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More on Williams, the Row and the real discussion – communal identities

I love the concept of a blog for the flexibility it allows – discussion, editing, revision, more discussion and, best of all, creative citation. The following is, well, an orderly montage of sorts that addresses far more than the mere row over sharia law, it also engages the deeper under currents that were trying to be addressed, like multiple community identities concerning state and faith citizenship, before the media sidetracked the discussion.

First, an audio interview of Rowan Williams on youtube done in very simple language that should dispel some of the common misconceptions surrounding the recent row:

Second, part of Williams’ address at the recent general synod:

Third, N.T. Wright in his usual fantastic form on the row and the deeper issues at hand (and how it applies to those of us who are Americans):

And last, a link to The Wardman Wire that does more than catalog the sensationalism by the media, it shows that part of the sensationalism functioned as a preemptive PR campaign against Williams.

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4 thoughts on “More on Williams, the Row and the real discussion – communal identities

  1. i believe that Dr.Williams touched a more sensitive matter, than this of religious multiculturalism, (and i am especially happy for that) that of the relation of Christian life (a messianic life) and civil law

  2. He certainly did, but he also did this about Islam as well, which, for me, means that the idea he is really trying to raise is religion, community and the law. It is more than just merely religion, but the weight of the interpretive community within the religion of which one has citizenship, rather than only citizenship as an individual in the eyes of the state.

    I think this is very astute of him to raise this, for to allow identity outside of state citizenship to be acknowledged within the government allows for a more cohesive religious community. As for Christianity, this means that the church may suffer less at the hands of the state’s anthropological lens that seems to divide up the church, as it divides up the Muslim community as well. In the end, I think the church has a greater chance at being the church, in light of such a move.

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