In the first post in this series, I claimed that Rowan Williams’ purpose in ‘The Body’s grace’ was to ask what the connection was between sex and the gospel. In the second post, I pointed to the brief sketch he gives in the lecture of the content of that gospel. That gospel, in Williams’ view, has to do with the good news that God freely loves us, and that God’s love calls us to (and frees us for) love of God. It also has to do with the ‘fellowship of Christ’s body’, in which we learn of God’s love for us, and in which we communicate God’s love for others.

Asking how sex relates to this gospel therefore means two things.

  1. Williams’ concern is above all with the connection of sex to sanctification – to the processes by which people are, by the grace of God, drawn into holiness. Holiness is a matter of being called out of, and freed from, all that stands against the love of God. It is a matter of being called to, and freed for, that love. It is a matter of being crucified, and of being raised to new life in Christ. ‘Holiness’ is, in Williams’ theology, a fundamentally dynamic category: to ask about holiness is to ask about whether a particular path leads deeper into the love of God, or leads away. Luther defined sin as a matter of being ‘curved in on oneself’ (incurvatus in se): a matter of being so focused on one’s own gain that the gifts of God (and even God Godself) are turned into objects subordinated to that purpose. Holiness is a matter of being untwisted from this sinfulness, and opened up to worship: to an outward-facing delight on God’s gifts and on God’s self. Williams does not use the language of ‘sin’ or ‘holiness’ in the lecture – quite deliberately, I suspect, in view of the fact that it is so easy to assume that we know what these terms mean in the realm of sexuality – but the concepts he uses here to describe sexual relationships are the ones that he elsewhere uses to describe the whole Christian life as a life of growth towards God. ‘The Body’s Grace’ would not, for instance, be out of place as an appendix to Williams’ The Wound of Knowledege.
  2. Williams concern is also fundamentally ecclesial. One could say that the question of Christian ethics is, ‘Does this build up the body?’ or ‘What makes this body more the body of Christ?’ To ask about the connection between sex and the gospel is to ask about the role of sexual relationships in the formation of the body of Christ – that body in which we learn of God’s love for us, and communicate God’s love for others. One (possibly surprising) way to get a grips with this aspect of Williams’ lecture is to notice his talk about communication (as when he says, for instance, that ‘the moral question … ought to be one of how much we want our sexual activity to communicate’), and mentally to translate it into Barthian terms. Barth opens his Church Dogmatics by saying:
    The Church confesses God as it talks about God. It does so first by its existence in the action of each individual believer… But as it confesses God the Church also confesses both the humanity and the responsibility of its action. It realises that it is exposed to fierce temptation as it speaks of God, and it realises that it must give an account to God for the way in which it speaks. (CD I/1, p.3, emphasis mine.)

    Williams’ lecture draws sexuality firmly into this realm: it too is part of that ‘action of each individual believer’ that ‘talks about God’. Williams’ question is not simply whether our sexual activity somehow conforms to or obeys the gospel, but whether in our sexual relationships we proclaim that gospel.

One of the claims of the lecture is that sex is not a topic we can ignore or treat casually, nor is it an aspect of our lives that we can easily tidy away, or ‘get right’ and then ignore. And that is not because Williams has bought some post-Freudian picture where everything is really about sex, but because he sees that sex is caught up in powerful and complicated ways in these matters of sanctification and proclamation – and those are the most serious games in town.

In ‘The Body’s Grace’, I have said, Rowan Williams asks what sex has to do with the Christian gospel. What does sex have to do, that is, with the God of Jesus Christ, and with how this God relates to God’s world?

After the long discussion of incidents from Paul Scott’s The Raj Quartet (to which we will be returning, never fear), there are two paragraphs in which Williams begins to show us how his answer to this question is going to work:

The whole story of creation, incarnation and our incorporation into the fellowship of Christ’s body tells us that God desires us, as if we were God, as if we were that unconditional response to God’s giving that God’s self makes in the life of the trinity. We are created so that we may be caught up in this; so that we may grow into the wholehearted love of God by learning that God loves us as God loves God.

The life of the Christian community has as its rationale – if not invariably its practical reality – the task of teaching us this: so ordering our relations that human beings may see themselves as desired, as the occasion of joy.

Later on he speaks about

learning about being the object of the causeless loving delight of God, being the object of God’s love for God through incorporation into the community of God’s Spirit and the taking-on of the identify of God’s child

I will have more to say about the content of this in due course, but for now I simply want to draw your attention to two aspects of it.

  1. This is, for Williams, a fairly straightforward retelling of the Christian gospel – the Christian good news. Anyone who knows his work even moderately well will recognise the familiar outlines of his account of the difficult gospel, costly grace, the free gift that demands everything. You could think of this as a rehearsal of the ‘rule of faith’: a sketch of the basic plot or framework that, as Williams sees it, holds the whole Christian story together. Trinity, creation, incarnation, incorporation into the body of Christ, the work of the Spirit, God’s unearned love, our growth into love – this, according to Williams, is the basic palette of colours from which the Christian picture is painted. Now, rhetorically, Williams assumes that this account of the Gospel is one that his audience will reocgnise – a bedrock on which he and his audience stand, and on which he can safely build his argument, rather than a platform to which he must hoist them by argument.
  2. This brief sketch of the gospel is not, however, simply an identical repetition of Williams’ standard presentation of the Gospel. It is a variation on a theme, or a riff played on a familiar melody. Williams chooses his words, his metaphors, so as to highlight the connections he is about to make to sexuality. Nevertheless, he does not present himself as importing those connections, but as drawing them out: the first quote I’ve given above, for instance, continues, ‘It is not surprising that sexual imagery is freely used, in and out of the Bible, for this newness of perception’. The connection to sexuality is already there in the scriptural and traditional material on which this sketch is based.

These two aspects suggest two further reflections:

  1. I suspect that, whatever might have been true of the lecture’s original audience, for many readers of this essay the sketch that Williams gives of the Christian message here will not be very familiar. Used to other frameworks for the telling of the Christian story – other plot summaries, in different idioms – those readers will perhaps suspect that this way of expressing the gospel is driven by the material on sexual relationships elsewhere in the article. That is, some readers might not recognise that William is anchoring his argument in an account of the gospel that precedes any of his reflections on sexual ethics – and that his description of sexual ethics is driven by his theology, rather than the other way around.
  2. It’s important to clear that first point up before moving on to the second, which qualifies it. I’m going to be coming back to this rather more at a later point (if all goes according to plan), but it seems to me that whilst Williams’ retelling of the gospel in this context follows the familiar lines of his theology without demur, the precise colour and tone given to that retelling by his wider discussion of sexual ethics does show us (and perhaps Williams) that familiar gospel in a new light. In other words, whilst the major movement of the article is to examine sexual relations in the light of the already known gospel, there is a minor reverse movement as well: an exploration of the gospel in the light of this investigation of sexual ethics. That’s going to prove to be important later on.

One last caveat before I close this post. I don’t mean to say that Williams is right. I’m not yet asking that question, and when I do I will have some questions to put to him. But – particularly in the current situation – it seems to me that the prior task is to strive for a charitable understanding of what Williams is saying, how his argument goes together, what the assumptions are, and so on. So you can expect quite a few more posts simply of exposition before we get to the questioning – but please don’t assume that this is intended as hagiography.

This is the first part of a planned series on homosexuality and the church. I’m planning to start with a sequence of posts on Rowan Williams’ famous essay, ‘The Body’s Grace’, and then walk slowly towards more ecclesiological matters.

Over on Faith and Theology, when Ben Myers suggested that Rowan Williams’ ‘The Body’s Grace’, was an example of a life-changing essay, one of the blog’s regular visitors, Shane, commented, ‘What was so great about “The Body’s Grace”? … I was disappointed by this essay – there is one central question in the debate about homosexuality (whatever one’s anwer to it): What does God command me to do? Williams spends the entire essay attempting not to raise that question.’ In a comment to another post, he put the same point again, ‘As far as I’m concerned it’s a straightforward example of why the Anglican church is in the crisis it is in today – Williams is just dodging the central question over and over again. The central question is this: Is homosexuality good, bad or indifferent from God’s perspective?’

Those comments are not the main reason for starting this series of posts, but they do provide a useful starting point – by being exactly wrong.

Williams opens ‘The Body’s Grace’ with the questions, Why does sex matter? and, What does it have to do with God? As he goes on, it becomes clear that he is asking, What on earth do sexual relationships have to do with the Christian gospel?

Albeit in a different theological idiom, Williams is precisely asking, What does God command? He is asking, What difference does it make to see sexual relationships in the light of God’s word to the world in Christ? How does seeing sexuality in that light allow us to understand both what can be right about sex, and what can be wrong? How does the gospel enable us to get a truly Christian clarity about sexual ethics?

This strategy is, it seems to me, based on several related assumptions.

  1. The gospel – the good news spoken by God to the world in Jesus Christ – is God’s command. To put it the other way around, the command of God is not extraneous to the gospel – as if God, while saving us in Christ by the Spirit, said, ‘Oh, and there’s another, unrelated thing I wanted to talk to you about…’
  2. The connection between gospel and command is intelligible. That is, it is possible for us by attending to the Gospel to understand how and why we are commanded – and such understanding is the fundamental task of Christian ethics.
  3. The gospel so understood provides the criterion by which we discover what truly is a binding command upon us. Faced, for instance, with a range of biblical commands about slavery, women, usury, polygamy, and sexual relationships, the fundamental theological question is not, ‘Which of these is culturally conditioned?’ but ‘How, if at all, do these matters relate to the gospel?’ Theological ethics is a matter, we might say, of taking every thought captive to Christ.
  4. Because this attention to the gospel is the fundamental task of Christian ethics, any approach that simply stops with the apparent demands we find in Scripture, without asking whether and how they connect to the gospel, fails to take the command of God seriously.
  5. If there is some intelligible connection between the gospel and sexual relationships, there would be a binding Christian sexual ethic (a command of God regarding sexual behaviour) even if there were no passages in Scripture that explicitly treated sexual matters.

I realise that I have as yet left the term ‘gospel’ vague. But we’re only just getting started…

I had completely forgotten when I posted my bibliography of Rowan Williams’ works that some material that Matheson Russell had shared with me was being prepared for publication in a book of essays on Williams that he is editing.

Matheson has been extremely nice about the whole thing, and hasn’t called me any of the nasty names I deserve – but, in any case, all is not lost: he continued working on his bibliography after the early version he sent me, and he has managed to find several things I had overlooked. So if you want a more comprehensive (and clearer and better organised) bibliography of Rowan Williams’ work than mine, and one that does not stop in 2005, you should get your pre-orders in for Matheson Russell (ed.), On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, forthcoming). It should be out in a month or two, and you should regard my bibliography as no more than an appetite-whetter for his.

The Guardian on Tuesday had a profile of Rowan Williams, full of comment on his suitability to lead the Anglican Communion in its current crisis.

The tone is set by a quote from an unnamed ‘archbishop from outside the church [of England]‘ saying, amongst other things, ‘He looks for consensus where there is none…’ And this is an incredibly resilient motif in comment on the current situation: Rowan Williams is, apparently, beset by a naïve belief that everyone could get along if they sat down quietly and talked about it all, and he keeps on acting as if that were a possibility, refusing to take the bull by one or other of its pointy horns.

Yeah, right.

The whole strategy of Williams and of those who have been working closely with him has been to find a way forward that (however sadly) takes it for granted that there is at present no consensus, and that there is no consensus waiting ready in the wings. Instead, he and others have asked how the Anglican Communion can develop a structure that will allow it to admit that there are presently irreconcilable differences, that no reconciliation of those differences is yet visible on the horizon, that they are indeed serious enough differences to prevent any kind of full communion between the differing parties (rather than being matters on which we can simply agree to differ) – but that they are not differences so fundamental as to mean that there must be a complete separation into two or more distinct Communions.

Of course, GAFCON and others think this is a disastrous strategy, a product of Williams’ insipid weakness. Instead, they think that there are irreconcilable differences between them and their opponents within the Communion, that there is no resolution to these differences visible on the horizon, that these differences are so serious as to prevent any kind of full communion between them and their opponents – but that they have not reached a point where their only way forward is to break away and form a separate Commmunion.

Oh, wait a minute…

Some acknowledgments: I’ve shamelessly cribbed bibliographic bits and pieces from Matheson Russell and Jeffrey McCurry, who were each kind enough to exchange working bibliographies with me at an earlier stage.

[Edit: I had completely forgotten when I posted this that the bibliographical material Matheson Russell shared with me was being prepared for publication in a book of essays on Williams that he's editing. Matheson has been extremely nice about the whole thing, and hasn't called me any of the nasty names I deserve - but, in any case, all is not lost: he continued working on his bibliography after the early version he sent me, and he has managed to find several things I had overlooked. So if you want a more comprehensive (and clearer and better organised) bibliography of Rowan Williams' work than mine, and one that does not stop in 2005, you should get your pre-orders in for Matheson Russell (ed.), On Rowan Williams: Critical Essays (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, forthcoming). It should be out in a month or two, and you should regard my bibliography as no more than an appetite-whetter for his.]

[For some acknowledgments, and an important note, please see this post. See also 1972–1979 (with an explanation), 1980–1985, 1986-1990, 1991-1995, 1996-2000, and 2001-2003. NB: This is as far as I'm going for now.]



2004a     Anglican Identities, London: DLT; including ‘Introduction’, pp.1-8; 1998h, 2000d, 1993f, 1993g, 2001h, 1995d, 2002i, 2003d

2004b     Dialogues with the Archbishop of Canterbury and global experts on governance, economy, environment and health, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, September 8, 15, 21, 30; transcripts of the four dialogues available online at; published as Edmund Newell and Claire Foster (eds), The Worlds We Live in: Dialogues with Rowan Williams on Global Economics and Politics, London DLT

Lectures and Articles

2004c     ’Analyzing Atheism: Unbelief and the World of Faiths’, a Pacem in Terris lecture at Georgetown University, 29 March; and; reproduced in Michael Ipgrave (ed.) Bearing the Word: Prophecy in Biblical and Qur’anic Perspective, London: Church House Publishing, 2005, pp.1–12

2004d     ’Augustine and the Psalms’, Interpretation 58.1 (January), 17-27

2004e     ’Belief, Unbelief, and Religious Education’, Downing Street, 8 March; available online at and

2004f     ’Balthasar on the Trinity’ in Edward T. Oakes and David Moss, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar (New York: Cambridge, 2004), pp.37-50 (Am)

2004g     ’Theology in the Twentieth Century’ in Ernest Nicholson, A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, British Academy Centenary Monographs, Oxford: OUP, pp.237-252

2004h     CEFACS (Centre for Anglican Communion Studies) Lecture, Birmingham, Wednesday 3 November; available online at

2004i     ’Changing the Myths We Live By’, Environment Lecture, 5 July; available online at; also printed in Sourozh 97 (August), pp.16-26

2004j     ’Children at War’, a lecture given at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London, Wednesday 29 September; available online at

2004k     ’The Christian Priest Today’, lecture on the occasion of the 150 th Anniversary of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, 28 May 2004;; printed in Glory Descending, pp.163-175

2004l     Address at al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo, Saturday 11 September; available online at; printed as ‘Christians and Muslims before the one God’, in Irfan Omar (ed.), Islam and Other Religions: Pathways to Dialogue, London / New York: Routledge, 2006, pp.175-180

2004m     ’Community Well-Being’ Rose Street Methodist Centre, Wokingham, 30 July;

2004n     ’Convictions, Loyalties, and the Secular State’, Chatham Lecture, Trinity College, Oxford, Friday 29 October; available online at

2004o     ’The Courage not to Abstain from Speaking: Monasticism, Culture and the Modern World in the Public Interventoins of a Disturbing Monk’, paper presented at Italian Merton Conference, Bose, Italy; published in The Merton Journal 12.1 (Eastertide 2005), 8-18

2004p     ’The Creed and the Eucharist in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries’, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, 11 March;

2004q     ’Holy Land and Holy People’, lecture to the 5 th International Sabeel Conference, Jerusalem (in absentia),

2004r     ’Internationalism and Beyond’, Speech on the occasion of a fund raising dinner for the Anglican Observer to the United Nations, Connecticut, USA, 18 June 2004; available online at

2004s     The Nicholas Hinton Lecture, given at the AGM of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, 17 November; available online at

2004t     ’The Lutheran Catholic’, Ramsey Lecture, Durham Cathedral, 23 November;; printed in Glory Descending, pp.211-222

2004u     ’Religious Lives’, Romanes Lecture, Oxford, 18 November;

2004v     ’Theology in the Face of Christ’, address given to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Archbishop Michael Ramsey, 4 October;; reprinted in Glory Descending, pp.176-187

2004w     ’Thoughts on the Resurrection’, Sermon delivered at Great St Mary’s, Cambridge; Great St Mary’s Papers 12

2004x     House of Lords Speech on Criminal Justice – the Social Purpose of Sentencing, 26 March;; full debate:

2004y     Keynote Address at ‘Mission-Shaped Church’ conference, 23 June 2004; available online at,%20Mission-Shaped%20Church%20conference.doc

2004z     Keynote Address at the Methodist Conference, 28 June 2004;

2004aa     A lecture given at a conference on ‘The place of Covenant in Judaism, Christianity and Jewish-Christian relations’ Centre for the Study of Jewish Christian Relations, Cambridge, 6 December;

Sermons and Speeches

2004ab     Sermon at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Amman, Jordan, 26 January;

2004ac     Sermon at Ecumenical Service at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, 27 January;

2004ad     General Synod: interventions in the debates on (i) the Agenda, 9 Feb (, (ii) ‘Mission-Shaped Church’, 10 Feb (, the (iii) Future use of the Church Commissioners’ Funds, 11 Feb (, (iv) Telling the Story: Being Positive About HIV/AIDS, 12 Feb (, (v) The Gift of Authority, 13 Feb (, (vi) Asylum, 13 Feb (; also (vii) Welcome to the Secretary of State for International Development, 12 Feb (

2004ae     Sermon at Southwark Cathedral, 12 February;

2004af     Sermon at Service to Celebrate the Bicentenary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, St Paul’s Cathedral, 8 March;

2004ag     Remarks at opening of St Cecilia’s Church of England School, Wandsworth, 23 March; available online at

2004ah     Meditations for Easter Morning, Canterbury Cathedral, 11 April;

2004ai     Easter Sermon, Canterbury Cathedral, 11 April;

2004aj     Sermon for John Mere’s Commemoration, St Benet’s Church, Cambridge, 20 April;

2004ak     Sermon at Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate 350 Years of Peace and Friendship Between the UK and Sweden, The Swedish Church, London, 28 April;

2004al     Remarks at Official Opening of the Waltham Forest Credit Union, 5 May; available online at

2004am     Address at Church of Ireland General Synod, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, 11 May 2004;

2004an     Sermon to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women, 16 May;

2004ao     Sermon at the 350th Festival Service of the Son of the Clergy Corporation, 18 May;

2004ap     Sermon at Eucharist Marking the 1400th Anniversary of the Re-Organisation of the Diocese of London, 22 May;

2004aq     Sermon on the Occasion of the National Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 31 May;

2004ar     Sermon at the Temple Church, 17 June;

2004as     Oxford University Commemoration Day Sermon, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, 20 June;

2004at     Sermon at Church Army Commissioning Service, Sheffield, 8 July;

2004au     General Synod: interventions in the debates on (i) Clergy Discipline (Doctrine), 10 July (, (ii) Rethinking Sentencing, 11 July (, and (iii) Trade Justice, 12 July (

2004av     Address at the Scottish Episcopal Church Provincial Conference, 3 September,

2004aw     Service to mark the 175th anniversary of King’s College, London, Westminster Abbey, 19 October,

2004ax     Evensong address given to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 31 October,; reprinted in Glory Descending, pp.241-244

2004ay     Address at Service to Mark the 300th Anniversary of Queen Anne’s Bounty, 4 November, Westminster Abbey,

2004az     Sermon at Rochester Cathedral on the occasion of the 1400 anniversary celebrations, 10 November,

2004ba     Sermon given in Truro Cathedral at the launch of the New Testament in Cornish, 28 November,

2004bb     Christmas Message, Friday 17 December;

2004bc     Christmas Sermon, Canterbury Cathedral, 25 December;

2004bd     New Year Message, Friday 31 December, Tate Modern, London;

Introductions and Forewords

2004be     ’Foreword’ in The Archbishops’ Council, Mission-Shaped Church: Church Planting and Fresh Expressions of Church in a Changing Context, London: Church House Publishing, p.vii; available online at

2004bf     ’Foreword’ in Stephen Batalden, Kathleen Cann and John Dean, Sowing the Word: The Cultural Impact of the British and Foreign Bible Society 1804-2004, Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2004, p.x

2004bg     ’Foreword’ in Robert Beaken, Beginning to Preach: A Practical Guide to Preaching Well, London: Tufton Books (Church Union)

2004bh     ’Foreword’ in Anne Cluysenaar and Norman Schwenk, The Hare That Hides Within: Poems about St. Melangell, Aberteifi, Parthian

2004bi     ’Introduction’ in Tom Devonshire-Jones (ed.), Presence: Images of Christ for the Third Millennium, Guidebook to accompany BibleLands Exhibition, High Wycombe: BibleLands; extracts reprinted as ‘Imitations of Christ’ in The Guardian, Jan 31,,11710,1135472,00.html

2004bj     ’Afterword’ in Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells (eds), Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics. Malden, MA / Oxford / Carlton, Australia: Blackwell, pp.495-498

2004bk     ’Foreword’ in John Henstridge, Transforming the Ordinary: Bible Meditations for Every Day, Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship; available online at

2004bl     ’Foreword’ in Clifford S Hill, The Wilberforce Connection, Oxford: Monarch, pp.11-12

2004bm     ’Afterword’ in Jeremy Martineau (ed.) Changing Rural Life: A Christian Response to Life and Work in the Countryside, Norwich: Canterbury

2004bn     ’Foreword’ in Charles Richardson (ed.), This is Our Calling, London SPCK

2004bo     ’Foreword’ in Geoffrey Rowell and Christine Hall (eds), The Gestures of God: Explorations in Sacramentality, London: Continuum, 2004, pp.xiii-xiv

Book Reviews

2004bp     ’A near miraculous triumph’, review of Nicholas Wright’s National Theatre production of Philip Pullman’s His dark materials, The Guardian, Wednesday March 10;,6000,1166271,00.html

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

2004bq     ’Athanasius and the Arian Crisis’ and ‘Origen’ in GR Evans, ed., The First Christian Theologians, Oxford; Blackwell, pp.157-167

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2004br     Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Windsor Report, Monday 18 October; available online at


2004bs     ’Am I happy? No…Life isn’t like that’, interview with Mary Ann Sieghart, The Times, 26 May; available online at

2004bt     ’Just Williams’, the Archbishop of Canterbury talks to Roy Hattersley about Tony Blair, war and God, The Observer 11 July;

2004bu     Transcript of an interview with John Humphrys for BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, following the Beslan school tragedy, 4 September;


2004bv     Letter Sent to Archbishop Robin Eames on Publication of the Windsor Report, Friday 15 October; available online at

2004bw     Archbishop’s Advent Pastoral Letter to Primates and Moderators of the United Churches, Saturday 27 November; available online at



2005a     ’Grace, Necessity and Imagination: Catholic Philosophy and the Twentieth Century Artist’, Clark Lectures, Trinity College, Cambridge, Jan/Feb/Mar; available online at,,, and; published (with a new introduction) as Grace and Necessity:Reflections on Art and Love, London: Continuum, 2005; sometimes with subtitle Towards a New Theology for the 21st Century

Books (edited and translated)

2005b     (with Douglas Dales, Geoffrey Rowell, John Habgood) Glory Descending: Michael Ramsey and his Writings, Canterbury Studies in Spiritual Theology, Norwich: Canterbury / Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; includes ‘The Christian Priest Today’ (2004j), pp.163-175, ‘Theology in the Face of Christ’ (2004s), pp.176-187, ‘The Lutheran Catholic’ (2004q), pp.211-222, and ‘True Glory’ (2004av), pp.241-244

Articles and Lectures

2005c     ’Becoming Trustworthy: Respect and Self-Respect’, Temple Address, Church House, 10 November;

2005d     ’The Care of Souls’, editorial in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 11.1 (January), pp.4-5

2005e     ’Christianity, Islam, and the Challenge of Poverty’, lecture given at the Bosniak Institute, Sarajevo, 18 May;

2005f     ’Creation, Creativity and Creatureliness: the Wisdom of Finite Existenc’, the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality, Oxford, 5 April;

2005g     ’Ecology and Economy’, University of Kent, Canterbury, 8 March;

2005h     ’Is Europe at its End?’, Forum Debate, Sant’Egidio International Meeting of Prayer for Peace – Palais de Congress, Lyons, 12 September;

2005i     ’Formation: Who’s Bringing up our Children?’, Citizen Organising Foundation lecture, Queen Mary College, University of London, Mile End, 11 April;; published in Sewanee Theological Review 48.4 (Michaelmas), pp.379-386

2005j     ’The Gifts Reserved for Age: Perceptions of the Elderly’, lecture to mark the Centenary of Friends of the Elderly, Church House, Westminster, 6 September;

2005k     ’God’ in David F. Ford, Ben Quash and Janet Martin Soskice, Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century, Cambridge: CUP, pp.75-89

2005l      ’The Influence of History in Public Life’, a British Academy/Oxford Dictionary of National Biography seminar with Peter Hennessy, Quentin Skinner and Baroness O’Neill, 19 October; audio available at

2005m     ’Law, Power and Peace: Christian Perspectives on Sovereignty’, David Nicholls Memorial Lecture, The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, 25 September,

2005n     ’The Media: Public Interest and Common Good’, lecture delivered at Lambeth Palace, 15 June;

2005o     ’The Mission for L’Arche Today’, address at L’Arche International Federation Meeting, Assisi, 29 May;

2005p     ’One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church’, address to the 3rd Global South to South Encounter Ain al Sukhna, Egypt, 28 October;; subsequent question and answer session transcribed at

2005q     ’Religion, Culture, Diversity and Tolerance – Shaping the New Europe’, address at the European Policy Centre, Brussels, 7 November,

2005r     ’Richard Hooker (c1554-1600): The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity Revisited’, The Richard Hooker Lecture, Temple Church, London, 26 October;

2005s     ’Sustainable Communities’, lecture at Chatham, 16 March;

2005t     ’What is Christianity?’, lecture given at the international Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, 23 November;

Sermons and Speeches

2005u     Address at the installation of Kenneth Kearon as Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Anglican Communion Office, London, 18 January;

2005v     Contibution to House of Lords Debate on Africa, Millennium Development Goals, and Causes of Conflict, 2 February;

2005w     Sermon at Eucharist Service, General Synod, London, 16 February;

2005x     General Synod, 16-17 February: Speech moving motion on Women in the Episcopate, Parts 1 and 2, 16 Febraury ( and; contributions to Take Note debate on the theology of Women in the Episcopate, 16 February (, on the Windsor Report, 17 February (, and on the Environment, 17 February (

2005y     Sermon at Evensong in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, 22 February;

2005z      Contribution to press conference at Primate’s Meeting, Dromantine Conference Centre near Newry, Northern Ireland, February 25; audio available at (RW’s remarks at 12:14)

2005aa     Easter Message to Anglican Communion, 22 March;

2005ab     Thought for the Day, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, 25 March,

2005ac     Easter Sermon, Canterbury Cathedral, 27 March;

2005ad     Sermon at 60 th anniversary of Christian Aid, St Paul’s Cathedral, 26 April;

2005ae     Sermon at ‘Tsunami 2004: A Service of Remembrance’, St Paul’s Cathedral, 11 May;

2005af     Speech given at a reception at the conclusion of the 4th Building Bridges Christian-Muslim Dialogue, 18 May;

2005ag     Presidential Address, Anglican Consultative Council, Nottingham, 20 June;; audio available at

2005ah     Sermon at the Diocesan Celebration for the 13th Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council, Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, 26 June;; video available at

2005ai     Sermon at Southwark Diocese Centenary Eucharist, Lambeth Palace, 2 July;

2005aj     Thought for the Day, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, 8 July;

2005ak     Sermon at service of prayer and thanksgiving to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, Westminster Abbey, 10 July;

2005al     Presidential Address, General Synod, York, 11 July;

2005am     Sermon at enthronement of Bernard Ntahoturi as Archbishop of Burundi, 15 July;

2005an     Address at opening ceremony Sant’Egidio International Meeting of Prayer for Peace – Palais de Congress, Lyons, 11 September;

2005ao     Speech at Confirmation of Election of John Sentamu, St Mary-le-Bow, London, 5 October;

2005ap     Sermon at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, 9 October;

2005aq     Tribute at Memorial Service for Brother Roger of Taizé, Westminster Cathedral, 14 October;

2005ar     ’Pause for Thought’, Terry Wogan, Radio 2, 18 October, – transcript missing, but also available at, p.67

2005as     Sermon at Service of Remembrance for the victims of the London bombings, St Paul’s Cathedral, 1 November;

2005at     General Synod, 15-16 November: (i) remarks at opening session, 15 November (; (ii) speech moving the loyal address, 16 November (; (iii) farewell tribute to the Bishop of Oxford, 16 November (; and contributions to debates on (iv) terrorism, 15 November (, (v) Episcopacy in the Church of England, 16 November (, and (vi) the Review of Clergy Terms of Service, 16 November (

2005au     Presidential Address, General Synod, London, 16 November,

2005av     ’Christmas tells us why people matter’, Remarks delivered at the switching on of the Lambeth Council Christmas lights, 1 December;

2005aw     Sermon at Centenary Service for Diocese of Birmingham, 4 December;

2005ax     ’Fresh expressions’, BBC Local Radio, 8 December; transcript:

2005ay     ’Pause for Thought’, Terry Wogan, Radio 2, 19 December;

2005az     Christmas Day sermon, Canterbury Cathedral;

2005ba     New Year Message, 31 December;

2005bb     ’Being Biblical Persons’ in Anthony Dancer (ed.), William Stringfellow in Anglo-American Perspective, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, pp.184–187

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2005bc     ’Of course this makes us doubt God’s existence’, The Sunday Telegraph, 2 July;; also available as ‘The Asian Tsunami’,

2005bd     ’Does a right to assisted death entail a responsibility on others to kill?’, The Times, 20 January;; also available at

2005be     ’Why abortion challenges us all’, The Sunday Times, 20 March;

2005bf     ’Easter – the awkward time of year’, The Daily Telegraph, 26 March;

2005bg     ’A planet on the brink’, The Independent on Sunday, 17 April;; also available at

2005bh     ’Forget the tea and cakes. How the Mothers’ Union is riding to the rescue of Africa’, The Independent on Sunday, 7 August;; also available at

2005bi     Contributions to Radio 3′s Bach Experience, December;

Introductions and Forewords

2005bj     ’Foreword’ in Church of England Mission and Public Affairs Council, Sharing God’s planet: A Christian Vision for a Sustainable Future, London: Church House Publishing, pp.vii–viii; full text of report available online at; foreword only at

2005bk     ’Foreword’ in Creston Davis, John Milbank and Slavoj Žižek (ed.), Theology and the Political: the New Debate, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp.1-6

2005bl     ’Foreword’ in Duncan J. Dormor, et al., eds., Anglicanism: the Answer to Modernity (London: Continuum, 2005)

2005bm     ’Foreword’ in Fynn, Mister God this is Anna, 30th anniversary edition, London: HarperCollins; available online at, pp.1-4

2005bn     ’Foreword’ in Michael Hampson, Head versus Heart – and our Gut Reactions: The 21st Century Enneagram; Mapping the Different Ways we Engage with the World, Wincester: O Books, p.5

2005bo     ’Foreword’ in Chris Keating, Work and Prayer, New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2005 / London: Continuum, 2006

Book Reviews

2005bp     Review of Matthew Grimley, Citizenship, Community and the Church of England: Liberal Anglican Theories of the State Between the Wars, Oxford: Clarendon, 2004, The English Historical Review 120 (June), pp.801-3

2005bq     ’Books of the year’, TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, Dec 2;,,25771-1928241,00.html


2005br     ’Belief and Theology: Some Core Questions: Rowan Williams’ in Rupert Shortt, God’s Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation, London: DLT / Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005, pp.1-23

2005bs     Interview with Episcopal News Service at the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Nottingham, June; video available at

2005bt     Pakistan Sunday Programme, 27 November

2005bu     Interview with Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 5, December 6;


2005bv     Text of the Advent Letter sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Moderators of the United Churches, 5 December;

2005bw     Reflections in memory of Sergei Hackel;

[For some acknowledgments, and an important note, please see this post. See also 1972–1979 (with an explanation), 1980–1985, 1986-1990, 1991-1995, and 1996-2000]



2001a     ’Spirit in the Desert’, the John Main Seminar (World Community for Christian Meditation), Sydney; published as Silence and Honeycakes: The Wisdom of the Desert, including a transcript of the question and answer session, pp.99-116, Oxford: Lion, 2003; reprinted as Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another and Other Lessons from the Desert Fathers, without question and answer session but with Laurence Freeman (ed.) ‘The Monastic Wisdom of the Christian Desert: A Selection of Sayings’, 123-162, Boston: New Seeds, 2005; also available as audio tapes of the original seminar:


2001b     Remembering Jerusalem, Oxford: Perpetua Press; all poems subsequently included in The Poems of Rowan Williams, 2002.

Books (translated and edited)

2001c     (ed.) John Henry Newman, The Arians of the Fourth Century, The Works of Cardinal John Henry Newman, vol. 4 (Birmingham Oratory Millennium edn, ed. James Tolhurts); Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001, including (i) ‘Introduction’ and (ii) ‘Editor’s Notes’, pp.xiv-xlvii, pp.475-505

2001d     (ed. with Geoffrey Rowell and Kenneth E Stevenson) Love’s Redeeming Work: The Anglican Quest for Holiness, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, including, with Geoffrey Rowell and Kenneth E Stevenson, ‘General Introduction’ and ‘Part 1: Introduction’

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

2001e     Words and Music: the Welsh experience (Festival Lecture), Llanelwy: Patrons of the North Wales International Music Festival and Coleg Harlech, 2001

Articles and Lectures

2001f     ’Beyond Liberalism’, Political Theology 3.1 (November), pp.64-73;

2001g     ’The Child and the Whiteness’ in New Welsh Review 51 (Remebering R.S. Thomas) (Winter 2000-2001), pp.6-7

2001h     ’Defining Heresy’, in Alan Kreider (ed.) The Origins of Christendom in the West, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001, pp.313-335

2001i     ’The Fate of Liberal Anglicanism’, lecture delivered at Westcott House, Cambridge; printed in Anglican Identities, pp.73-86

2001j     ’A History of Faith in Jesus’, in Marcus Bockmuehl (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Jesus, Cambridge: CUP, pp.220-236

2001k     ’The Landscape of Faith’, address at the National Eisteddfod, 8 August; (transcript

2001l     ’On Globalisation’, Address to the Christian Association of Business Executives; transcript available at

2001m     ’Preface to the Second Edition’ and ‘Arius Since 1987′ in Arius: Heresy and Tradition, 2 nd edn, London: SCM

2001n     ’Reformed Characters: Rediscovering a Common Tradition’ in Epworth Review 28:2

2001o     ’What Does Love Know: St Thomas on the Trinity’, The Aquinas Lecture, Oxford, Jan 24 th, published in New Blackfriars 82.964 (June), pp.260-272

Sermons and Speeches

2001p     ’Easter Message 2001′; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp45-47

2001q     ’Presidential Address’ [to Church in Wales Governing Body], 20 September; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.51-58

2001r     ’Christmas Message 2001′; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp59-60

2001s     ’Buried Truth’, ‘Inhabiting the ruins’, ‘Let a child be a child’ and ‘The shadow of a crucifix’ in Darkness Yielding: Angles on Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, WH Vanstone, Sylvia Sands, Martin Percy and Jim Cotter, Harlech: Cairns; reprinted as Darkness Yielding: Liturgies, Prayers and Reflections for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, Norwich: Canterbury, 2008

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

2001t     ’Incarnation 2′ and ‘Inspiration’ in Erwin Fahlbusch, et al. (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Christianity, vol. 2, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans [check German original?]

Introductions and Forewords

2001u     Foreword in Una Kroll, Anatonmy of Survival: Steps on a Personal Journey Towards Healing, London: Continuum (Mowbrays), 2001

2001v     ’Foreword’ in Mark Pryce (ed.), Literary Companion to the Lectionary: Readings Throughout the Year, London: SPCK

2001w     ’Introduction’ in Michael Woodward (ed.) That Mysterious Man: Essays on Augustine Baker OSB 1575-1641, Abergavenny: Three Peaks

Book Reviews

2001x     Review of David Brown, Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change, Oxford: OUP, 1999 in Theology 104:822, pp.452-453

2001y     Review of Daniel B Clendenin, Eastern Orthodox Christianity: A Western Perspective (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1994) and Eastern Orthodox Theology: A Contemporary Reader (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1995), and Judith Deutsch Kornblatt and Richard F. Gustafson (eds.) Russian Religious Thought (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996), Religion, State & Society 29.3 (September), pp.247-248

2001z     Review of Rudolf Lorenz, Das vierte Jahrhundert (Osten), Die Kirche in ihrer Geschichte: Ein Handbuch (ed. Bernd Moeller), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprevht, 1992, Journal of Theological Studies 52.1, p.364

2001aa     Review of ‘Books’ with Clifford Longley, Linda Hogan, Shirley Du Boulay, Tina Beattie, Anthony Harvey, Paul Hypher, Henry Wansbrough, Michael Morton and David Forrester, The Tablet 255, no 8386

2001ab     Review of ‘Books’ with Mark Oakley, Walter Schwarz, Alan Webster, James Le Fanu, Robert Tanitch and Lucy Lethbridge, The Tablet 255, no 8409, pp.1604-9


2001ac     On Belief with Joan Bakewell, Radio 3, 3 December; audio available at; transcript published in Joan Bakewell, Belief, London: Gerald Duckworth and Co., 2005, pp.72–83


2001ad     Note on September 11, Anglican World, Michaelmas, London: Anglican Communion; printed as ‘Comments made in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre, New York, 11 September 2001′ in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.49-50

2001ae     ’Profile: Frances Young’ in Epworth Review 28:1; reprinted in RS Sugirtharajah (ed.), Wilderness: Essays in Honour of Frances Young, Library of New Testament Studies, London, Continuum, 2005, pp.1-9



2002a     Ponder These Things: Praying with Icons of the Virgin, Franklin, Wis: Sheed & Ward, Norwich: Canterbury

2002b     Writing in the Dust:Reflections on 11th September and its Aftermath, London: Hodder & Stoughton; American edition: Writing in the Dust: After September 11, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; note that extracts appear in various places: e.g., ‘War as We Know It: False Dramas, True’, Christian Century 119.4 (Feb), pp.7-8; ‘For God’s Sake, Stop this Talk of War’, The Guardian, Jan 21; (with correction in Corrections and Clarifications, Jan 24:; ‘End of War’, The South Atlantic Quarterly 101.2 (Spring 2002), pp.267-78; in Stanley Hauerwas and Frank Lentricchia (eds), Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003, pp.25–36

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

2002c     ’From William Temple to George Herbert: Anglican Origins – Prayer and Holiness’, Seminar for the Institute of Spiritual Studies, St Peter’s, Eastern Hill, Melbourne, 25 May; available online at and published as Christian Imagination in Poetry and Polity: Some Voices from Temple to Herbert, London: SLG, 2004

2002d     ’Living Baptismally’ and ‘Living Eucharistically’, the St Peter’s Public Lectures at Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 14 and 16 May; published as Sacramental Living, Trinity Papers no.32 ( Trinity_Paper_No._32_-_Williams.pdf)


2002e     Poems of Rowan Williams, Oxford: Perpetua Press (including all poems from 1994b, After Silent Centuriesand 2001a, Remembering Jerusalem; see also 1997b)

Articles and Lectures

2002f     ’Bonhoeffer and the Poets’ in Elizabeth Templeton (ed.), Travelling with Resilience: Essays for Alastair Haggart, Edinburgh: Scottish Episcopal Church

2002g     ’Community, Opportunity, and “Political Virtue” – An Agenda for the Bevan Foundation’ in Bevan Foundation Review, 1 (Autumn), pp.40-42

2002h     ’The Deflections of Desire: Negative Theology in Trinitarian Disclosure’ in Oliver Davies and Denys Turner (eds) Silence and the Word: Negative Theology and Incarnation, Cambridge: CUP

2002i     ’Honest to God in Great Britain’ in John A.T. Robinson, Honest to God (Fortieth Anniversary Edition), Louisville: WJKP, pp.163-83; reprinted in Anglican Identities, pp.103-120

2002j     ’“Is it the same God?” Reflections on Continuity and Identity in Religious Language” in John H. Whittaker (ed.), The Possibilities of Sense, London: Palgrave, pp.204-218

2002k     ’Looking for Jesus and Finding Christ’ paper presented at the Claremont Conference on the Phhilosophy of Religion; published in D.Z. Phillips and Mario van der Ruhr, eds, Biblical Concepts and Our World, Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion (London / New York: Palgrave, 2004), pp.141-152 with a reply by Stephen T Davis, ‘Looking for Jesus and still finding Christ’, pp.153-162, and Discussion, pp.163-166

2002l     Raymond Williams Lecture, Hay Festival, 1 June; available online at

2002m     The Richard Dimbleby Lecture, broadcast on BBC1, 19 December; text at

2002n     ’Statements, Acts and Values: Spiritual and Material in the School Environment’ in Stephen Prickett and Patricia Erskine-Hill (eds) Education! Education! Education! Managerial Ethics and the Law of Unintended Consequences, Exeter: Imprint Academic, pp.167-78

Sermons and Speeches

2002o     ’Presidential Address’ [to Church in Wales Governing Body], 10 April; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.61-68

2002p     Jubilee Sermon, Bangor Cathedral, 11 June; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.69-72

2002q     ’Thought for the Day’, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 11 September; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.73-74

2002r     ’Presidential Address’ [to Church in Wales Governing Body], 19 September; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.75-81

2002s     ’Presidential Address’ [to Monmouth Diocesan Conference, 12 October; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.83-90

2002t     'Christmas Message',

2002u     'Christmas Day Meditation',

2002v     'New Year Message',

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles

2002w     'Mysticism', 'Resurrection' and 'Trinity' in Wesley Carr et al (ed.), The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, London: SPCK

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2002x     'Neighbours from hell: Does it have to be like this?', Church Times 12 April 2002; available online at or at

2002y     'Statement' [about nomination to the See of Canterbury], Press Release, 23 July; available online at

2002z     ’Blair makes his case, but what does the jury think?’, The Guardian 25 September; available online at

2002aa     ’Don’t call us appeasers for hesitating at war with Iraq’, The Daily Telegraph, 5 November; available online at also at

2002ab     (i) ‘Rowan Williams Responds … on Druidism’ and (ii) ‘Rowan Williams Responds… on Homosexuality’, statements to Evangelical Alliance – originally appeared on

2002ac     Response to Diane Knippers, Institute of Religion and Democracy, December 12 th, originally available on

Introductions and Forewords

2002ad     ’Foreword’ in Jeffrey John, The Meaning in the Miracles, Norwich: Canterbury

2002ae     ’Foreword’, in Michael J. Meredith, Beyond All Reasonable Doubt, New Alresford: O Books; available online at

2002af     ’Epilogue’ in Christina Rees (ed.), Voices of This Calling: Experiences of the First Generation of Women Priests, Norwich, Canterbury Press

2002ag     ’Foreword’ in David Wood, Poet, Priest and Prophet: Bishop John V. Taylor, London: CTBI

Book Reviews

2002ah     ’Against the Market?’; review of Richard H. Roberts, Religion, Theology and the Human Sciences, Cambridge: CUP, 2002, TLS, The Times Literary Supplement no 5165 (29 March), p. 3; available online at,,25371-1923158,00.html

2002ai     ’A Displaced Male Orgasm’; review of John Wingaards, The Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church: Unmasking a Cuckoo’s Egg Tradition, London: DLT, 2001, TLS, The Times Literary Supplement no 5154 (11 January), pp.28-30; available online at,,25371-1923641,00.html


2002aj     Interview with Gerry McCarthy, The Social Edge, March

2002ak     ’You’re Bored…’, interview with Christopher Morgan – Sunday Times, 31 Mar 2002; not available online

2002al     ’Living the questions: the converging worlds of Rowan Williams’, Christian Century, 119.9 (April), pp.18-29 (interview with David S. Cunningham)

2002am     Interview with Roland Ashby, Anglican Media Melbourne: The Melbourne Anglican, June

2002an     Interview with Paul Handley, Church Times 29 Nov and 6 Dec, available online at

2002ao     On Desert Island Discs with Sue Lawley, Radio 4, December; audio available at


2002ap     Family Prayers (with Nick Aiken), London: SPCK / New York: Paulist Press

2002aq     ’The Cross in the 21 st Century’ in E. Newell (ed.) Seven Words for the 21 st Century, London, DLT; partially reproduced in Seven Words for Three Hours, London, DLT, 2005.

2002ar     ’The Anglican Church and the Future’, discussion at Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne University; summary available online at

2002as     Letter to Primates, 23 July; transcript:



2003a     Areithiau a Phregethau y Parch a Gwir Arhryd. Dr Rowan Williams Chwe 2000-Rhag 2002: Addresses and Sermons Delivered by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Feb 2000-Dec 2002, Welsh Books Council / Church in Wales; contains 2000h, i, j, l, m, o; 2001o, ab, p, q, 2002o, p, q, r, s

2003b     The Dwelling of the Light: Praying with Icons of Christ, Norwich: Canterbury

2003c>      ‘The Quest for the Historical Church’, Sarum Lectures, Salisbury Cathedral, May; published as Why Study the Past? The Quest for the Historical Jesus, London: DLT / Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005

Articles and Lectures

2003d     ’Anglicans on the Fourth Gospel’, lecture delivered at the University of St. Andrew’s; printed in Anglican Identities, pp.121-37; reprinted in Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser (eds) The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007, pp.68–81

2003e     ’Christian Theology and Other Faiths’, Birmingham University, printed in Michael Ipgrave (ed.) Scriptures in Dialogue: Christians and Muslims studying the Bible and Qur’an Together, London: Church House Publishing, 2004, pp.131-143

2003f     ’A Culture of Hope? Priorities and Vision in Church Schools’, The Association of Anglican Secondary School Heads annual conference, Exeter, 11 September; available online at

2003g     ’Does the Church of England Exist?’, Presidential address at General Synod, 14 July; available online at

2003h     ’God’s Workshop’, paper presented at ‘Shaping Holy Lives’, a conference on Benedictine Spirituality, Trinity Wall Street, New York, 29 April,

2003i     ’Just War Revisited’, Lecture to Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House, 14 October, ; adapted and reprinted in ‘War and Statecraft: An Exchange’, First Things 141 (March 2004), pp.14-21

2003j     ’May They All Be One – But How?’, lecture presented at Ecumenical Conference, St. Albans, 17 May; available online at

2003k     ’Suspending the Ethical: R.S. Thomas and Kierkegaard’ in Damian Walford David (ed.), Echoes to the Amen: Essays after R.S. Thomas, Cardiff: University of Wales Press

2003l     ’The Structures of Unity’, New Directions 100 (September); available online at

2003m     ’Swansea’s Other Poet: Vernon Watkins and the Threshold Between Worlds’, Welsh Writing in English 8, March

2003n     ’The Theology of Faith and Healing’, Hildegard Lecture at Holy Rood House Centre for Health and Pastoral Care, Thirsk, Thirsk, 7 Feb, available online at

2003o     Article review on Eugene Rogers, Sexuality and the Christian Body, Oxford: Blackwell, 1999, in Scottish Journal of Theology 56.1, pp.82-88

Sermons and Speeches

2003p     Enthronement sermon, 27 Feb, ; revised version published as ‘Life in Christ: Thoughts on Being the Authentic Church’, Sewanee Theological Review 46.3 (Pentecost), pp.383-388

2003q     Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, morning service, 2 March, available online at

2003r     Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, diocesan service, 2 March, available online at

2003s     ’Children and Parents’, Maiden speech in the Lords, 26 March,

2003t     ’Opening Remarks’, 2nd Building Bridges seminar, Doha, Qatar, 7 April,; reprinted in Michael Ipgrave (ed.) Scriptures in Dialogue: Christians and Muslims studying the Bible and Qur’an Together, London: Church House Publishing, 2004, p.xi

2003u     Palm Sunday sermon, Cathedral of St. George the Martyr, Jerusalem, 13 April,

2003v     Easter Day sermon, Canterbury Cathedral, 20 April, ; a modified version printed as ‘Do not cling to me’, Sojourners magazine, July-August (32.4), pp.32-33, 46; available online at

2003w     National Memorial to the Victoria Cross and the George Cross, Westminster Abbey, 14 May; originally available on – now missing

2003x     Sermon at Celebration for the Unity of the People of God, which was held in Gramado, Brazil, 24 May, available online at

2003y     Address at the closing service of the CEC General Assembly, Trondheim, 2 July; available online at

2003z     Sermon at York Minster during General Synod, 13 July; available online at

2003aa     Address at Churches Together in England Forum, Swanwick, 19 July, originally available on

2003ab     Address given at the funeral of Metropolitan Anthony, 13 Aug; printed in Sourozh: A Journal of Orthodox Life and Thought, pp.6-11

2003ac     Address at Fourth National Evangelical Anglican Congress, Blackpool, 19 September, originally available on , now missing; report at

2003ad     Address at the Children’s Society National Festival Service, Canterbury Cathedral, 20 September, originally available on , now missing; report at

2003ae     Tribute to Lord Williams of Mostyn, Monday 6 October,

2003af     (i) Greeting to Cardinal Kasper, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome and (ii) Greeting to Pope John Paul II, the Vatican, 4 October; the first was available on , but is now missing; the second is available at

2003ag     Sermon at service of remembrance for Iraq, St Paul’s Cathedral, 10 October; available online at

2003ah     Greeting to His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch, 17 November

2003ai     Sermon at the Launch of Housing Justice, St Martins-in-the-Fields, London, 27 November,

2003aj     Address at the Launch of ‘Parents, Pennies and Pounds’ website, Portcullis House, 8 December,

2003ak     Christmas Sermon, Thursday 25 December,

2003al     New Year Message, 31 December,

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2003am     ’Opening Statement’, Pre-enthronement press conference, 21 Feb,

2003an     ’Weakness and moral inconsistency led us to war’, The Times 25 March; and

2003ao     Statement by the primates of the Anglican Communion, Lambeth Palace, 15 and 16 October; available online at

2003ap     Article in Rethinking Mission 1

Introductions and Forewords

2003aq>     ’Preface’ in Duncan Dormor, Jack McDonald and Jeremy Caddick, Anglicanism: The Answer to Modernity, London, Continuum

2003ar     ’Foreword’ in Peta Dunstan (ed.) The Anglican Communion Religious Communities Year Book, 2004-5, Norwich: Canterbury

2003as ‘Foreword’ in Herbert McCabe, God, Christ and Us, London: Continuum

2003at     ’Foreword’ in John Moses (ed.), One Equall Light: An Anthology of the Writings of John Donne, ed. John Moses, Norwich: Canterbury

2003au     ’Foreword’ in Judith Pinnington, Anglicans and Orthodox: Unity and Subversion 1559-1725, Leominster, Gracewing

2003av     ’Foreword’, in Stephen Platten (ed.), Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition: Continuity, Change, and the Search for Communion, Norwich: Canterbury Press

2003aw     ’Foreword’ in David Runcorn, Choice, Desire and the Will of God, Hendrickson

2003ax     ’Foreword’ in David Stancliffe, God’s Pattern: Shaping our Worship, Ministry, and Life. London: SPCK

2003ay     ’Foreword’ in Tim Vivian and Apostolos N. Athanassakis (with Rowan Greer), Athanasius of Alexandria: The Life of Antony (The Coptic Life and the Greek Life), Cistercians Studies 202, Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian; cf 1995

2003az     ’Foreword’ in Adrian Whittaker (ed.), Be Glad: An Incredible String Band Compendium, Helter Skelter

Book Reviews

2003ba     ’What Shakes Us?’, review of Andrew Shanks, What is Truth: Towards a Theological Poetics, London: Routledge, and Stanley Hauerwas, With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology, London: SCM, TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, July 4; available online at,,25371-1913496,00.html


2003bb     ’Beware, Christian Solider on the Warpath’, interview with Christopher Morgan, Sunday Times, Feb 2; available online at


2003bc     Conversations with Rowan Williams, Channel 4 Television (Presentable), September: ‘Playing God’, ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Bringing Up Children’ and ‘Faith, Politics, and Tradition’

[For some acknowledgments, and an important note, please see this post. See also 1972–1979 (with an explanation), 1980–1985, 1986-1990, and 1991-1995]


Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1996a     The Kingdom is Theirs: Five Reflections on the Beatitudes, London: Christian Socialist Movement; reissued 2002

Articles and Lectures

1996b     ’Between the Cherubim: The Empty Tomb and the Empty Throne’, in Gavin D’Costa (ed.) Resurrection Reconsidered, Oxford: Oneworld Pubns, pp.87-101; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.183-196

1996c     ’Forbidden Fruit: New Testament Sexual Ethics’; address delivered at Christ’s College, Cambridge; printed in Martyn Percy (ed.), Intimate Affairs: Spirituality and Sexuality in Perspective, London: DLT, pp.21-31

1996d     ’Sacraments of the New Society’, in David Brown and Ann Loades (eds) Christ: The Sacramental Word – Incarnation, Sacrament, and Poetry, London: SPCK, pp.89-102; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.209-221

1996e     ’Theological Perspectives’, in Gordon R Dunstan and Peter J Lachmann (eds) Euthanasia: Death, Dying and the Medical Duty (British medical bulletin 52.2), London: Royal Society of Medicine, pp.362-9

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1996f     ’Church and State’ in Paul Barry Clarke and Andrew Linzey (eds.), Dictionary of Ethics, Theology, and Society, London: Routledge

1996g     ’Jungfrauengeburt’ and ‘Soteriologie’ in Evangelisches KirchenlexiconViertier Band: S – Z, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht; English versions ‘Virgin Birth’ and ‘Soteriology’ in The Encyclopedia of Christianity 5: Si-Z, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008

Introductions and Forewords

1996h     ’ Foreword’ in Tom and Barbara Butler, Just Spirituality in a World of Faiths, London: Mowbray

1996i     ’Foreword’ in Melvyn Matthews, Rediscovering Holiness: The Search for the Sacred Today, London: SPCK

Book Reviews

1996j     Review of Sara Maitland, Big-Enough God, New York: Henry Holt, London: Mowbrays, 1995, Theology 99 (January – February), pp.59-60

1996k     Review of Elizabeth Stuart, Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships, London: Mowbrays, 1995, Theology & Sexuality 4 (March), pp.123-126


Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1997a     The Future of the Papacy – an Anglican View, Michael Richards Memorial Lecture, Oxford; Catholics for a Changing Church, pamphlet 12, London: Blackfriars Publications / Catholics for a Changing Church, 2000


1997b     ’Penrhys’ and ‘Curtains for Bosnia’, Image 16 (Summer), pp.62-64; reprinted in The Poems of Rowan Williams (2002).

Articles and Lectures

1997c     ’Beyond Aesthetics: Theology and Hymnody’, Kenote address at the International Hymn Conference, in York, August 1997; printed in Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland Bulletin 213.15 (4), pp.73-78

1997d     ’Gardens and Cities’, in David Clark (ed.) Changing World, Unchanging Church? An Agenda for Christians in Public Life, London: Mowbray, pp.48-50

1997e     ’Interiority and Epiphany: A Reading in New Testament Ethics’, Modern Theology 13 (January), pp.29-51; and in L Gregory Jones and James J Buckley(eds) Spirituality and Social Embodiment, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1997, pp.29-51; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.239-264

1997f     ’Knowing Myself in Christ’ in Timothy Bradshaw (ed.) The Way Forward: Christian Voices on Homosexuality and the Church, London: Hodder and Stoughton; 2 nd edition: 2003

1997g     ’Minding the Gaps: Thoughts on the Education of the Spirit’, paper presented at the 7th National Training Conference for Chaplains in Further Education; published in Journal of Chaplaincy in Further Education 1.1 (Spring 2005), pp.3-7.

1997h     ’Origen: Between Orthodoxy and Heresy’, in Walther Bienert and Uwe Kühneweg (eds) Origeniana Septima: Origenes in den Auseinandersetzungen des 4 Jahrhunderts, proceedings of the seventh international colloquium for Origen studies, 25-29 Aug 1997, Bibliothecum Ephemeridem Theologicarum Lovaniensum 137, Louvain: Leuven Univ Press / Peeters, 1999, pp.3-14; German translation ‘Origenes: ein Kirchenvater zwischen Orthodoxie und Häresie’ (trans. Peter Gemeinhardt), Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum 2.1, 1998, p 49-64 (English abstract, p 64)

1997i     ’Prophecy Today’, 1997 Las Casas lecture; published in Priests and People (now The Pastoral Review ), July 1998; available online at

Introductions and Forewords

1997j     ’Foreword’, in C. Crowder (ed.) God and Reality: Essays on Christian Non-Realism, London: Mowbray, 1997, pp.v-ix

Book Reviews

1997k     Review of Gillian T W Ahlgren, Teresa of Avila and the Politics of Sanctity, Ithaca, NY: Cornell, 1996, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 48 (October) 1997, pp.780-781

1997l     Review of David Brakke, Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995, Theology 100 (March to April), pp.140-141

1997m     Review of Grace M Jantzen, Power, Gender and Christian Mysticism, Cambridge: CUP, 1995, Theology 100 (March – April), pp.132-133

1997n     ’God is One and All Alone’, Review of Maurice Wiles, Archetypal Heresy: Arianism through the Centuries, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997, TLS: The Times Literary Supplement no 4925, p. 31 (22 Aug); available online at,,25371-1954389,00.html

1997o     ’Acting on God’s behalf’, Review of NT Wright, Jesus and the victory of God, p.14, Church Times, 14 March


Articles and Lectures

1998a     ’Afterword: Making Differences’ in Lucy Gardner, David Moss, Ben Quash and Graham Ward (eds) Balthasar at the End of Modernity, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, pp.173-9; reprinted as ‘Balthasar and Difference’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.77-85

1998b     ’On Being a Human Body’, Henry Cooper Lecture at the Lambeth Conference; published in Chrism: The St Raphael Quarterly 35.3 (August); reprinted in Sewanee Theological Review 42 (Michaelmas 1999), pp.403-413

1998c     ’Being a People: Reflections on the Concept of the “Laity”’, paper delivered at a conference in Leeds University, June 30- July 3; printed in Reflection on the Laity: a Focus for Christian Dialogue between East and West = Religion, State & Society 27.1 (1999), pp.11-21

1998d     ’Logic and spirit in Hegel’, in Phillip Blond (ed.) Post-Secular Philosophy: Between Philosophy and Theology, London: Routledge, pp.116-130; reprinted in Wrestling with Angels, pp..35-52

1998e     ’On Making Moral Decisions’ [plenary session, Lambeth Conference, July 22 1998], published in Sewanee Theological Review 42 (Easter), pp.147-158; and Anglican Theological Review 81 (Spring), pp.295-308; revised in Robin Gill (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics, Cambridge: CUP, 2001, pp.3-15

1998f     ’New Words for God: Contemplation and Religious Writing’, in Thomas Merton: Poet, Monk, Prophet; Papers presented at the Second General Conference of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland at Oakham School, March 1998, Abergavenny: Three Peaks Press

1998g     ’Troubled Breasts: The Holy Body in Hagiography’, paper delivered at a conference at the University of Wales, Cardiff; printed in Jan Willem Drijvers and John W. Watt (ed.) Portraits of Spiritual Authority: Religious Power in Early Christianity, Byzantium, and the Christian Orient, Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 137, Leiden: E J Brill, 1999, pp.63-78

1998h     ’Tyndale and the Christian Society’, 5 th Annual Tyndale Society Lambeth Lecture; published in Tyndale Society Bulletin 12 (1999), pp.38-49, reprinted in Anglican Identities, pp.9-23

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1998i     ’Alexander von Alexandrien’ and ‘Athanasius’ in Hans Dieter Betz et al (eds) Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th edition, vol.1, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck

1998j     ’Arianism’ in Everett Fergusson, Michael McHugh, and Frederick Norris (eds) The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, N.Y. and London: Garland, 2nd edn

1998k     ’Justification’ and ‘Péché’ in Jean-Ives Lacoste (ed.), Dictionnaire critique de théologie, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1998 (2 nd edition, 2002; third, 2007); translated as ‘Justification’ and ‘Sin’ in Encyclopedia of Christian Theology, New York, Routledge: 2004

1998l     ’Simone Weil’ in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, London: Routledge

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

1998m     ’Is Blair still a Christian Socialist?’, New Statesman, 25 September

1998n     ’No life here – no joy, terror or tears’ (Response to Bishop Spong’s statement), Church Times, 17 July

1998o     ’Whatever happened to all the hope?’, Church Times, 1 May, p.12

Introductions and Forewords

1998p     ’Foreword’ in Colin Coward (ed.) TheOther Way: Anglican Gay and Lesbian Journeys, London: Changing Attitude

1998q     ’Foreword’ in Tarjei Park, The English Mystics: An Anthology, London: SPCK


Books (edited and translated)

1999a     (ed. and tr.) Sergii Bulgakov: Towards a Russian Political Theology, Edinburgh: T&T Clark

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1999b     The Apocalyptic and the Charismatic in Early Monastic Literature: the Case of the Letter of Ammonas, lecture on receiving Dr. Theol. honoris causa (introduced by Brennecke H C), published as Faith and Experience in Early Monasticism: New Perspectives on the Letter of Ammonas / Laudatio und Festvortrag anlässlich der Ehrenpromotion von Rowan Douglas Williams durch die Theologische Fakultät der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg am 02.07.1999 in der Aula des Erlanger Schlosses, Erlangen: Universitätsbibliothek: Erlangen-Nürnberg Friedrich-Alexanders-Universität, Erlangen

1999c     Room for the Spirit: Thoughts on Spiritual Values and Bodily Persons, National Society’s RE Centre, Annual Lecture; London: National Society (Church of England) for promoting Religious Education

1999d     ’To Stand where Christ Stands’, in Ralph Waller and Benedicta Ward (ed.)Introduction to Christian Spirituality, London: SPCK, pp.1-13

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1999e     ’Christologie II.1: Alte Kirche’ in Hans Dieter Betz et al (eds) Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th edition, vol.2, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck

1999f     (i) ‘Creation’ and (ii) ‘Trinitate, de’ in Allan Fitzgerald (ed.), Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans

Introductions and Forewords

1999g     ’Foreword’ in Philip Crowe, Strange Design: Exploring the Ways of God in the World, Canterbury: Norwich

1999h     ’Foreword’ in John Davies, Be Born in us Today: The Message of the Incarnation for Today, Canterbury: Norwich

Book Reviews

1999i     Review of David Martin, Does Christianity Cause War?, Oxford: Clarendon, 1997, in Journal of Contemporary Religion 14.1, (January), pp.148–150

1999j     Review of ‘Books’ with Conor Gearty, Keith Mitchell and Elizabeth Longford, The Tablet 253, no 8291, pp.990-3


1999k     ’Quarrying for God’, interview with Roland Ashby, Anglican Media, The Melbourne Anglican, Australia, March,


1999l     ’To Augustine’ [Letters at the End of the Millennium], broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 31 December; transcript:



2000a     Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles our Judgement, London: Fount

2000b     Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement, Edinburgh: T&T Clark; Harrisburg: Morehouse, 2002; Reissued: London: Continuum, 2003

2000c     On Christian Theology, Challenges in Contemporary Theology. Oxford /Malden, Mass: Blackwell

Lectures and Articles

2000d     ’Hooker the Theologian’, Lecture delivered at Corpus Christi College, Oxford; printed in Journal of Anglican Studies, 1.1 (2003), pp.103-116; reprinted in Anglican Identities, pp.24-39

2000e     ’Insubstantial Evil’, in George Lawless and Robert Dodaro (eds) Augustine and his Critics: Essays in Honour of Gerald Bonner, London, New York: Routledge, pp.105-123

2000f     ’The Seal of Orthodoxy: Mary and the Heart of Christian Doctrine’ lecture at a day conferences organized by the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk; published in Martin Warner (ed.), Say Yes to God: Mary and the Revealing of the Word Made Flesh, London: Tufton

2000g     ’The Sermon’, lecture delivered at the 10th anniversary conference of Affirming Catholicism, Durham, September 2000, published in Stephen Conway (ed.) Living the Eucharist: Affirming Catholicism and the Liturgy, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2001, pp.44-55

Sermons and Speeches

2000h     Sermon delivered at enthronement service as Archbishop of Wales, St Woolos Cathedral, Newport, 26 February; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.7-14

2000i     ’Presidential Address’ [to Church in Wales Governing Body], 27 April; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.15-22

2000j     ’Reaffirming the Value of the Child’ [Sermon following publication of the Waterhouse Report], May 2000; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.23-31

2000k     ’Ascension Day 2000′, sermon; available online at

2000l     ’Presidential Address’ [to Church in Wales Governing Body], 21 September; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.33-40

2000m     ’Advent Message 2000′; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.41-42

2000n     Sermon, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 10 December; available online at

2000o     ’Christmas Message 2000′; available online at; printed in Addresses and Sermons/Areithiau a Phregethau, pp.43-44

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

2000p     (i) ‘Catholicity’, (ii) ‘Resurrection’ and (iii) ‘Russian Christian thought’ in Adrian Hastings (ed.), Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, New York: Oxford

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

2000q     ’Banking without Barclays’, The Guardian, April 6,

2000r     ’Our Differences Need Not Destroy Us’, The Tablet 254, no 8328, April 8, p.476; reproduced online at

2000s     ’Wanted: Imaginative, Attentive, Ideological, Inspirational Mediators’, Church Times, 6 Oct 2000

2000t     ’Telling that Christmas story like it is’, The Guardian, December 23,,,416133,00.html

Introductions and Forewords

2000u     ’Foreword’ in Douglas Davies, Private Passions: Betraying Discipleship on the Journey to Jerusalem, Norwich: Canterbury Press

2000v     ’Foreword’ in Michael Doe, Seeking the Truth in Love: The Church and Homosexuality, London: DLT

2000w     ’Preface’ in Mike Endicott, Healing at the Well, Bradford on Avon: Terra Nova

2000x     ’Foreword’ in Una Kroll, Forgive and Live, London: Mowbray

Book Reviews

2000y     Review of ‘Books’ with Lavinia Byrne, Michael Walsh, Fergus Kerr, Henry Wansbrough, Rosalie Osmond, Gemma Simmonds, Bernard Green, Lucy Lethbridge and Alban McCoy, The Tablet 254, no 8336, pp.792-9


2000z     Interview, Greenbelt Festival; edited text published as ‘The Lambeth Talk’,

[For some acknowledgments, and an important note, please see this post. See also 1972–1979 (with an explanation), 1980–1985, and 1986-1990]

[Edit: Updated, 6 July - I'd left off the items that are now 1991b and 1993a.]



1991a     Teresa of Avila, Outstanding Christian thinkers, London: Geoffrey Chapman / Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse; re-issued London / New York: Continuum, 2000

Books (edited and translated)

1991b     (tr. with Brian McNeil, Andrew Louth, John Saward and Oliver Davies) Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, vol.5: The Realm of Metaphysics in the Modern Age, Edinburgh: T&T Clark / San Francisco: Ignatius

Articles and Lectures

1991c     ’The Filioque and the Immanent Trinity: Some Notes’, paper presented at the International Commission of the Anglican/Orthodox Theological Dialogue, Oxford 1991

1991d     ’Imagining the Kingdom: Some Questions for Anglican Worship Today’, in Kenneth Stevenson and Bryan Spinks (eds) The Identity of Anglican Worship, Harrisburg, Penn: Morehouse Pub, pp.1-13

1991e     ’“Know Thyself”: What Kind of an Injunction?’, paper delivered at Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference, Liverpool; printed in Michael McGhee (ed.) Philosophy, Religion and the Spiritual Life, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 32, Cambridge: CUP, 1992, pp.211-227

1991f     ’Teaching the Truth’, presented at Affirming Theology conference; reprinted in Jeffrey John (ed.) Living Tradition: Affirming Catholicism in the Anglican Church, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1992, pp.29-43

1991g     ’Theological Integrity’, New Blackfriars 72 (March), pp.140-51; adapted in Cross Currents 45.3 (Fall 1995), pp.312-325; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.3-15

1991h     Review article on Peter Winch, Simone Weil: The Just Balance, Cambridge: CUP, 1989, Philosophical Investigations 14.2 (April), pp.155-171

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1991i     ’The Bible’, in I. Hazlett(ed.) Early Christianity: Origins and Evolution to AD 600; in Honour of WC Frend, London: SPCK / Nashville: Abingdon Press, pp.81-91

1991j     (i) ‘European Theology’ and (ii) ‘Jesus Christ’ in Nicholas Lossky et al. (eds.), Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement, Geneva: WCC / Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; see also 2nd edn, 2003

Book Reviews

1991k     Review of Hans Küng, The Incarnation of God: An Introduction to Hegel’s Theological Thought as Prolegomena to a Future Christology, New York: Crossroad, 1988, Journal of Theological Studies ns 42.1 (April), pp.403-406

1991l     Review of GG Meersseman, Capitules du Diurnal de Saint-Denis: Cod. Verona cap. LXXXVIII Saec IX, Spicilegium Friburgense 30, Fribourg Suisse: Editions Universitaires, 1987, Journal of Theological Studies ns 42.1 (April), pp.370-372

1991m     Review of Robert Strèauli, Origenes der Diamantene, Zurich: ABZ, 1987, Journal of Theological Studies ns 42.1 (April), pp.336-337


Articles and Lectures

1992a     ’The Need for a Christian Critique of National Messianism’ [Reply to Z Krakhmal'nikova and S Lezov, pp 7-47], Religion, State & Society 20.1 1992, pp.57-59

1992b     ’The Nicene Heritage’, in James M. Byrne (ed.) Christian Understanding of God Today: Theological Colloquium on the Occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Foundation of Trinity College, Dublin, (March 1992), Dublin: Columba, 1993, pp.45-48

1992c     ’Saving Time: Thoughts on Practice, Patience and Vision’, New Blackfriars 73.861 (June), p.319-26; reprinted as ‘A Theological Critique of Milbank’ in Robin Gill, Theology and Sociology: A Reader, London: Cassell, 2 nd edn.

1992d     Review Article on ‘R P C Hanson’s Search for the Christian Doctrine of God‘, Scottish Journal of Theology 45.1, pp.101-111

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1992e     ’Methodios von Olympos’ in Theologische Realenzyklopädie, ed G Müller, vol. XXII, Berlin / New York, de Gruyter, pp.680-85

Book Reviews

1992f     Review of Edith Wyschogrod, Saints and Postmodernism: Revisioning Moral Philosophy, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990, Modern Theology 8.3 (July), pp.305-307


Articles and Lectures

1993a     ’“Adult Geometry”: Dangerous Thoughts in R.S. Thomas’ in M. Wynn Thomas (ed.), The Page’s Drift: R.S. Thomas at Eighty, Bridgend: Seren Books

1993b     ’Baptism and the Arian controversy’, in Michel Barnes and Daniel Williams (eds) Arianism after Arius: Essays on the Development of the Fourth-Century Trinitarian Conflict, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, pp.149-180

1993c     ’Catholic and Reformed’, paper presented at Gloucester Cathedral to mark formal launch of Affirming Catholicism in the diocese; abridged version published in Affirming Catholicism journal (Autumn)

1993d     ’Catholic Persons: Images of Holiness: A Dialogue’ (with Philip Sheldrake) in Jeffrey John (ed.)Living the Mystery: Affirming Catholicism and the Future of Anglicanism; Talks and Dialogies from the 2 nd National Conference of Affirming Catholicism, 1993, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1994, pp.76-89

1993e     ’Damnosa Haereditas: Pamphilus’ Apology and the Reputation of Origen’, in Hanns Christof Brennecke, Ernst Ludwig Grasmuck and Chritsoph Markschies (eds) Logos: Festschrift Fur Luise Abramowski Zum 8. Juli 1993 (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, ed. Erich Gräßer, Band 67), Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, pp.151-169

1993f     ’Doctrinal criticism: some questions’, in Sarah Coakley and David A. Pailin (ed.) The Making and Remaking of Christian Doctrine: Essays in Honour of Maurice Wiles, Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp.239-264; reprinted as ‘Maurice Wiles and Doctrinal Criticism’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.275-299

1993g     ’Hooker: Philosopher, Anglican, Contemporary’, paper presented at a conference marking the completion of the Folger edition; published in Arthur McGrade (ed.) Richard Hooker and the Construction of Christian Community, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 165, Washington, Tempe, Az: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1997, pp.369-383; reprinted in Anglican Identities, pp.40-56

1993h     ’Inside Herbert’s Afflictions‘, lecture delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge; printed in Anglican Identities, pp.57-72

1993i     ’Macrina’s Deathbed Revisited: Gregory of Nyssa on Mind and Passion’, in Lionel Wickham and Caroline Hammond Bammel (eds) Christian Faith and Greek Philosophy in Late Antiquity: Essays in Tribute to George Christopher Stead, Ely Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge (1971-1980), in Celebration of his Eightieth Birthday, 9th April 1993, Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae ed. J. den Boeft et al, 19, Leiden: E J Brill, pp.227-246

1993j     ’The Necessary Non-existence of God’, in Richard H. Bell (ed.)Simone Weil’s Philosophy of Culture: Readings towards a Divine Humanity, Cambridge: CUP, pp.52-76; reprinted as ‘Simone Weil and the Necessary Non-existence of God’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.203-227

1993k     ’Visible Unity’, in Colin Davey (ed)Returning Pilgrims: Insights from British and Irish participants in the Fifth World Faith and Order Conference, Santiago de Compostela, 3-14 August 1993, London: Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, 1994 pp.12-14

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1993l     ’Agennesia’ and ‘Arius, Arianismus’ in Walter Kasper (ed.) Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, vol. 1, Freiburg: Herder, p.230

1993m     ’Eastern Orthodox Theology’ in Alister E. McGrath (ed.), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Cambridge, MA: Blackwell

Introductions and Forewords

1993n     ’Foreword’ in Jill Evans, Beloved and Chosen: Women of Faith, Norwich: Canterbury

Book Reviews

1993o     Review of Aidan Nichols, Theology in the Russian Diaspora: Church, Fathers, Eucharist in Nikolai Afanas’ev, 1893-1966, Cambridge: CUP, 1989, Journal of Theological Studies ns 44 (April), pp.443-446

1993p     Review of Tim Vivian, St Peter of Alexandria, Bishop and Matyr, Studies in Antiquity and Christianity, Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1988, Journal of theological studies 44,.1 (April), p. 352-55



1994a     Open to Judgement: Sermons and Addresses, London: Darton, Longman & Todd; American edition: A Ray of Darkness: Sermons and Reflections, Cambridge, Mass: Cowley Publications, 1995

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1994b     Mission and Christology, J C Jones Memorial Lecture 1994, Brynmawr: Welsh Members Council, Church Mission Society


1994c     After Silent Centuries, Oxford: Perpetua Press; all poems subsequently included in The Poems of Rowan Williams (2002).

Articles and Lectures

1994d     ’“Good for Nothing”? Augustine on Creation’, Augustinian Studies 25, pp.9-24

1994e     ’Heaven and Hell: A Modern Embarrassment’, Epworth Review 21.2 (May), pp.15-20

1994f     ’Reply: Redeeming Sorrows’, paper presented at 15 th annual conference on philosophy of religion, Claremont, February; printed in DZ Phillips (ed.) Religion and Morality, Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, New York: St Martin’s Press, 1996, pp.132-148; revised version printed as ‘Redeeming Sorrows: Marilyn McCord Adams and the Defeat of Evil’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.255-274

Introductions and Forewords

1994g     ’Foreword’ in Rob Marshall, The Transfiguration of Jesus, London: DLT


Articles and Lectures

1995a     ’Angels Unawares: Heavenly Liturgy and Earthly Theology in Alexandria’, Studia Patristica (Papers presented at the 12 th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford) 30, Leuven: Peeters, 1997, pp.350-363

1995b     ’Between Politics and Metaphysics: Reflections in the Wake of Gillian Rose’, Modern Theology 11 (January), pp.3-22; reprinted in Wrestling with Angels, pp.53-76

1995c     ’Ethik und Rechtfertigung’, in Michael Beintker, Ernstpeter Maurer, Heinrich Stoevesandt and Hans G Ulrich (eds)Rechtfertigung und Erfahrung: für Gerhard Sauter zum 60. Geburtstag, Gütersloh, Germany: Christian Kaiser, 1995, pp.311-327; English version incorporated as sections 1-3 in 1997 ‘Interiority and Epiphany’

1995d     ’Theology and the Churches’, in Robin Gill and Lorna Kendall (eds)Michael Ramsay as Theologian, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, pp.9-28; reprinted in Anglican Identities, pp.87-102

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1995e     ’Origenes, Origenismus’ in Theologische Realenzyklopädie, ed G Müller, vol. XXV, Berlin / New York, de Gruyter, pp.397-421

1995f     ’Religious Experience in the Era of Reform’, in JL Houlden and Peter Byrne (eds) Companion Encyclopedia of Theology, London, New York: Routledge, pp.576-593 (0415064473)

Introductions and Forewords

1995g     ’Foreword’ in James Alison, Knowing Jesus, New Edition, London: SPCK

1995h     ’Foreword’ in Athanasius, The Coptic Life of Antony, ed. and trans. Tim Vivian, San Francisco: International Scholars Publications

1995i     ’Foreword’ in Henry McAdoo and Kenneth Stevenson, The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Anglican Tradition, Norwich: Canterbury, 1995, pp.

Book Reviews

1995j     Review of Aidan Nichols, Scribe of the Kingdom: Essays on Theology and Culture, London: Sheed & Ward, 1994, New Blackfriars 76 (April), pp.203-205

1995k     Review of Adrian Thatcher, Liberating Sex: a Christian Sexual Theology, London: SPCK, 1993, Theology 98 (January – February), pp.70-72


1995l     ’Time and Transformation: A Conversation with Rowan Williams’ (interview by Todd Breyfogle), Cross Currents 45.3 (Fall), pp.293-311


Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1996a     The Kingdom is Theirs: Five Reflections on the Beatitudes, London: Christian Socialist Movement; reissued 2002

Articles and Lectures

1996b     ’Between the Cherubim: The Empty Tomb and the Empty Throne’, in Gavin D’Costa (ed.) Resurrection Reconsidered, Oxford: Oneworld Pubns, pp.87-101; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.183-196

1996c     ’Forbidden Fruit: New Testament Sexual Ethics’; address delivered at Christ’s College, Cambridge; printed in Martyn Percy (ed.), Intimate Affairs: Spirituality and Sexuality in Perspective, London: DLT, pp.21-31

1996d     ’Sacraments of the New Society’, in David Brown and Ann Loades (eds) Christ: The Sacramental Word – Incarnation, Sacrament, and Poetry, London: SPCK, pp.89-102; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.209-221

1996e     ’Theological Perspectives’, in Gordon R Dunstan and Peter J Lachmann (eds) Euthanasia: Death, Dying and the Medical Duty (British medical bulletin 52.2), London: Royal Society of Medicine, pp.362-9

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1996f     ’Church and State’ in Paul Barry Clarke and Andrew Linzey (eds.), Dictionary of Ethics, Theology, and Society, London: Routledge

1996g     ’Jungfrauengeburt’ and ‘Soteriologie’ in Evangelisches KirchenlexiconViertier Band: S – Z, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht; English versions ‘Virgin Birth’ and ‘Soteriology’ in The Encyclopedia of Christianity 5: Si-Z, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008

Introductions and Forewords

1996h     ’ Foreword’ in Tom and Barbara Butler, Just Spirituality in a World of Faiths, London: Mowbray

1996i     ’Foreword’ in Melvyn Matthews, Rediscovering Holiness: The Search for the Sacred Today, London: SPCK

Book Reviews

1996j     Review of Sara Maitland, Big-Enough God, New York: Henry Holt, London: Mowbrays, 1995, Theology 99 (January – February), pp.59-60

1996k     Review of Elizabeth Stuart, Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships, London: Mowbrays, 1995, Theology & Sexuality 4 (March), pp.123-126

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