Rowan Williams His Legacy Paperback

The man, his ministry, impact and legacy

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In this timely retrospective, Andrew Goddard assesses the impact of Rowan Williams’ ten years as Archbishop of Canterbury. How did this quiet academic hold together a diverse Communion besieged by issues of gay clergy, women bishops, the Iraq war, Sharia Law and the ‘Credit Crunch’? With an insiders view, ‘Rowan Williams: His Legacy’ gives you an analysis of the lasting influence left by this gentle, deeply thoughtful man.”

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Rowan Williams His Legacy

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As Rowan Williams leaves Lambeth Palace for the academic life of Magdalene College, Cambridge, fellow theologian, speaker and writer, Andrew Goddard, offers you his expert and insider assessment of the Archbishop's ten years in The Church of England’s hottest seat and it’s impact on the worldwide Anglican community.

This retrospective, will give you an insiders view on the influence of this gentle, deeply thoughtful man on a Christian fellowship besieged by a world that’s quick to chide and decidedly reluctant to bless. The Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) and editor of the Anglican theological journal ‘Anvil’ examines how Rowan Williams has changed the Church, and how the Church has changed Rowan Williams.

Reasons to order ‘Rowan Williams: His Legacy’, by Andrew Goddard

•    For a balanced assessment of Rowan Williams 10 years as Archbishop of Canterbury
•    For an experts view on changes and challenges within and without the Church
•    For insight drawn from conversations with those who worked with Rowan Williams
•    To better understand the conflicts and controversies facing the Church and society
•    To enable yourself to contribute to debates on the role and direction of the Church

In ‘Rowan Williams: His Legacy’, Andrew Goddard shares not only his own opinions and experience of the man beneath the mitre, but also lets you in on conversations with those who worked alongside the Archbishop, often behind the scenes, through his years in the public eye.

This summary of the public trials and less reported triumphs of the Church’s 35th Archbishop of Canterbury since The Reformation is the essential read for anyone with a fondness for the man, an interest in The Church of England and a commitment to maintaining the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century.

Rowan Williams His Legacy by Andrew Goddard was published by Lion Hudson in January 2013 and is our 19120th best seller. The ISBN for Rowan Williams His Legacy is 9780745956022.

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What impact has Rowan Williams had as an Archbishop, presiding over the Anglican Communion worldwide through one of its most turbulent periods? How has he coped with the huge issues he has faced - the growing pressure from some wings of the Church to allow gay clergy and women bishops, and the equal pressure from other wings, who find such ideas abhorrent? What about the Iraq war, Sharia Law, and the Credit Crunch? Andrew Goddard has talked to those around the Archbishop, to discover what it is like to live and work so much in the public eye.

In this objective and analytical record, we get also to see the man beneath the mitre: a scholar who would probably not have chosen to take on such a role. What sort of leader has he been, and what legacy does he leave to his successor? Will he prove to be the last Archbishop of Canterbury for a more or less united Church?

About the author:

Andrew Goddard is a speaker and writer on Christian Ethics, Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE), editor of the Anglican theological journal Anvil, a fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute and a member of the Church of England's Faith and Order Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Leadership Team of Fulcrum (renewing the Evangelical centre within the Church of England), the Board of Directors of the International Jacques Ellul Society and the Ethics Group of Grove Books.
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The Written Legacy of Rowan Williams

The man who can trace his job description back through the office of Thomas Cranmer and all the way to St Augustine, leaves us more than just his record of employment. The deeply thoughtful theologian and scholar bequeaths to the Church and nation a body of written work worthy of such an accomplished and sensitive man.

His most recent offering, ‘Faith in the Public Square’, gives you a concise collection of his views and verdicts on issues that are – or should be, of immediate concern to all members and all levels the Church. Chapters include ‘Has Secularism Failed?’, ‘Changing the Myths We Live By’ and ‘The Economic Challenge’.

Many of his works, as you’d expect, are theological and academic. Yet one of his most highly acclaimed works also reflects on his greatest loves: The works of Dostoevsky. His book ‘Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction’, Rowan uses the writers narrative language and experiences in pre-Soviet Russia to examine the nature and purpose of religious belief.

Picking out just one of his theological books, ‘Silence and Honey Cakes’ draws its inspiration from the 4th century ‘desert fathers and mothers’. Contemplating how their spirituality resonates and inspires today's spiritual search, Rowan looks at various topics where the spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers informs our own attempts to live in community with each other and with God.

Theological works from an Archbishop might be taken for granted, even expected. Rowan Williams has delivered numerous volumes - dealing with the role of faith in addressing contemporary moral issues, and others examining the Church through the lens of history. One of his most recent historical works ‘Bede’s Ecclesiastcal History’, co-written with Benedicta Ward, shows how, even in the first millennium, Bede struggled with the question of how the Church relates to and serves the political and social order.

Alongside his works of the soul and mind, Rowan William’s legacy includes works of the heart. Rowan’s poetical works give you something of the man beneath the mitre. ‘Headwaters’ is Rowan Williams' third collection of poems written with subtlety, complexity and passion. They range widely in subject, place and mood. Now in the halls of Magdalene Cambridge, perhaps further volumes of Rowan’s artistic writings will follow.

Published to mark a significant anniversary of the works of C S Lewis, Rowan’s companion to C S Lewis’ of Narnia books, ‘The Lion's World’ is the essential addition to your bookshelf of Lewis’ collected works. With his trademark modesty, Rowan doesn’t overpower his subject but allows the stories to reveal the truths hidden in the well loved words.

Certainly, Rowan William’s legacy will be debated for a long time to come. Many will have their view of the man – what he has done and what he has left undone. But there can be no doubt that he leaves, and will no doubt continue to add to, a rich body of written work that’s a open treasure chest for Christians of all denominations. - Les Ellison

Rowan Williams a Legacy of Language

As you’d expect from such a public role as Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams has at least as much written about him as he’s written himself. Perhaps it's his Welsh speaking origins that give him an understanding of the power of words and the significance of language. This is a man who has worked tirelessly to make the Christian message understood in a world that delights in being deliberately misleading.

Born into a Welsh speaking Swansea family on 14 June 1950, Rowan Douglas Williams went to Dynevor School before studying theology at Christ's College Cambridge. After two years as a lecturer at the College of the Resurrection, near Leeds, he was ordained deacon in Ely Cathedral before returning to Cambridge.

Nine years in academic and parish work in Cambridge preceded a return to the academic world as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church, where he gained a further degree and a fellowship of the British Academy. In 1991 Professor Williams was elected and consecrated as bishop of Monmouth, and in December 2002, was confirmed as the 104th - and 1st Welsh, Archbishop of Canterbury.

But that potted biography tells you nothing about who Rowan Williams really is. A quietly modest man, you have to go to those who know him for that kind of insight. And while Rowan will, no doubt, write little about his own legacy as Archbishop, there are other well informed and sympathetic writers who will and, indeed, have.

For a serious, analysis of Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury, you need to read what was written about him at the beginning of his role. 'Rowan Williams, an Introduction’ is Rupert Shortt's look at the man and his mission at the beginning of his 10 years at Lambeth Palace. This short introduction is a sympathetic, thoughtful and readable guide to the origins, character, career, theology and original ideas of Rowan Williams – essential to understanding the man from his origins.

‘Christ The Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams’ is Benjamin Myers exploration of Rowan from the inside out. Rowan’s personal understanding of God – especially in relation to living out faith in a complex and diverse world, has sparked discussion and argument within and without the Church of England. Benjamin Myers explains Rowan Williams’ thinking and his way of making sense of the world Christians are called to serve.

For a retrospective assessment of the impact Rowan Williams has had on the Church, the impact the Church has had on Rowan, order your copy of Andrew Goddard's 'Rowan Williams: His Legacy'. This book looks back on what Rowan achieved through conversations with those who worked alongside him - often behind the scenes, throughout his years in the public eye.

But if one word sums up what you need to know to properly assess the legacy of Rowan Williams; it’s 'language'. The use and understanding of language to carry meaning – especially spiritual meaning, is the foundation of Rowan’s origins, theology and mission. The Christian language continues to be misunderstood and misrepresented. Rowan’s lasting legacy is that he tried to put that right – though perhaps not everyone will want to see it that way. – Les Ellison


Details for Rowan Williams His Legacy

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (January 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages336
Thickness25 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4052688
Page last updated 14th July 2016
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