SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Rowan Williams

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February 22, 2021
"Was there a clear call to the religious life, and if so did that entail becoming a Roman Catholic? Monasticism in the Anglican context was a reality, often an impressive one, but was it really rooted in the day-to-day practice of the Anglican Church? Looking back now, what comes most clearly into focus is that the Roman Catholics with whom I discussed this never exerted the least pressure; and I think of them as setting out to help me be a better Christian rather than to secure a convert."
June 12, 2020
David Jones, one of the foremost Catholic artists of the 20th century, might once have been regarded as an acquired taste; but things are changing fast. He is often hard work. His painting shifts from boldly modernistic renditions of landscapes – mostly Wales and suburban London – to ethereally delicate, almost transparent still life studies,
September 26, 2014
In this extract from his new book Rowan Williams argues that effective ritual is far from being a retreat to a comforting alternative world