Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop of Canterbury Hardcover – 24 Feb 2009
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"The Sunday Times"
"Written with the Archbishop's cooperation, this excellent biography of the Primate of all England is theologically heavyweight, psychologically perceptive, and sometimes strikingly critical. Indeed, the fact that Rowan Williams has cooperated with such a warts-and-all portrait tells you a great deal about him."
"An eminently fair-minded biography. . . . Rupert Shortt is exceptionally qualified for the task he has taken on."
John Habgood, former Archbishop of York
"A major piece of work, as acute and well-informed politically as it is theologically. The sympathetic portrait of Rowan Williams as a profound and inspiring man of God is not allowed to hide his practical and political weaknesses and inconsistencies, nor the inevitable conflicts between personal belief and public policy. Rupert Shortt is to be congratulated for this timely assessment of a remarkable, gifted, and much-maligned leader."
John Austin Baker in"Church Times"
"This biography is timely and welcome. . . . We can be grateful for a work that is strong on empathy, but also balanced and fair in its judgments. The style is eminently readable, without ever being trite."
A. N. Wilson in"The Times Literary Supplement"
"Rupert Shortt's book triumphantly justifies itself. This is not just an instant biography of someone who happens to be in the news. It is a serious and learned book with a specific theme. That theme is the survival of Christianity in our midst. . . . The voice of Rowan Williams is, for many of us, a very attractive one, and Rupert Shortt has explained why.""
Reviled and adored in equal measure, and constantly in the news for his controversial statements, this newly updated biography explores both the public and private sides of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Rowan Williams's criticisms of the excesses of market capitalism are discredited, in Shortt's mind, because he fails to acknowledge its benefits. This seems an odd idea of balance....and an even odder idea of the Archbishop's role. I suppose Jesus ought to have recognised the important contribution which the temple money-changers made to the economic viability of the temple before he threw them out. In the same area, the Archbishop's (and the church's) approach to the issue of growing social inequality is very briskly brushed aside by Shortt with the usual contentious 'trickle down' argument
Perhaps the oddest - and dare I say most preposterous - complaint by Rupertt Short is that, when criticising the conduct of America's and Britain's leaders over the invasion of Iraq and the so-called 'war on terror', Rowan Williams was insufficiently balanced (that word again) because he failed to condemn the terrorists.Read more ›