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- Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
- Format: Hardback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 38mm | 522g
- Publication date: 8 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1408187582
- ISBN 13: 9781408187586
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 47,000
Archbishop Rowan Williams is the most gifted Anglican priest of his generation. His views are consistent and orthodox and yet he has been consistently misunderstood - especially in relation to his views on contemporary society, public morality and the common good. In this, the final published work of his Archepiscopate, Dr Williams has assembled a series of chapters on matters of immediate public concern and the relationship of Christianity to these issues. Among his topics are 'Has Secularism Failed?: Europe, Faith and Culture', 'Human Rights and Religious Faith', Changing the Myths We Live By', 'Housekeeping: The Economic Challenge', 'The Gifts Reserved for Age: Perceptions of the Elderly', and 'Analysing Atheism'.
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Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Canterbury. He was formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Archbishop of Wales.
The emphasis on religious pluralism as tolerance of differences combined with affirmation of one's non-negotiables opens up a positive area for dialogue; one's faith (or lack thereof) does not constitute an obstacle to mutual enlightenment and respect. Williams argues brilliantly for the relevance of both religion and politics, and the contribution of each to the other (133-4). -- Anthony J. Gittins Catholic Library World
Table of contents
Introduction Part One: Secularism and its Discontents 1. Has Secularism Failed? 2. Secularism, Faith and Freedom 3. Convictions, Loyalties and the Secular State 4. Law, Power and Peace 5. Europe, Faith and Culture 6. Religion, Culture, Diversity and Tolerance 7. The Spiritual and the Religious Part Two: Liberalism, Pluralism and Law 8. Multiculturalism: Friend or Foe? 9. Faith and Enlightenment 10. Pluralism and the Public and Religious Spheres 11. Religious Hatred and Religious Offence 12. Religious Faith and Human Rights 13. Human Rights and Religious Faith Part Three: Living within Limits: The Environment 14. Changing the Myths We Live By 15. Renewing the Face of the Earth: Human Responsibility and the Environment 16. Climate Crisis: Fashioning a Christian Response Part Four: Housekeeping: The Economic Challenge 17. Ethics, Economics and Global Justice 18. Theology and Economics: Two Different Worlds? Part Five: Justice in Community 19. Sustainable Communities 20. The Gifts Reserved for Age: Perceptions of the Elderly 21. Criminal Justice 22. Big Society-Small World? Part Five: Religious Diversity and Civil Agreement 23. Analysing Atheism: Unbelief and the World of Faith 24. Religious Diversity and Social Unity 25. Faith Communities in a Civil Society Part Six: Rediscovering Religion 26. Religious Lives Acknowledgements Index