Rowan Williams Archive

An archive of questionable legality. While Rowan Williams has published widely since the 1970′s, some of his essays are difficult to find. (Recent work is usually available on the Archbishop of Canterbury web site.) Here I hope to make available PDFs of some of those writings. I’ll continue to add to it as I find electronic copies of more material. Please email me ( if there’s something important that is missing.

New to Williams? I suggest starting with “God”, “Theological Integrity,”  “Looking for Jesus and Finding Christ,” and the interview with Todd Breyfogle, all below.

The theology of Vladimir Nikolaievich Lossky: an exposition and critique.” D.Phil. dissertation, University of Oxford, 1975. (External link to the Oxford University Research Archive. H/T Jessica Grant.)

Poetic and religious imagination.” Theology 80, no. 675 (1977): 178-187.

D. Z. Phillips and James Richmond.” Theology 83, no. 693 (1980): 205-207.

Eucharistic sacrifice: the roots of a metaphor. Grove liturgical study 31. Bramcote,  Nottingham: Grove Books, 1982.

Authority and the Bishop in the Church.” In Their Lord and Ours: Approaches to Authority, Community, and the Unity of the Church, edited by Mark Santer, 90-112. London: SPCK, 1982.

Women and the Ministry: A Case for Theological Seriousness.” In Feminine in the Church, edited by Monica Furlong, 11–27. London: SPCK, 1984.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux; Dark Night, Darkness; Deification; Desert, Desert Fathers; St. Ignatius of Antioch; St. Irenaeus of Lyons.” In The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, edited by Gordon Wakefield, 44, 103-104, 106-108, 109-111, 205-206, 214-215. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1983.

Liberation Theology and the Anglican Tradition.” In Politics and Theological Identity: Two Anglican Essays, edited by David Nicholls and Rowan Williams, 7-26. London: The Jubilee Group, 1984.

With James Atkinson. “On Doing Theology.” In Stepping Stones, edited by Christina Baxter, John R. W. Stott, and Roger Greenacre, 1-20. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1987.

Politics and the Soul: A Reading of the City of God.” Milltown Studies 19/20 (1987): 55-72.

Language, reality and desire in Augustine’s De doctrina.” Literature and Theology 3, no. 2 (July 1989): 138-150.

Ascetic enthusiasm: Origen and the early Church.” History Today 39, no. 12 (December 1989): 31-37.

Sapientia and the Trinity: reflections on De trinitate.” In Collectanea Augustiniana: Mélanges T. J. van Bavel, edited by Bernard Bruning, Mathijs Lamberigts, and J. van Houtem, 317-332. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium XCII-A. Louvain: Leuven University Press, 1990.

Foreword to The mysteries of March: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter by John Saward. Washington, D.C. Catholic University of America Press, 1990. [Also see "Balthasar and the Trinity" in The Cambridge Companion to Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the chapter on Balthasar and Rahner in Wrestling with Angels.]

Imagining the Kingdom: some questions for Anglican worship today.” In The Identity of Anglican Worship, edited by Kenneth Stevenson and Bryan Spinks, 1-13. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 1991.

“‘Know thyself’ : what kind of an injunction?” In Philosophy, Religion and the Spiritual Life, edited by Michael McGhee, 32:211-227. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Between politics and metaphysics: Reflections in the wake of Gillian Rose.” Modern Theology 11, no. 1 (January 1995): 3-22.

Breyfogle, Todd. “Time and transformation: A conversation with Rowan Williams.” Cross Currents 45, no. 3 (1995): 293-311.

Theological Integrity.” Cross Currents 45, no. 3 (1995): 312-325.

Interiority and Epiphany: A Reading in New Testament Ethics.” Modern Theology 13, no. 1 (January 1997): 29-51.

On Making Moral Decisions.” Anglican Theological Review 81, no. 2 (March 1999): 295-308.

Being a People: Reflections on the Concept of the ‘Laity’.” Religion, State & Society 27, no. 1 (March 1999): 11-21.

Defining heresy.” In Origins of Christendom in the West, edited by Alan Kreider, 313-335. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2001.

Beyond Liberalism.” Political Theology 3, no. 1 (2001): 64-73.

A history of faith in Jesus.” In Cambridge Companion to Jesus, edited by Markus Bockmuehl, 220-236. Cambridge Companions to Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

What does love know? St. Thomas on the Trinity.” New Blackfriars 82, no. 964 (June 2001): 260-272.

Theology in the twentieth century.” In A Century of Theological and Religious Studies in Britain, edited by Ernest Nicholson, 237-252. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Augustine and the Psalms.” Interpretation 58, no. 1 (January 2004): 17-27.

Williams, Rowan, and George Weigel. “War & statecraft: an exchange.” First Things, no. 141 (March 2004): 14-21.

Looking for Jesus and Finding Christ.” In Biblical Concepts and Our World, edited by D. Z. Phillips and Mario von der Ruhr, 141-152. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Afterword.” In The Blackwell Companion to Christian ethics, edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells, 495-498. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

The authority of the church.” Modern Believing 46, no. 1 (January 2005): 16-28.

Faith in the University.” In Values in Higher Education, edited by Simon Robinson and Clement Katulushi, 24–35. St. Bride’s Major, Vale of Glamorgan: Aureus, 2005.

To What End Are We Made?” In Who is This Man? Christ in the Renewal of the Church, edited by Jonathan Baker, 1-22. New York: Continuum, 2005.

God.” In Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-first Century, edited by David Ford, Ben Quash, and Janet Martin Soskice, 75-89. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Christian identity and religious plurality.” Ecumenical Review 58, no. 1-2 (January 2006): 69-75.

The Health of the Spirit.” In Public life and the Place of the Church: Reflections to Honour the Bishop of Oxford, edited by Richard Harries and Michael W. Brierley, 217-222. Ashgate Publishing, 2006.

Epilogue.” In Praying for England: Priestly Presence in Contemporary Culture, edited by Samuel Wells and Sarah Coakley, 171-182. London; New York: Continuum, 2008.

Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective.” Lecture, Royal Court of Justice, February 7, 2008. (Paragraphs numbered.)

Commentary.” In Encounter Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World through the Word, edited by Adrian Pabst and Christoph Schneider. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2009.

The Church as sacrament.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 10, no. 1 (February 2010): 6-12.

Review of ‘The Theological Epistemology of Augustine’s De Trinitate’ by Luigi Gioia.” Reviews in Religion & Theology 17, no. 2 (2010): 187-189.

Breyfogle, Todd. “Time and transformation: A conversation with Rowan Williams.” Cross Currents 45, no. 3 (Fall95 1995): 293-311.