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. 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 is 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.)

The Philosophical Structures of Palamism.” Eastern Churches Review 9, no.1-2 (1977): 27-44.

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.

Origen: Between Orthodoxy and Heresy.” In Origeniana Septima: Origenes in den Auseinandersetzungen des 4. Jahrhunderts, edited by Wolfgang Bienert and Uwe Kühneweg, 3-14. Louvain: Peeters, 1999.

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.