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5.0 out of 5 stars A magisterial biography, now even better., 25 Aug 2014
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This is a superb biography. The new chapters take the story of Rowan's time at Lambeth to their sad and perhaps inevitable conclusion. Shortt knows Church of England politics well and his account of the gruelling manoeuvres around women bishops and the Covenant are both deeply convincing and poignant. But it is not all doom and gloom in these chapters as the General Synod and the dioceses in the Church of England consistently defied Rowan's wishes. What is also here in the new chapters is a fascinating account of his spirituality,his teaching and his humanity with those who seek after God; also there is his deep and abiding theological influence, his costly support for Anglican provinces such as Zimbabwe and a shrewd analysis of his political views. The book conveys very well what a giant Rowan is. It is well worth buying for these chapters alone. Rowan has never been better portrayed and this biography will last for many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the extra chapters, 22 July 2014
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First published in 2008, this new edition includes an extra 100 pages to bring the story up to date, while including some fascinating material from earlier years by way of comparison. It really helps that Rupert Shortt has a sound grasp of both church politics and theology. He doesn't hold back in these extra chapters from outlining some of Rowan Williams' most profound thinking on Augustine. The balance is perfect between presenting facts, forming judgements, and leaving the reader with questions. Many called for +Rowan to be more politically shrewd and strategic, but would that have been possible without losing this: "...time and again people of very different backgrounds have observed that meeting the Archbishop left them with a thirst to pray more. It is a rare gift."
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