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This collection of the most important, influential and controversial addresses given by Rowan Williams in his 10 years as Archbishop of Canterbury, reveals him as among the most gifted Anglican priests of this generation. His views are consistent and orthodox and yet he has been consistently misunderstood and often deliberately misrepresented - especially in relation to contemporary society, public morality and the common good.
In this, his final publication from his residency at Lambeth, Rowan gives you in one volume a series of telling deliveries on matters of immediate concern to the relationship of Christianity to the faithful and faithless world around us. Among the issues that you need to consider, appreciate and be able to address are subjects inlcuding:
On Muslims and citizenship: "This whole cluster of issues has become more immediate and practical with the current complexities over the modern state's relation to Muslim identity. Liberal commentators properly concerned to combat anti-Muslim prejudice persist in assuming that Islam is a set of convictions in the mode of much modern Christianity..."
On ageing: "In an obsessively sexualised world of advertising and other images, age is often made to look pathetic and marginal. And in the minds of most people there will be the picture of the geriatric ward or certain kinds of residential institution..."
On criminalising incitement to religious hatred: "The creation of a criminal offence under British law of incitement to religious hatred provoked bitter and sustained controversy; anxiety was expressed on the one hand by committed secularists who feared some kind of limitation on the freedom to criticise or satirise religious belief in general, and on the other by Christians who were apprehensive that the legislation might be used to restrain the preaching of Christianity as unequivocally true and to prohibit any public statement that questioned the validity of other faiths..."
On secular misunderstanding of religion: "In short, as religion - corporate, sacramental and ultimately doctrinal religion - settles into this kind of awareness, it becomes one of the most potent allies possible for genuine pluralism - that is, for a social and political culture that is consistently against coercion and institutionalised inequality and is committed to serious public debate about common good..."
On Christianity, public life and politics: "About 100 years ago a very distinguished Anglican theologian by the name of John Neville Figgis, a priest of the Community of the Resurrection in Yorkshire, wrote about how the Church should be seeking to shape public opinion. And by that he meant, first and foremost, shaping public opinion within its own boundaries..."
On the Big Society: "The theme of the Big Society has found its way into a wide range of contexts in the last year or so. Reactions have been varied; but we should not be distracted from recognising that - whatever the detail of rationale and implementation - it represents an extraordinary opportunity..."
Faith in the Public Square by Rowan Williams was published by Bloomsbury in September 2012 and is our 33415th best seller. The ISBN for Faith in the Public Square is 9781408187586.
|Author / Artist||Rowan Williams|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||352|
|Page last updated||9th March 2018|