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Anglican Identities

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Is there an "Anglican identity"? Or is living with the tension between different temperaments and histories itself at the heart of the genius of Anglicanism? Anglican Identities draws together studies and profiles by Rowan Williams that sympathetically explore approaches to scripture, tradition, and authority that are very different--yet at the same time distinctively Angl ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Cowley Publications (first published November 1st 2003)
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Jon Beadle
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading it in fits and starts I’ve finally completed what I believe to be a concise theological history of the major Anglican players. Many brilliant moments were often coupled with what seemed like labyrinth’s of abstraction. Rowan Williams is never boring. I gonna his take on the controversial (heretical?) John TA Robinson particularly helpful and engaging.
Alex Strohschein
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
A concise book written by the then-current Archbishop of Canterbury. Rowan Williams offers explications into the thought and theology of key Anglican figures such as Richard Hooker, B.F. Westcott, and John A.T. Robinson. These lectures and essays are dense but the reader can glean much about how this diverse cast of Anglicans has approached Scripture and doctrine.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Rowan Williams is a first class thinker who grapples with a wide range of authors, not only theological but literary and philosophical. My copy is now heavily underlined and annotated, with a list of works to read pencilled into the back: Tyndale's The Parable of the Wicked Mammon, Iris Murdoch, Robert Browning's A Death in the Desert, and of course Richard Hooker. I found the first three chapters, on Tyndale and Hooker, the most thought-provoking. (The others are on George Herbert, BF Westcott, ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating analysis and comparison of some of the Anglican tradition’s most formative thinkers. If you are interested to consider, in considerable depth, how God makes Christ present in the Church for the world, then this is well worth the read.
Robert Heckner
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read for my Lenten study — an excellent book; Williams is erudite, clear, and engaging. This book serves as a reminder of the great depth of theological resources within Anglicanism.
Nick Spencer
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
We Anglicans are aware of the problems Rowan Williams presents. He is the most brilliant Protestant theologian out there, and his writing is wonderful. Even in this book, which reads like it was tossed off in his free time—one wonders what the postage was when he mailed it in—he presents both challenges and opportunities for growth and understanding. Simultaneously, he hardly misses an opportunity to fail in his role as Archbishop of Canterbury. Most recently, he snubbed the Presiding Bishop of ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dipped-into
Goodness. This is quite a hard book. The Archbishop is at the academic level. And I fear he is not that good a writer. What with his convoluted sentences and immensely long paragraphs, I think he does himself and his ideas a disservice. I have gone through the discussion of Richard Hooker and I was enlightened as to Hooker's views on the necessity for a liturgical/prayerbook church simply because the church must include in the Christian life the educated and uneducated, the stupid and the smart, ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Essays included in this book (with the subject of each essay in parenthesis):

The Christian Society (William Tyndale)
Contemplative Pragmatism (Richard Hooker)
Philosopher, Anglican, Contemporary (Richard Hooker)
Inside Herbert's Afflictions (George Herbert)
The Fate of Liberal Anglicanism (B.F. Westcott)
Theology and the Churches (Michael Ramsey)
Honest to God and the 1960s (John A.T. Robinson)
Anglican Approaches to St John's Gospel (B.F. Westcott, E.C. Hoskyns, William Temple, and John A.T. Robinson)
Matt Root
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a very informative collection of papers on important contributors to the tradition, but, as a collection of papers, it lacks a guiding theme the ground the explorations. Also, the lack of anyone one from between 1640-1840 left a significant hole that lessened the book's over all usefulness. ...more
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You have to really know your stuff to read this book! It was theologically over my head!
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Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, is an Anglican bishop, poet, and theologian. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from December 2002-2012, and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and Chancellor of the University of South Wales.

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