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Rowan Williams: The Biography

Hardback|Nov 2008
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Rowan Williams is a complex and controversial figure. Widely revered for his personal qualities, he is also an intellectual giant who towers over almost all his predecessors as Archbishop of Canterbury. Among many other achievements he has trounced the atheist...


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Rowan Williams is a complex and controversial figure. Widely revered for his personal qualities, he is also an intellectual giant who towers over almost all his predecessors as Archbishop of Canterbury. Among many other achievements he has trounced the atheist Richard Dawkins, and published over twenty well-regarded books, including several volumes of poetry and a major study of Dostoevsky. Yet he is also one of the most reviled church leaders in modern history. Long before facing calls to step down after his lecture on sharia law in 2008, he had been accused of heresy on account of his pro-gay views, and begged to resign by conservative members of his own flock. He had disappointed many of his own supporters as well. Progressives who expected him to champion the cause of clergy in same-sex relationships were dismayed by what seemed like his ragged retreat on the issue. So how has high office changed Rowan Williams? Has he been bullied and manipulated? Or is he perhaps playing a long game, obliged to rate church unity above the pursuit of his own vision at a time when the Anglican Communion has looked ever more unstable? Rupert Shortt, already the author of an acclaimed introduction to the Archbishop's thought, now offers answers to these and other questions in this authoritative biography. Written with Rowan Williams's full cooperation, it not only elucidates his ideas, but gives a compelling portrait of a private and in some ways surprisingly vulnerable man.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 277479
  • Product Code 9780340954256
  • ISBN 0340954256
  • EAN 9780340954256
  • Pages 480
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Nov 2008
  • Dimensions 42 x 163 x 242mm
  • Weight 0.786kg

Rupert Shortt

Rupert Shortt is religion editor of the London Times Literary Supplement and the author of Rowan Williams: An Introduction and Pope Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith.

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