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Temple, William (1881–1944)

  1. Thomas D. Watts

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1358

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Watts, T. D. 2011. Temple, William (1881–1944). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


William Temple (1881–1944), Anglican bishop and theologian, served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942 to 1944, and developed Anglican social thought in egalitarian directions. He was the youngest child of Archbishop of Canterbury Frederick Temple, and pursued studies at Balliol College, Oxford. His years at Oxford foreshadowed his interests and his commitments in coming years: politics, social justice and equality, academics and ecumenism.


  • Temple, William (1881–1944);
  • anglican bishop and theologian;
  • seminal work with COPEC and the WEA