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Rowan's Rule by Rupert Shortt
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May 08, 2012

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Inevitably what starts as a biography becomes a report on the state of Anglicanism. The fact is, Rowan Williams is much, much more interesting as a subject than the petty politicking of other prelates. And what he has to offer as a Christian, as a theologian, philosopher and poet is much more absorbing than the worldly posturing and grubby prejudices of so many members of the Anglican Communion.

Shortt's book could have done with a slightly firmer editorial hand. The structuring - largely chronological - is sometimes haphazard. And occasionally subjects and characters are dropped before being picked up again many pages later.

There's something (properly) tragic about Rowan Williams, this brilliant man, from whom we could all learn so much, being wasted in politics and abused by the small-minded, and smaller-hearted.

When Williams left Wales to become ++Canterbury, a friend of mine who worked at Llandaff Cathedral was asked by the press to describe their feelings for Williams. They answered simply, "I love him."

An inspiring man of extraordinary spiritual gifts who is not quite laid bare by this biography.

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