04/28/2014 12:47 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2014

Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop Of Canterbury, Calls Britain 'A Post-Christian Country'

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron caused controversy last week by calling Britain a "Christian country," but the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, has a different take on the matter.

Williams told the Sunday Telegraph that Britain is no longer a "nation of believers," and the era of widespread worship is over.

He characterized Britain as a "post-Christian" nation, "in the sense that habitual practice for most of the population is not taken for granted," reports the BBC.

Williams elaborated on his statements by explaining that "the cultural memory is still quite strongly Christian." However, "It's a matter of defining terms. A Christian country as a nation of believers? No. A Christian country in the sense of still being very much saturated by this vision of the world and shaped by it? Yes."



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