Rowan Williams has served as Archbishop of Canterbury through one of the most turbulent periods in the history of global Anglicanism. He has also faced numerous challenges within the Church of England. How has he coped with the huge issues...
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Rowan Williams has served as Archbishop of Canterbury through one of the most turbulent periods in the history of global Anglicanism. He has also faced numerous challenges within the Church of England. How has he coped with the huge issues of a divided church and a rapidly changing world? What has he done as Archbishop when parts of the Church are campaigning for an ?inclusive church? with gay partnered clergy and women bishops while others are determined to resist these developments? How has he related to other Christian traditions and those of other faiths? What has he said about the Iraq war, the Credit Crunch, Sharia Law? In this fascinating assessment of Rowan Williams? time in office, Andrew Goddard surveys Archbishop Rowan's time in office. He draws on his speeches and writings and also interviews and comments from those who have worked with him., Neither hagiography nor a hatchet-job, he shows the pressures faced by an academic scholar who only took on such a demanding role because he believed it to be God's call. What sort of leader has he been, and what sort of legacy does he leave? Will he prove to be the last Archbishop of Canterbury for a more or less united Church?
Revd Dr Andrew Goddard (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is Tutor in Christian Ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. In recent years he has played a significant role in the Anglican Communion debates on homosexuality and the nature of communion. He is the editor of Anvil, the Anglican evangelical theology journal and a Fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute. He is on the Faith and Order Advisory Group of the Church of England, the leadership team of Fulcrum and the Evangelical Alliance's Commission on Unity and Truth among Evangelicals.Andrew continues to write and speak on matters relating to the Anglican Communion and to sexuality and with Elisabeth (his wife) he is delivering the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity Lectures in 2006 on Redeeming Family, to be published by IVP in 2007, he has authored A Pocket Guide To Ethical Issues, Living The Word, Resisting The World and The Moral Leader (with Bishop James Jones).