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King Charles, A ‘Defender of Faith’ – Note Just ‘Defender of THE Faith’

A new chapter has begun in the United Kingdom with today’s King Charles III coronation ceremony.

As both monarch and head of the Church of England, Charles has promised to be the kingdom’s “Defender of the Faith” – the Christian faith – but he’s made clear in the past he sees the role more as “Defender of Faith,” inclusive of all faiths.

According to web search results, King Charles III has expressed his intention to be **Defender of the Faith** but also a **defender of faiths**, meaning that he wants to protect and respect all religions in the United Kingdom, not just the Church of England. He clarified this position in 2015, after causing some controversy in 1994 when he said he would rather be **defender of faith** instead of **the faith**. His coronation will reflect his desire to be inclusive of all faiths, with representatives from different religious communities participating in the ceremony.

So how will he reign in regard to faith?

It’s been 70 years since the last coronation in the United Kingdom and just like Queen Elizabeth’s in 1953, the coronation of King Charles was held at London’s Westminster Abbey, mostly in keeping with tradition.

“It is of course primarily a religious service,” Ian Bradley, a professor at the University of St. Andrews’ School of Divinity, told CBN News. “There’s no constitutional meaning for the coronation. Charles became king as soon as his mother died back in September.”

While much will be the same, King Charles added his touches to the ceremony, including some new religious aspects.

“It’s very significant indeed,” Bradley explained. “The last coronation of the late Queen in 1953 was almost entirely run by Anglican clergy, the male clergy of the Church of England.”

This time, more Christian denominations were included, and for the first time, Charles included other faiths as well.


“One of the things that happened recently is that the order of service was delayed,” Gavin Ashenden, who once served as chaplain to the late Queen.

“And we’re pretty sure it was delayed because Charles wanted a group of representatives of other faiths to lead the prayers,” Ashenden said. “But there’s a rule in the Church of England, it’s part of the church’s law backed up by Parliament’s law, that to lead liturgy in an Anglican church you have to be a believing Anglican. So, there was a conflict and it looks like Charles lost.”

Now, instead of leading prayers, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Jewish leaders were to present the king with four pieces of coronation regalia.

Ashenden said while Queen Elizabeth’s faith was devout and well documented, no one is quite sure about the personal beliefs of King Charles.

“We’ve had one Christmas broadcast, but he was brought up under the influence of Carl Gustav Jung. A man called Lawrence Vanderposterous was his tutor,” said Ashenden. “So, he’s much more committed to a progressive agenda than Christianity is comfortable with, and I think one of the tensions we’re going to see both in the coronation service and in his reign is a way he tries to balance his Christianity, being Defender of the Protestant faith, with his sense that he needs to reflect a secular progressive worldview that his subjects have adopted or imparted.”

While that may come as a disappointment to some Christians, Ashenden said not knowing the monarch’s beliefs is not necessarily a bad thing.

“If you have a king or a queen, you don’t necessarily want to know their private views because they may only represent one half of their kingdom instead of the other,” he explained. “It becomes polarizing like politics.”

King Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, made their way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony that started at 11:00 a.m. local time, 6:00 a.m. Eastern.

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