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Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Wales.
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Works by Rowan Williams

A Ray of Darkness (1994) 281 copies
On Christian Theology (1999) 245 copies
Arius: Heresy and Tradition (1987) 234 copies
Anglican Identities (2004) 183 copies
The Truce Of God (1983) 129 copies
Teresa of Avila (1991) 118 copies
Christ the Heart of Creation (2018) 110 copies
The Poems of Rowan Williams (2002) 96 copies
Meeting God in Mark (2014) 95 copies
On Augustine (2016) 92 copies
Faith in the Public Square (2012) 85 copies
Meeting God in Paul (2015) 78 copies
The Way of St Benedict (2020) 44 copies
What is Christianity? (2015) 24 copies
Living the Lord's Prayer (2008) 17 copies
Great Poets of the 20th Century: W.H. Auden (2008) — Foreword — 12 copies
Passions of the Soul (2024) 9 copies
After Silent Centuries (1994) 9 copies
Collected Poems (2021) 9 copies
The Other Mountain (2014) 8 copies
Headwaters (2008) 8 copies
The Body's Grace (1989) 6 copies
In conversation (2019) 5 copies
Sophia (2009) 4 copies
De weg van Benedictus (2023) 1 copy
信為何物 1 copy
Being Human (2018) 1 copy

Associated Works

The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine (0321) — Foreword, some editions — 4,157 copies
Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 692 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 218 copies
Why Go to Church?: The Drama of the Eucharist (2008) — Foreword, some editions — 217 copies
The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 (2005) — Contributor, some editions — 209 copies
Anglican Spirit (1991) — Foreword — 192 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Jesus (2001) — Contributor — 174 copies
Mission-Shaped Church (2004) — Foreword — 162 copies
The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (2004) — Afterword, some editions — 160 copies
This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook (2019) — Afterword — 155 copies
The Arians of the Fourth Century (1656) — Introduction, some editions — 114 copies
Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection (2006) — Foreword, some editions — 96 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar (2004) — Contributor — 93 copies
The Gospel of John and Christian Theology (2008) — Contributor — 86 copies
Moral Issues and Christian Responses (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 83 copies
The Meaning in the Miracles (2001) — Foreword — 73 copies
Postmodern Theology: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World (1989) — Contributor — 55 copies
Anna and Mister God (1998) — Foreword, some editions — 53 copies
Glory Descending: Michael Ramsey And His Writings (2005) — Contributor — 39 copies
Augustine and His Critics (Christian Origins) (2000) — Contributor — 38 copies
Barefoot Disciple: Walking the Way of Passionate Humility (2011) — Foreword, some editions — 38 copies
Balthasar at the End of Modernity (1999) — Afterword — 33 copies
God and Government (2009) — Foreword — 30 copies
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Christ: the sacramental word (1996) — Contributor — 22 copies
Karl Barth: Studies of His Theological Methods (1979) — Contributor — 21 copies
Against the Heathen (1977) — Foreword — 19 copies
The Worlds We Live in: Dialogues with Rowan Williams (2005) — Afterword — 15 copies
Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition (2003) — Foreword — 15 copies
Gestures of God: Explorations in Sacramentality (2004) — Foreword — 14 copies
Shari'a in the West (2010) — Contributor — 14 copies
Be Glad: An Incredible String Band Compendium (2004) — Foreword — 13 copies
Seven Words for the 21st Century (2002) — Contributor — 13 copies
Pearl Beyond Price: The Attractive Jesus (2002) — Foreword — 13 copies
Philosophy, religion, and the spiritual life (1992) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion (2019) — Contributor — 12 copies
Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics (2015) — Foreword — 11 copies
Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy (2009) — Contributor — 10 copies
Strangely Orthodox (2006) — Foreword — 9 copies
Rethinking metaphysics (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
Sunstone - Issue 144, December 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge




This was a good read, but a little lacking in length -- the subject matter could have been developed more thoroughly. With Andrei Rublev's 'Hospitality of Abraham' icon, Williams does a good job discussing the icon specifically, but in other instances -- such as the icon of the resurrection -- he uses it as an opportunity to opine about the resurrection generally. Which is not a problem per se, as his theological reflections are sound and well-written, but it somewhat misses the richness of icon qua icon.… (more)
Duffyevsky | 1 other review | Aug 19, 2022 |
Chapters 1 and 5 were my favorite....
OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Summary: Weekly meditations by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, written for his parish church from March to September 2020, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We all remember when life as we knew it ended as lockdowns and stay at home orders were issued to curb rising COVID infections. For many of us it was around mid-March 2020. On March 26, the day of the Feast of the Annunciation (remembering the appearance of Gabriel to Mary announcing she would bear the Christ child), former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams wrote the first of a series of meditations addressing what it means to live in faith, hope, and love during the pandemic. On that day, he wrote:

“And as we contemplate the coming months, not knowing when we can breathe again, it’s worth thinking about how already the foundations have been laid for whatever new opportunities God has for us on the far side of this crisis. The small actions we take to protect one another, to keep open the channels of love and gift, volunteering, if we’re able, to support someone less mobile or less safe, finding new ways of communicating, even simply meditating on how our society might become more just and secure–all this can be the hidden beginning of something fuller and more honest for us all in the future.”


Over the coming months, ending September 17, 2020, Williams wrote weekly meditations for his parish church, collected in this compact book. Each are two to four pages in length. He reflects on our anxiety when our usual outlets for productive activity are gone, of treasuring relationships because of the experience of aloneness, the giving of the Holy Spirit that reminds us we are not God, and of seeking justice for those disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

One of my favorites, on the Feast of St. Matthias (May 14) celebrates this apostle whose greatest accomplishment lies in taking the place of Judas Iscariot. Williams emphasizes the hidden heroism he represents of those who faithfully show up. Another, written on August 6 was especially meaningful. Williams notes that this is both the day the first atom bomb was detonated with deadly results over Hiroshima, and the day of the church’s celebration of the transfiguration. In the first we see the dark face of humanity. In the second we see the radiant face of “infinite love of beauty,” the face of God in human flesh and know there is yet hope for us. I was born on August 6 and I feel this contrast, so beautifully articulated by Williams, has framed my life.

His posts do not all address pandemic-specific realities. Many, like the examples noted above, are connected to the church calendar. Others simply address contemporary realities like the reduction of our individuality and dignity before God to algorithms. Another is simply on meditative walking–something some of us have had time for. He writes with a measure of caution about the current trend of tearing down statues, which merely reflect what is true of all of us–people who got much wrong and a few things right. It may be right to remove a statue, but there is no room for smug superiority in doing so.

This is a sparkling collection of writing that reflects not only the pandemic but many of our contemporary concerns. I found myself wondering what Williams would have written during the horrendous wave of infection that came after the close of the book. What would his reflection have been about stubborn variants and vaccines? I hope he has continued writing. The book ends only part way through the journey, offering helpful direction for how we might live as people of faith both in this and more ordinary times. He recognizes this in his epilogue and recalls his opening reflection. He asks if we have grown through the solidarity forced by our common plight.

It is a question worth considering if we believe that the call to trust and follow Christ is to grow in Christ-likeness until the day we see him. We may feel with vaccines and the rescinding of health orders (at least for a time) that this is “over” and we can move on. If we simply want to forget, does it reveal something about the kind of people we have been through this time, with which we are uncomfortable? It is not too late to reflect on how the pandemic has shaped our life of faith, hope, and love, and make course corrections where needed. If we do not consider William’s question, we may find ourselves on a course that takes us away from Christ, and from solidarity with the human community. Williams’ book reminds us there are candles in the dark for those looking for light.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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BobonBooks | May 12, 2021 |
An insightful devotional that introduced me to a way of prayer I was almost completely unfamiliar with beforehand. Each small segment will challenge your growth, the way you love, and the way you contain God inside of you.
poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |



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