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A Ray of Darkness Paperback – 25 Jan 1995

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications,U.S. (25 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561011126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561011124
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Books of sermons, meditations, reflections, etc., that actually instruct the preacher are rare indeed. What is not so rare is that these books often arise from the distinguished Anglican tradition of theology and preaching. Rowan Williams new book, A Ray of Darkness, is one of them. It is a hefty collection of 45 pieces. The work is filled with sensitive theology, spirituality, and erudition. The book makes one want to be a better preacher. There is great variety in these pieces, but the variety, significantly, is largely in the range of occasions for which Williams is able to shape gospel. For example, there is a jewel of a short wedding sermon here, well worth emulation. There is a striking piece here on the relation between music and the gospel titled Keeping Time, preached, we are told, For the Three Choirs Festival. There is a profound university sermon preached at the outbreak of the Gulf War. There are what appear to be tributes to saints such as John Wesley, T. S. Eliot, and Michael Ramsey; but they are, instead, gospel statements, some would say sermons, framed in a highly original and provocative manner. One comes away from the volume wanting to speak on special occasions and charged with a new sense about how to do so. . . . Williams book treats each Scripture text like an old grime-covered window. For him, the preacher s task is to rub a small clearing on the window through which to peer, with face pressed to the glass, into an obscure and shadowy room. Sermons have a probing, searching quality when texts are treated in this manner. As to the difficult matters of doctrine and creed, Williams demonstrates how one can explore the metaphorical, even mythic, dimensions of creedal ideas while, at the same time, affirming those ideas in fresh form for the church s life and health.--Joseph Webb, the School of Theology at Claremont"

Books of sermons, meditations, 'reflections, ' etc., that actually instruct the preacher are rare indeed. What is not so rare is that these books often arise from the distinguished Anglican tradition of theology and preaching. Rowan Williams' new book, A Ray of Darkness, is one of them. It is a hefty collection of 45 pieces. The work is filled with sensitive theology, spirituality, and erudition. The book makes one want to be a better preacher. "There is great variety in these pieces, but the variety, significantly, is largely in the range of 'occasions' for which Williams is able to shape gospel. For example, there is a jewel of a short wedding sermon here, well worth emulation. There is a striking piece here on the relation between music and the gospel titled 'Keeping Time, ' preached, we are told, 'For the Three Choirs Festival.' There is a profound university sermon preached 'at the outbreak of the Gulf War.' There are what appear to be tributes to 'saints' such as John Wesley, T. S. Eliot, and Michael Ramsey; but they are, instead, gospel statements, some would say sermons, framed in a highly original and provocative manner. One comes away from the volume wanting to speak on 'special occasions' and charged with a new sense about how to do so. . . . "Williams' book treats each Scripture text like an old grime-covered window. For him, the preacher's task is to rub a small clearing on the window through which to peer, with face pressed to the glass, into an obscure and shadowy room. Sermons have a probing, searching quality when texts are treated in this manner. As to the difficult matters of doctrine and creed, Williams demonstrates how one can explore the metaphorical, even mythic, dimensions of creedal ideas while, at the same time, affirming those ideas in fresh form for the church's life and health.--Joseph Webb, the School of Theology at Claremont

About the Author

ROWAN WILLIAMS, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, was formerly Primate of the Church in Wales. He taught at both Oxford and Cambridge until 1991 when he was made Bishop of Monmouth. He is the author of Lost Icons, Writing in the Dust, Ponder These Things, Resurrection, The Truce of God, and Arius.


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