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Bloomsbury presents The Way of St Benedict by Rowan Williams, read by Peter Noble.

©2020 Rowan Williams (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Promising start, wandering middle, lost ending

As an in-house tract for Benedictine adherents seeking a refreshing run around familiar issues this book may be of interest. The initial examination of the motives behind the establishment of the Benedictine order is instructive. Encouragingly it seeks to demonstrate the relevance of the Benedictine rule to Europe but ends in platitudes rather than concrete proposals. Then it turns into an increasingly scholastic exposition of the relationship between differing strands of the tradition. The final chapter is a stand-alone appraisal of Butler's contribution to the order. Very disappointing.

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  • Vincent schwahn
  • 26-05-20

Typical Williams

Archbishop Williams displays as always his deep knowledge of the subject. Some social and ecclesiastical take aways. His treatise on Mysticism off center from the Title of the Book. More of an „add on“! Not his best nor his worst work.