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on 17 December 2008
I expected to find this an interesting but possibly rather challenging read! Instead I was knocked out by the clarity of the Rupert Shortt's treatment of the theology. The book hasn't changed my view of Rowan Williams himself; I started by thinking he was a holy man and robust intellectual in a world which appears to have little place for either. Although there is much more evidence here in support of that view than against it, the author made a reasonable attempt to present alternative views, and didn't baulk at examining the downside of Rowan's approach to his role as Archbishop of Canterbury. As another reviewer has pointed out, the account of the conduct of some of the operators behind the scenes in the CofE makes grim reading, though. I found some of the stories about Rowan's acts of personal kindness, and his clear modesty, loyalty and gift for friendship, tremendously moving.
I've already recommended Rowan's Rule to a number of colleagues and friends. Anyone with an interest in public life should read it - of any faith, or none.