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Williams, Rowan 1950-

Works: 309 works in 842 publications in 9 languages and 18,454 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Popular works  Sermons 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Author of introduction, Editor, Translator, con, Contributor, Narrator, Other
Classifications: BT1350, 230
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Arius : heresy and tradition by Rowan Williams( Book )

27 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 826 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 5 languages and held by 691 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 )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 489 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 )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teresa of Avila by Rowan Williams( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 479 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 3 languages and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 430 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 )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how modernism has changed American culture leading us to lose the ability for self-understanding and in the process empathy for others
On Christian theology by Rowan Williams( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 418 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 )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 379 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
The wound of knowledge : Christian spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross by Rowan Williams( Book )

32 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First edition published in 1979
Grace and necessity : reflections on art and love by Rowan Williams( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 343 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."--BOOK JACKET
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

Crisis and recovery : ethics, economics and justice by Rowan Williams( Book )

17 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 307 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"--
Christian spirituality : a theological history from the New Testament to Luther and St. John of the Cross by Rowan Williams( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2003 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 305 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
The royal wedding the official album( Recording )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most anticipated events of 2011, the wedding of England's Prince William and Catherine Middleton, is captured on CD. This official audio document features all the unforgettable moments and musical performances from the ceremony
Being Christian : Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, prayer by Rowan Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Dutch and held by 247 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 )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 208 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 )

11 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
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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 1950-

Уильямс Р. архиепископ Кентерберийский 1950-

Уильямс Р. Д. 1950-

Уильямс, Роуэн 1950-

Уильямс, Роуэн Даглас

روان وليامس، 1950-

روان ويليامز

റോവാൻ വില്യംസ്

윌리엄스, 로완 1950-

윌리엄스, 로원 1950-



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