"The Archbishop pleads with wisdom, compassion and cool articulate anger, for the recovery of habits of self-understanding in grave danger of becoming unavailable; for childhood, friendship and remorse, as aspects of identity fashioned and discovered over time. Nicholas Lash, former Norris Hulse Professor, University of Cambridge Rowan Williams has the gift of taking the ordinary stuff of human experience and opening it up to show how it can carry us into the mystery of God incarnate. The Most Reverend Frank T Grisewold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA
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A major work from the new Archbishop of Canterbury that asks tough questions about our inability to communicate with each other on a meaningful level and how we have lost the "language of the soul", leading to a more impoverished and alienated society.
It is ironic that in a society that has more communications potential that at any time in history, we are finding it harder to talk meaningfully than ever before. This book explores the relationship between self and society in terms of "icons" that have become lost. Dr Williams looks at the many definitions of the word "icon" - from art, the media and religion, but re-defines the word for his purposes - they are "structures for seeing and connecting in the light of something other than our decisions", in other words, shared values. The resultant lack of icons is highlighted by confusion over religion, the family, economics and sexuality, to name but a few.
This isn't ivory tower thinking, it cuts to the very roots of our society, beginning with the education or our children and ending with what he calls the "loss of language of the soul". It is, he argues time to regain that language and communicate with each other.