Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love

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In this original book Rowan Williams sketches out a new understanding of how human beings open themselves to transcendence. Drawing on the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, the Welsh poet and painter David Jones, and the American novelist Mary Flannery O`Connor, Rowan Williams fulfils his ambition for Christianity to engage with contemporary culture, and that a man who holds highest office in the Church has the time and intellectual energy to write such original theology is encouraging for us all.


‘Unabashedly erudite in tone, this book may appeal to scholars and readers interested in grappling with a debate that has probably been engaged as long as there have been artists and theologians.' Publishers Weekly

'Discusses important issues in a profound and original way.' Church of England Newspaperv

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About the Author:

The Rt. Hon. and Most Reverend Rowan Williams is Archbishop of Canterbury. He was formerly Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Archbishop of Wales.

Review:

"Grace and Necessity is written with clarity and breathes fresh air into a theological enterprise. That a man who holds highest office in the Church has the time and intellectual energy to write such original theology is encouraging for us all."—SirReadalot.org

"Unabashedly erudite in tone, this book may appeal to scholars and readers interested in grappling with a debate that has probably been engaged as long as there have been artists and theologians." — Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

“Williams’ text is full of wonderful gems, not only as communicated in Williams’ own words, but also when he quotes the artists, writers and philosophers around whom his discussion revolves. Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love makes a significant contribution to how theology and the arts intersect. It is a ‘keeper,’ and may prove to be a contemporary classic. –Saint Austin Review, September/October 2005

Review in Times Literary Supplement.



'Discusses important issues in a profound and original way.' Church of England Newspaper

"This book, by a manwho is, among other things, a formidable intellectual, needs to be read andreread before it renders up its hard won clarity... he writes with a keen senseof the cost of love, human and divine."- The Tablet, February 11, 2006 (The American Spectator)

"In his stimulatingClark Lectures (recently published as Grace and Necessity), Rowan Williamssuggests, following David Jones, that there are certain ontological conditionsfor the possibility of poetry..."- leithart.com, September 2005

"Grace and Necessity is not easy reading, but it is a very valuable contribution to the task of enunciating aesthetic grounded in Christian theology, a project which began with the creation of those classic works of art, the Gospels. It has proceeded fitfully since...Rowan Williams has stuck a sharp needle into the balloon of contemporary theories which emphasize that the only intelligible thing about a work of art, of any kind, is the individual's experience of it. For believers and unbelievers alike, this is very precious indeed. One can only hope that its insights will be popularized." (Anglicans Online, August 2005)

"The book preserves the engaging character of talk, while giving references and notes that are valuable for scholars. Professors and students of theological aesthetics will find this an enjoyable and insightful study of a particular period in the development of the field."- Worship Magazine, March 2006 (Worship)

"Grace and Necessity, an expanded version ofRowan Williams' Clark Lectures, delivered earlier this year, reflects on 'therelationship between Christian thought and the practice of the arts'
...The work 'challengesappearances', and 'challenges pre-existing assumptions about knowledge itself.It makes claims about being but also about how being is adequately known'."- titusonenine,July 16, 2005 (Titusonenine)

"The book preserves the engaging character of talk, while giving references and notes that are valuable for scholars. Professors and students of theological aesthetics will find this an enjoyable and insightful study of a particular period in the development of the field."- Worship Magazine, March 2006

(Worship)

Grace and Necessity has about itself no little artistry (Charles Miller Art and Christianity)

"Williams makes asignificant contribution to neo-Thomistic aesthetics while remaining open tothe way artists themselves further refine aesthetic philosophy."- Daniel B.Gallagher, First Things, April 2007 (First Things)

"Archbishop of Canterbury Williams continues and adds to the renaissance in Christian reflection on theological aesthetics with rigorous essays on Flannery O'Connor, the French theologian Jacques Maritain and the English artist David Jones. For Williams, art is like God's making of the world in creation: it reflects and embodies the artist without collapsing the maker into what is made." Reviewed in Christian Century, December 2006

“This book, by a manwho is, among other things, a formidable intellectual, needs to be read andreread before it renders up its hard won clarity... he writes with a keen senseof the cost of love, human and divine.”- The Tablet, February 11, 2006 (The American Spectator)

“In his stimulatingClark Lectures (recently published as Grace and Necessity), Rowan Williamssuggests, following David Jones, that there are certain ontological conditionsfor the possibility of poetry...”- leithart.com, September 2005

"Grace and Necessity is not easy reading, but it is a very valuable contribution to the task of enunciating aesthetic grounded in Christian theology, a project which began with the creation of those classic works of art, the Gospels. It has proceeded fitfully since...Rowan Williams has stuck a sharp needle into the balloon of contemporary theories which emphasize that the only intelligible thing about a work of art, of any kind, is the individual’s experience of it. For believers and unbelievers alike, this is very precious indeed. One can only hope that its insights will be popularized." (Sanford Lakoff)

Grace and Necessity, an expanded version ofRowan Williams’ Clark Lectures, delivered earlier this year, reflects on 'therelationship between Christian thought and the practice of the arts’
...The work 'challengesappearances’, and 'challenges pre-existing assumptions about knowledge itself.It makes claims about being but also about how being is adequately known’.”- titusonenine,July 16, 2005 (Sanford Lakoff)

Grace and Necessity has about itself no little artistry (Sanford Lakoff Art and Christianity)

“Williams makes asignificant contribution to neo-Thomistic aesthetics while remaining open tothe way artists themselves further refine aesthetic philosophy.”- Daniel B.Gallagher, First Things, April 2007 (Sanford Lakoff)

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