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Richard Holloway is a Scottish writer and broadcaster, and was formerly Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church and was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1992. He resigned from these positions in 2000 and is now regarded as one of the most outspoken and controversial figures in the Church, having taken an agnostic worldview and commenting widely on issues concerning religious belief in the modern world. He is well known for his support of progressive causes, including campaigning on human rights for gay and lesbian people in both Church and State, and has questioned and addressed complex ethical issues in the areas of sexuality, drugs and bioethics. He has been a reviewer and writer for the broadsheet press for several years, including The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Scotsman. He is also a frequent presenter on radio and television. He is the author of over 20 books, including his latest, Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt.