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The edge of words : God and the habits of language

Author: Rowan Williams
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
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The Edge of Words is Rowan Williams' first book since standing down as Archbishop of Canterbury. Invited to give the prestigious 2014 Gifford Lectures, Dr Williams has produced a scholarly but eminently accessible account of the possibilities of speaking about God - taking as his point of departure the project of natural theology. Dr Williams enters into dialogue with thinkers as diverse as Augustine and Simone Weil  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Williams, Rowan.
Edge of Words.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rowan Williams
ISBN: 9781472910455 1472910451 9781472910448 1472910443
OCLC Number: 880827011
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 204 pages)
Contents: FC; Half title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. A Future for 'Natural Theology'?; 2. Can We Say What We Like? Language, Freedom and Determinism; 3. Speech and Time: the Unfinishable Business of Language; 4. Intelligent Bodies: Language as Material Practice; 5. Excessive Speech: Language in Extreme Situations; 6. Saying the Unsayable: Where Silence Happens; Appendix: On Representation; Index.
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The Edge of Words is Rowan Williams' first book since standing down as Archbishop of Canterbury. Invited to give the prestigious 2014 Gifford Lectures, Dr Williams has produced a scholarly but eminently accessible account of the possibilities of speaking about God - taking as his point of departure the project of natural theology. Dr Williams enters into dialogue with thinkers as diverse as Augustine and Simone Weil and authors such as Joyce, Hardy, Burgess and Hoban in what is a compelling essay about the possibility of language about God.

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