverpool-born John Lennon’s Imagine, widely regarded as an atheist anthem.
Yet he is also an enthusiast for catholic styles of worship, has close links to Benedictines and regularly goes on spiritual retreats.
Bishop Welby is regarded by observers as being on the evangelical wing of the Church, closely adhering to traditional interpretations of the Bible with a strong emphasis on making the Church outward-looking.
Even within the evangelical community, however, there are significant differences of outlook on questions of doctrine.
The Rev Dr Giles Fraser – former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and the current parish priest at St Mary’s in Newington, south London, said Bishop Welby was “the right man for the job”.
He added: “I’m quite surprised that the church has had the courage to pick someone who’s only been a bishop a short amount of time, but I am absolutely delighted that they have.
“He and I would disagree on a number of theological issues… He’s very conservative on gay marriage and those sort of things, but very strongly in favour of women bishops which is good.
He has been less forthright about his views on homosexuality. While he has rigorously defended the Church’s right to oppose single-sex marriages, he has also been keen to accommodate opposing views expressed from a position of deeply held faith.
So, he’s theologically conservative and traditionalist, except when he’s liberal.
Likes ‘modern’ evangelical worship styles, but also Catholic worship styles, too…
Another wishy-washy, impossible-to-pin-down, all-over-the-map type.
No wonder the Anglican leadership chose him as the new Archbishop of Canterbury; he fits the type perfectly…