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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.
Early modern Europe and the “shame-praising” of the Muslim world.
How should we tackle our unhappiness epidemic? The answer, suggests David Brooks in The Second Mountain, is to be found in other people.
To attempt to run a democracy without shared goods is a recipe for anger 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.