Paul writes – I’ve lately been reading quite a bit about, or by, the current Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, so at the outset of this book review, let me put my cards on the table: I appreciate Williams. He’s a person I find fascinating, inspiring, helpfully controversial, and always thought provoking (although at times his thinking can be almost impenetrable).
Williams walks a lonely and extremely difficult, yet in my view hopeful, middle ‘road’ between highly politicized and emotionally charged interest-groups seemingly intent on pulling a longstanding communion apart.
“He is a complex man who espouses complex views which are subtle to the point of being apophatic. He errs on the side of inclusivity. He strives to keep open theological options until they have been freely and fairly resolved. [Historical characters, from whom Williams finds encouragement] found ways to accommodate their differences and maintain unity in the Church” … “Community”, Williams believes, “is the primary expression of the Risen Christ.”
So writes Rev. Dr. Bryce McProud, the Episcopalian rector of St. Matthew’s church (catholic & evangelical) in Eugene, Oregon. He is the author of the fascinating little book (61 pages including bibliography), Common Experience and the Accommodation of Differences: The Foundation for Unity in Rowan Williams’ View of the Church (pub. Feb. 2005).
Review attached below: