Publisher:Continuum International Publishi
Published Date:1st January 2003
Dimensions:124 X 176 X 20 mm
Rowan Williams draws attention to the inability of modern man to deal with images of childhood, his awkwardness at speaking about community and his devastating lack of vocabulary for the growth and nurture of the self through time.
Why does our contemporary culture find it so hard to handle certain concepts and images? What aspects of the range of human possibilities have been lost in modernity and post-modernity? Rowan Williams argues that we have to let go of a number of crucial imaginative patterns - icons - for thinking about ourselves. He considers areas such as images of childhood, our awkwardness at speaking about community, our unwillingness to think seriously about remorse and our devastating lack of vocabulary for the growth and nurture of the self through time. This book by a master of contemporary thought sketches out a renewed language for the soul.
"The Archbishop pleads with wisdom, compassion and cool articulate anger, for the recovery of habits of self-understanding in grave danger of becoming unavailable; for childhood, friendship and remorse, as aspects of identity fashioned and discovered over time. Nicholas Lash, former Norris Hulse Professor, University of Cambridge Rowan Williams has the gift of taking the ordinary stuff of human experience and opening it up to show how it can carry us into the mystery of God incarnate. The Most Reverend Frank T Grisewold, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA