Rowan Williams is an Anglican prelate, theologian and poet, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012. He writes on books for the New Statesman.
To attempt to run a democracy without a strong and sustained commitment to shared goods, identified by shared argument, is a recipe for anger, bitterness and stalemate.
I was 12 when I asked my parents if I could stay up late to watch Sergei Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible on television. It was the start of a lifelong fascination with Russia.
No indisputable evidence exists for a “real” King Arthur, but, fictional or not, Britain has always needed him.
Diarmaid MacCulloch’s superb biography explores the motives of Henry VIII’s right-hand man.
Dismissed as reactionary fantasy and even labelled fascist, Tolkien’s novels told of the corrupting influence of power. He deserves to be taken seriously, now more than ever.
This not-so-distant mirror shows how political anxieties are displaced on to minorities.
The price of a humanity that actually grows and changes is death.
The former Archbishop reviews The Political Samaritan: How Power Hijacked a Parable by Nick Spencer.
La Belle Sauvage, the first book in the author’s new trilogy, explores the connectedness between humanity and its environment.
Belonging describes how even as Europe claimed to emancipate Jews, it persecuted them.