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Right Reverend Rowan Williams gives an inspiring talk to students at Whitgift School.

As part of Whitgift’s Academic Enrichment Lecture Series, the School was honoured to host the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Rowan Williams, on 3 February, for a talk open to students, parents and the public. Lord Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and retains a global voice in matters of Christian theology and doctrine. He is also the Chairman of Christian Aid, and writes on literary and theological topics. As he was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, he discussed, among other topics, the similarities between himself and the School’s founder, John Whitgift, who was the 73rd Archbishop during the Elizabethan era. Prior to the talk, a select group of Sixth Form Theology and Philosophy students were also lucky enough to participate in a discussion with Lord Williams, along with Whitgift Headmaster, Dr Christopher Barnett.

Upper Sixth Former, Jean-Baptiste Lefèvre, commented, “Lord Williams’ visit was a privilege to us all. We discussed the role of religion in our society and the way our interpretations of the Bible have evolved over centuries to adapt to social change. We concluded that despite the benefits of reinterpreting religious text, social change does not and should not necessarily dictate what is right. I was greatly impressed conversing with a man who had the former colossal responsibility of leading the Church of England and its activities all around the globe. On the whole, a very academic discussion about the importance of Theology & Philosophy in our society.”

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