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Archbishop in faith row faces calls to resign.

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury was under pressure to resign last night after appearing to doubt the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In a Millennium message to Christians called Jesus 2000, Dr George Carey said: "We can be sure that Jesus lived and that he was certainly crucified on the cross. We cannot with the same certainty say that we know he was raised by God from the dead."

Dr Carey, who is now in America, adds that the Resurrection "goes against human experience and our first instinct is incredulity" - and that his faith in it have been "greatly tested and sorely won".

Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe said the remarks, to be published in a book later this year, have created a huge controversy. "If what he has written in any way leaves the Resurrection open to doubt then that is the ultimate betrayal."

Lord Glenamara, a vice- president of the Prayer Book Society, said: "I hope Dr Carey is not casting doubts on the Resurrection. It is absolutely fundamental to Christianity."

A spokesman for Dr Carey said: "There is no question that Dr Carey believes in the Resurrection. He does, simple as that." Comments had been "plucked" from different parts of the book and "stuck together".
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Author:Nicol, Mark
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 1999
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