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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Quotable Rowan Williams

"Even when I was Archbishop of Wales and working with new bishops, I used to say, not realising quite how true it was, 'One of the things you will do as a bishop is disappoint people.'"

"I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort."

"I value unity because I believe we learn truth from each other in this process."

"Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old."

"We are called to show utter commitment to the God who is revealed in Jesus and to all those to whom His invitation is addressed."

"We shall not find life by refusing to let go of our precious, protected selves."

"Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it.' And that really won't do."

"What can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession? The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism."

"We have to learn to be human along-side all sorts of others, the ones whose company we don't greatly like."

"I don't believe inclusion is a value in itself. Welcome is. We don't say 'Come in and we ask no questions.' I do believe conversion means conversion of habits, behaviours, ideas, emotions. The boundaries are determined by what it means to be loyal to Jesus Christ."

"If there is one thing I long for above all else, it is that the years to come may see Christianity in this country able again to capture the imagination of our culture, to draw the strongest energies of our thinking and feeling."


Anonymous said...

Hi Allen,
The Protestant Principle would enlighten our understanding of why we don't have unity, but the only other option is going back to what?Catholicism? NT communities? Jusiasm? or ancient religious traditions? So, I don't think there will be unity in this life, no, there is only difference. And difference means that we are to affirm those differences, in a free society, that does not determine how that looks. This is why the Separation of Church and State is important.

I do recognize that the religious voice should not be silenced, as otherwise, I would wonder how we would determine anything other than crass and overt 'competiveness"...

So, I don't see things as spiritual, as much as political...

Angie Van De Merwe said...

The previous comment was mine. I don't mind owning it..

preacherman said...

I want to thank you brother for sharing this wisdom with us. I have learned so much by his statements. I love what he says about unity. So true! I want you to know that I have been blessed this morning. Thank you and God bless all you do.