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The Occasional Theology and Constant Spirituality of Rowan Williams

Luke F. Fodor

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Rowan Williams is not only Archbishop of Canterbury, but also a world-class theologian. This essay explicates Williams’s theology by underscoring the substrate mystagogical impulse that invites his readers into a deeper engagement with the Christian faith. The impulse is explicitly present in his spiritual theology, where he encourages the reader to grow spiritually by dwelling in the place “where Christ stands,” as well as in his academic theology. It is my argument that this mystagogical impulse is manifest in the following characteristics of Williams’s theology: (1) it is embodied or incarnational; (2) it is public and political in nature; (3) it is purgative and progressive.

 
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