This distillation of 20 years of Rowan Williamsa pastoral and academic work tackles many of the most searching questions of theology and society at the end of the twentieth century. * Collects the work of a prominent writer and serving bishop on the history of Christian theology and spirituality. * Brings together Rowan Williamsa theological essays with studies of wider issues from a theological point of view. * Includes an introduction to his work by Bishop Williams.
"I believe Rowan Williams is one of the most creative and profound theologians writing in the latter half of the twentieth century. There is extraordinary significance to bringing together many of these essays into one book which makes them available to a wider public." L. Gregory Jones, Duke University "A sustained and remarkably coherent essay on the daunting task of doing theology today. They again show him to be a theologian of immense erudition and maturity, and, perhaps more importantly, of fine sensitivity to the subterfuges of human frailty."Times Literary Supplement "It is certainly a thought--provoking book; and if it gets people thinking honestly and deeply about the problems it discusses, then I am sure its author will be satisfied." Church Times "Few contemporary theologians could offer such an exhilarating, authoritative and properly demanding exploration of what it means to do Christian theology. A companion volume on Christian ethics would be more than welcome." Nicholas Sagovsky, University of Newcastle. "Rowan Williams speaks out of a fund of learning and pastoral experience which has made him arguably the most distinguished theologian in the English--speaking world. In Williamsa hands the language of finality and universal significance gains unexpected energy." The Way. "[On Christian Theology] exhibits a distinctive theological posture...having remarkable and deep internal coherence. His terms of engagement do not so much incite challenge and response as provoke fresh and more supple thinking of onea s own. And that provocation is accompanied by the intense esthetic satisfaction of being drawn into the intellectual dance of so nimble and inventive a theological sensibility." David H. Kelsey, Yale Divinity School. "The range of these essays, the importance of the subjects they treat, and, of course, Williamsa s erudition all mean that these essays will need to be taken seriously. A wide range of readers will owe Williams a debt of gratitude for the scatter of characteristically brilliant insights in these essays." The Heythrop Journal "All in all, this is a valuable and stumulating book -- one to which the reader will want to return." Studies in World Christianity