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Williams, Rowan 1950-

Works: 361 works in 963 publications in 7 languages and 22,027 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Popular works  Sermons 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Author of introduction, Editor, Translator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., con, Contributor, Other, Narrator, Composer
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Arius : heresy and tradition by Rowan Williams( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Arianism has been called the "archetypal Christian heresy" because it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly examination of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was actually a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church. Thus, the crisis of the early fourth century was not only about the doctrine of God but also about the relations between emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" teachers in the church's decision-making. In the course of his discussion, Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy is defined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy. Augmented with a new appendix in which Williams interacts with significant scholarship since 1987, this book provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in church history and the development of Christian doctrine."--Provided by publisher
Dostoevsky : language, faith, and fiction by Rowan Williams( Book )

32 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rowan Williams explores the intricacies of speech, fiction, metaphor, and iconography in the works of one of literature's most complex and most misunderstood, authors. Williams' investigation focuses on the four major novels of Dostoevsky's maturity (Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov). He argues that understanding Dostoevsky's style and goals as a writer of fiction is inseparable from understanding his religious commitments. Any reader who enters the rich and insightful world of Williams' Dostoevsky will emerge a more thoughtful and appreciative reader for it."--Jacket
The lion's world : a journey into the heart of Narnia by Rowan Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams offers fascinating insight into The Chronicles of Narnia, the popular series of novels by one of the most influential Christian authors of the modern era, C.S. Lewis. Lewis once referred to certain kinds of book as a "mouthwash for the imagination." This is what he attempted to provide in the Narnia stories, argues Williams: an unfamiliar world in which we could rinse out what is stale in our thinking about Christianity--"which is almost everything," says Williams--and rediscover what it might mean to meet the holy. Indeed, Lewis's great achievement in the Narnia books is just that-he enables readers to encounter the Christian story "as if for the first time." How does Lewis makes fresh and strange the familiar themes of Christian doctrine? Williams points out that, for one, Narnia itself is a strange place: a parallel universe, if you like. There is no "church" in Narnia, no religion even. The interaction between Aslan as a "divine" figure and the inhabitants of this world is something that is worked out in the routines of life itself. Moreover, we are made to see humanity in a fresh perspective, the pride or arrogance of the human spirit is chastened by the revelation that, in Narnia, you may be on precisely the same spiritual level as a badger or a mouse. It is through these imaginative dislocations that Lewis is able to communicate--to a world that thinks it knows what faith is--the character, the feel, of a real experience of surrender in the face of absolute incarnate love
The Making of orthodoxy : essays in honour of Henry Chadwick by Rowan Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of essays honours Henry Chadwick, probably the greatest and best-known of English scholars of early Christianity. The essays, written by many of the leading theologians and church historians in the English-speaking world, discuss different aspects of how Christianity developed norms and standards in its teaching, how it came to have - and to enforce - a definition of orthodoxy and heresy. It is a collection of fundamental work by internationally recognised experts. It covers issues of orthodoxy from the first right up to the sixth century, and its wide-ranging surveys of centrally important material in early Christianity will find broad appeal among scholars and students of Old and New Testaments, medieval history and patristics
Teresa of Avila by Rowan Williams( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Together with her contemporary and friend, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila stands at the highest point of Catholic spiritual writing in the troubled age of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. She is also one of the founding figures of modern Spanish literature. Her vivid descriptions of her experiences in prayer have long made her an object of intense interest to psychologists of religion." "This book makes use of recent historical research on Teresa and her society and provides a full introduction to all her major works. It shows Teresa as more than just a chronicler of paranormal states of consciousness. She emerges as a genuine theologian in her own right, with a powerful contribution to make to contemporary understanding of God." "Above all, Teresa is concerned with developing a model of Christian Life as friendship with God, a God who abandons status and dignity for the sake of human beings. In this book, Rowan Williams also shows how all Teresa's major writings concentrate on this incarnational theme. In the final chapter he argues that Christian mysticism is itself deeply misunderstood unless it is seen within an incarnational framework."--Jacket
Resurrection : interpreting the Easter Gospel by Rowan Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is it 'good news' to say that 'Jesus is risen'? What has the resurrection to do with our idea of salvation? This book sets out to show how the experience of the resurrection was from the first one of forgiveness and of the healing of memories of injury, guilt or failure. Out of this healing grow new patterns of life together, and a new understanding of God. This classic work by one of the finest theological minds of our day is renowned for its synthesis of theology and spirituality, critical analysis and devotion"--Publisher's description
Why study the past? : the quest for the historical church by Rowan Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rowan Williams offers some reflection on how we think about the past in general and considers how church history has been used by theologians not just to prove points, but to clarify what we are as human beings. Emerging from this is a sense of the importance of history as something that deepens our present thinking and obliges us to think with more varied and resourceful analogies about who we are and the world we are in
Lost icons : reflections on cultural bereavement by Rowan Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why does our contremporary culture find it so hard to handle certain concepts and images? What aspects of the range of human possibilities have been lost in modernity and postmodernity? Rowan Williams argues that we have let go of a number of crucial imaginative pattern "icons" - for thinking about ourselves. ..."--Back cover
On Christian theology by Rowan Williams( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this comprehensive collection of his work Rowan Williams, one of the most significant theologians of his generation, tackles many of the most searching questions of theology and society at the end of the twentieth century. This is a book that bridges the gap between the academic, the spiritual and the political." "Overall, Williams presents a theological perspective acutely aware of the cultural and political crises of our time. He suggests that detachment from doctrinal tradition will not solve our problems and argues instead for an imaginative reworking of the doctrinal tradition, formed in an intense dialogue with modernity and postmodernity."--Jacket
Tokens of trust : an introduction to Christian belief by Rowan Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Tokens of Trust' presents an introduction to the Christian faith which explores the key themes of Christian belief and the reality of living them
Grace and necessity : reflections on art and love by Rowan Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This most original new book by Rowan Williams sketches out a new theological aesthetic or, put more simply, a new understanding of how human beings open themselves to transcendence." "In describing an aesthetic of transcendence, Dr. Williams draws on three key influences: the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, the Welsh poet and painter David Jones, and the American novelist and short-story writer, Mary Flannery O'Connor. Rowan Williams fulfills his stated ambition for Christianity to engage with contemporary culture, at least in its more imaginative aspects."--Jacket
The wound of knowledge : Christian spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross by Rowan Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in English and Korean and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First edition published in 1979
Crisis and recovery : ethics, economics and justice by Rowan Williams( Book )

18 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the ongoing global financial crisis, a lack of moral and ethical leadership in society has been exposed. The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Larry Elliott, The Guardian, bring together their thoughts on the issues of ethics and morality in business, with contributions from leading business figures"--
Writing in the dust : after September 11 by Rowan Williams( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where God happens : discovering Christ in one another by Rowan Williams( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a introduction to the early hermits. The author breaks through our preconceived ideas of the Desert Fathers to reveal them in a new light: as true and worthy role models for us in our modern lives, who have much to teach us about dealing with the anxieties, uncertainties, and sense of isolation that have become hallmarks of modern life. They especially embody valuable insights about community, about how to live together in an intimate and meaningful way
Being Christian : Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, prayer by Rowan Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explains essential elements of the Christian life brilliantly but briefly, expounding themes and answering difficulties in everyday commonsense language. It lifts the heart and enriches the mind."--Book cover
Love's redeeming work : the Anglican quest for holiness by Geoffrey Rowell( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of writings in the Anglican Communion dating from 1530 to 2001. The writings include treatises, sermons, hymnody, poetry, diary entries and prayers and devotions
The poems of Rowan Williams by Rowan Williams( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'I dislike the idea of being a religious poet. I would prefer to be a poet for whom religious things mattered intensely.' In the poems collected in this book, Rowan Williams writes of many things. He visits the Holy Land, commemorates the deaths of parents and close friends, explores elements of ancient Celtic culture; poems are inspired by works of art, landscapes rural and urban, and historical figures from Tolstoy to Simone Weil. What connects poem to poem is the poet's vividly sensual language, his formal mastery, and how he can address, specifically and particularly, what matters most intensely. 'Earth is a hard text to read', writes Welsh poet Waldo Williams in a poem translated here. For Rowan Williams, this very reading is the task of the poet--Back cover
The only mind worth having : Thomas Merton and the child mind by Fiona Gardner( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In The Only Mind Worth Having, Fiona Gardner takes Thomas Merton's belief that the child mind is "the only mind worth having" and explores it in the context of Jesus' challenging, paradoxical, and enigmatic command to become like small children. She demonstrates how Merton's belief and Jesus's command can be understood as part of contemporary spirituality and spiritual practice. To follow Christ's command requires a great leap of the imagination. Gardner examines what it might mean to make this leap when one is an adult without it becoming sentimental and mawkish, or regressive and pathological. Using both psychological and spiritual insights, and drawing on the experiences of Thomas Merton and others, Gardner suggests that in some mysterious and paradoxical way recovering a sense of childhood spirituality is the path toward spiritual maturity. The move from childhood spirituality to adulthood and on to a spiritual maturity through the child mind is a move from innocence to experience to organized innocence, or from dependence to independence to a state of being in-dependence with God
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Dostoevsky : language, faith, and fiction
Alternative Names
Rowan Douglas Williams

Rowan Williams arcivescovo anglicano e teologo britannico

Rowan Williams Brits politicus

Rowan Williams englischer Geistlicher, Erzbischof von Canterbury

Rowan Williams Uskup Agung Canterbury (2002 s.d. 2012)

Uilʹi︠a︡ms, Rouėn 1950-

Uil'jams, Rouėn 1950-

Williams of Oystermouth, Rowan Douglas Williams 1950- Baron

Williams of Oystermouth, Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron, 1950-

Williams, Rowan

Williams, Rowan Douglas

Williams, Rowan Douglas 1950-

Роуэн Уильямс

Роуэн Уильямс 1950-

Уильямс архиепископ Кентерберийский

Уильямс Р. архиепископ Кентерберийский 1950-

Уильямс Р. Д

Уильямс Р. Д. 1950-

Уильямс, Роуэн 1950-

Уильямс, Роуэн Даглас

רואן ויליאמס

روان وليامس، 1950-

روان ويليامز

റോവാൻ വില്യംസ്

윌리엄스, 로완 1950-

윌리엄스, 로원 1950-



English (332)

Korean (8)

Spanish (6)

Russian (3)

Welsh (2)

Italian (2)

Dutch (1)

Dostoevsky : language, faith, and fictionThe Making of orthodoxy : essays in honour of Henry ChadwickTeresa of AvilaResurrection : interpreting the Easter GospelWhy study the past? : the quest for the historical churchLost icons : reflections on cultural bereavementOn Christian theologyTokens of trust : an introduction to Christian belief