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Wrestling with Angels: Conversations in Modern Theology Paperback – 30 May 2007
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Wrestling with Angles provides scholars with a meaningful collection of writings from an influential and authoritative church leader elaborating on the recent articulations of the person of Jesus and the ability of humanity to know God. --Heather Paige McDivitt, Wingate University, US
This book brings together a thoughtful collection of writings by Rowan Williams spanning the years between 1978 and 1998. They focus on his insightful engagement with a wide range of modern theologians and philosophers ranging from Vladimir Lossky, whose work was a key impetus early in Archibishop Williams career, through a range of classic figures including Hegel, Wittgenstein, Weil and Girard' --Anglican Episcopal World, 2007
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The subject matter does not relate to one specific topic or even theme. It ranges from Negativism to Metaphysics and each chapter is thus a discussion on its own. It is beyond the scope of the review to comment on or summarise the book. The reviewer also frankly admits that he certainly does not regard himself qualified to express an opinion on validity of the arguments as set out in the various chapters. The chapters are basically in the form of critiques by Williams on the writings of the theologians, including Vladimir Lossky, Karl Barth, Simone Weil and Georg Hegel.
The chapters largely contain subjective viewpoints from Williams on the various subjects. In many cases he expresses agreement with some of the viewpoints but also do not hesitate to differ from the authors. This reviewer, however, appreciates the way in which Williams treats the authors' works. He always shows the greatest respect for the author whose work he critiques. Although one can expect a religious person to display such an attitude, history has revealed that it is not necessarily always the case! Also, Williams continuously provides arguments for his viewpoints and although a reader does not have to agree with all his views and conclusions, at least there is sufficient explanation and groundwork for his arguments, supporting interpretation and evaluation.
It is this reviewer's opinion that that is probably the objective and biggest benefit of the book. It provides literature-founded and/or scripture-based and proper arguments on various subjects that should interest scholars and researchers in modern times and lends itself to readers exploring the various arguments and approaches while forming their own conclusions on the subjects.
Interestingly enough, many of the subjects, even though some are decades old, are still relevant in this day and age. A typical example will be chapter 8, dealing with war and the state. Although the writing largely revolves around the nuclear threat of the then Cold War, the arguments are relevant in today's scenarios where war continues to feature on most countries agendas, whether as participant, instigator, defendant or wary observer. Despite being written from a religious perspective, it will still be beneficial reading to anyone struggling with the concept of war as a human endeavour. Further subjects that this reviewer could easily relate to included politics and metaphysics (chapter 4), violence and society (chapter 9), realism (chapter 12) and evil (chapter 13). Moving closer to a more philosophical perspective, subjects like "being" (chapter 6), the existence of god (chapter 11) and to know oneself as part of humankind (chapter 10) are discussed. The book is obviously religious in nature, but deals with philosophers like Freud and other non-religious thinkers on equal foot, incorporating relevant thinking from any source where it can contribute to the discussion.
This reviewer found the book highly intellectual and challenging to read and understand. This is no book to read while relaxing just before falling asleep! As a matter of fact, this reviewer had to sit at a desk with pencil and highlighter to even start to grasp the content! Rowan Williams is an intelligent man with a passion for his cause. He must read and study and think continuously to be able to function at the level and capacity to produce writings of this stature. This reviewer confesses that he has not read any of the text that Williams deals with in the book and that is definitely a problem when reading the book. It is clear from Williams' writing style that he expects the reader to be knowledgeable about the theologians he engages with in his essays. With some effort and concentration a reader will be able to understand the context of the writing without having read the original author's work, but one certainly sacrifices some insight in such a case.
One definite conclusion for this reviewer was that Rowan Williams has a surprisingly practical approach to many of the subjects. While many of the authors he critiques, deals with a subject at a philosophical level (admittedly, many of the subjects are philosophical), Williams discusses it in such a way that it is possible to relate to it in a practical way, as one can encounter it in your normal day-to-day living. The following quote from the book confirms this observation: "Part of the task of a good theology and of a candid religious philosophy is, I believe, to reacquaint us with our materiality and mortality." (p.271). Williams has proven this statement throughout the book, an approach admired by this reviewer.
It is from personal experience, therefore, that this reviewer recommends this book only to serious scholars either of any of the specific authors dealt with in the publication or else of theology in general. Any reader should be prepared to read further and wider when selecting this book as reading material. The book is written by an intellectual for intellectuals (irrespective of how you define `intellectual'!). Although this reviewer acknowledges that he has learned a lot while reading the book, he has certainly not enjoyed the reading journey!
The book is well edited and has a catching cover illustration. It contains introductions from both the author and the editor. It is largely an academic book and complies with academic standards in that it contains full references and bibliographies to referenced works. It also has a useful index reflecting the main authors and individuals dealt with in the chapters. This reviewer found the binding to be not reader-friendly. It is a typical paperback binding and given the thickness of the book will not survive serious use and this book should be able to be left open and available while referencing another source. Its current binding does not lend itself to such treatment and a hard cover, stitched binding would have been more appropriate. Given the stature of the book, it is probably also warranted.