Holy Living: The Christian Tradition for Today

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Sep 21, 2017 - Religion - 240 pages
Apart from being a scholar and theologian, Rowan Williams has also demonstrated a rare gift for speaking and writing plainly and clearly about essentials of the Christian faith. In the chapters of this book he writes with profound perception about the life of holiness to which we are called. The range of Williams' frame of reference is astonishing – he brings poets and theologians to his aid, he writes about the Rule of St Benedict, the Bible, Icons, contemplation, St Teresa of Avila and even R. D. Laing. He concludes with two chapters on the injunction 'Know Thyself' in a Christian context. Throughout, Williams points out that holiness is a state of being – it is he writes 'completely undemonstrative and lacking any system of expertise. It can never be dissected and analysed.'
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One the Way in
5
Part Two Shaping Holy Lives
51
Part Three Prayer and Contemplation
91
Part Four the Genius of Teresa of Avila
123
Part Five Ways of Knowing
167
Notes
211
Acknowledgements
221
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A former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. A prolific author, he has written with authority on politics, the environment and the economy as well as on religious topics.

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