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.