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Statement issued in response to Sunday Telegraph story

Saturday 1st January 2005

The Sunday Telegraph of 2 January 2005 published an article by Dr Williams. The paper carried a news story about it with a headline which misrepresented the article's content. This statement was issued in reply the evening before publication.

Lambeth Palace has issued the following statement in response to the Sunday Telegraph's first edition story with the headline 'Archbishop of Canterbury admits: this makes me doubt the existence of God.'

"Whilst the Archbishop's article itself has been transcribed faithfully, the headline reporting it is a misrepresentation of the Archbishop's views.

"As any reading of the text makes instantly clear, the Archbishop nowhere says that the Tsunami causes him to question or doubt the existence of God; rather that the Christian faith does not invite simplistic answers to the problem of human suffering".

"It is extremely disappointing that what is a thoughtful response to the challenge posed by events of these kinds to the mind and heart of the believer has suffered in the search for a headline."

Click here for Dr Williams' Sunday Times article.

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