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Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams (Critical Introduction)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This book seeks to explain the ways in which Anglicans have sought to practise theology in their various contexts. It is a clear, insightful, and reliable guide which avoids technical jargon and roots its discussions in concrete examples. The book is primarily a work of historical theology, which engages deeply with key texts and writers from across the tradition (e.g. Cra ...more
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by T & T Clark International
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Jenna Smith
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theologians and readers and writers and other weirdos take notice: this book is wonderful. When I finished it, I stood up and applauded.
Theron
I choose to read this book for two reasons: one, I'm interested in the theology of Rowan Williams. Second, Benjamin Myers oversees the blog (faith-theology.com) which I frequently visit. I wanted to read a book by him. The three main arcs of the book are on Williams' thought on language/sociality/Wittgenstein, whole/parts/Hegel and lastly Freud/desire/delusion/hope/love.

I must admit, I read the book to quickly. I didn't steep myself in it, but enjoyed reading it quickly. It will be something I g
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Nick Spencer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Wake
This introduction to the “negative theology” of Anglican theologian Rowan Williams, although breezily written and arranged in concise essay-like chapters devoted to different aspects of Williams’s thought, grows repetitive about two-thirds in. Negative theology, or apophasis, proceeds from a kind of existential Christian acceptance of God’s unknowability. Sublime paradoxes and contradictions that defy synthesis, while ultimately limiting philosophically, are nonetheless terrific literary devices ...more
Mac
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging and highly accessible introduction to one of the most important theological voices of our time. I already knew and loved Myers from his wonderful blog at faith-theology.com, and this short book feels very much like the essays he posts over there. This is a great primer on Rowan Williams and I really enjoyed reading it.
Matt
Thoughtful exposition of Williams's theology of kenosis and tragedy. Not light reading but would be very good for Lent.
Jonard
1-star.
Don
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, thoughtful read. Not only did this deepen my understanding of Rowan Williams and his theology, but offered many moments of reflection for my own thought.
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