Rowan Williams Bibliography: 1986–1990

[For some acknowledgments, and an important note, please see this post. See also 1972–1979 (and an explanation), and 1980–1985]

[Edit: Updated, 6 July – I’d left off what is now 1986a.]


Books (edited and translated)

1986a     (tr. with Andrew Louth, John Saward and Martin Simon) Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, vol. 3: Studies in Theological Style: Lay Styles, Edinburgh: T&T Clark / San Francisco: Ignatius

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1986b     (ed. with Terry Tastard and Janet Morley) Poverty, Obedience and Chastity: A Re-appraisal, Jubilee Group Easter Lectures 1986, London: The Jubilee Group; including ‘Poverty’, pp.1-13

Articles and Lectures

1986c     ‘Arius and the Meletian Schism’, Journal of Theological Studies ns 37.1 (April), pp.35-52

1986d     ‘Balthasar and Rahner’, in John Riches (ed.) The Analogy of Beauty, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, pp.11-34; reproduced as ‘Balthasar, Rahner and the Apprehension of Being’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.86-105

1986e     ‘Barth, War and the State’, Oxford Conference in Commemoration of the Centenary of the Birth of Karl Barth, 18-21 September; reprinted in Nigel Biggar (ed.) Reckoning with Barth, Oxford: Mowbray, 1988 pp.170-190; reproduced in Wrestling with Angels, pp.150-171

1986f     ‘Introductory Memoir’ in Geoffrey Paul, A pattern of faith: An exposition of Christian doctrine, Worthing: Churchman

1986g     ‘Language, Reality and Desire in Augustine’s De doctrina’, paper presented at The Sacred Word: Religious Theories of Language conference, Department of Religious Studies, University of Lancaster, in July; published in Literature and Theology 3.2 (July 1989), pp.138-150

1986h     ‘Trinity and Revelation’, Modern Theology 2.3 (April), pp.197-212; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.131-147

Book Reviews

1986i     Review of Anthony Kenny, A Path from Rome: An Autobiography, London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985, Theology 89 (May), pp.237-238

1986j     Review of Kurt Rudolph, Gnosis: The Nature and History of an Ancient Religion, San Francisco: Harper & Row / Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1983, Journal of Theological Studies ns 37.1 (April), pp.202-206

1986k     Review of Simon Tugwell, Ways of Imperfection: An Exploration of Christian Spirituality, London: DLT, 1984, New Blackfriars 67 (799) (November), pp.501-2


1986k     Anglicans and Racism: The Balsall Heath Consultation – Address, Reports and Recommendations, Race, Pluralism and Community Group, London: Board for Social Responsibility (I am not sure what contribution RW made.)



1987a     Arius: Heresy and Tradition, London: Darton, Longman, and Todd; revised edition: London: SCM, 2001 / Grand Rapids, Mich: WB Eerdmans, 2002 (see 2001f     below)

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1987b     Star wars, safeguard or threat?: a Christian perspective, Cana occasional papers, 1, Norton, Evesham, Worcs: Clergy Against Nuclear Arms, 1987

Articles and Lectures

1987c     ‘The Nature of a Sacrament’, in John Greenhalgh and Elizabeth Russell (eds)Signs of faith, hope, and love, London: St Mary’s, Bourne Street, pp.32-44; reprinted in On Christian theology, pp.197-208

1987d     ‘On doing theology’ (with James Atkinson) and ‘Jesus – God with us’ (with Richard Bauckham) in Christina Baxter (ed.) Stepping stones: Joint essays on Anglican Catholic and Evangelical unity, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp.1-20, 21-41

1987e     ‘Politics and the soul: A reading of the City of God‘, Milltown Studies 19/20

1987f     ‘Postmodern Theology and the Judgment of the World’, paper delivered at Trinity Institute, New York in January, published in F.B. Burnham(ed.) Postmodern Theology: Christian Faith in a Pluralist World, San Francisco: Harper & Row, pp.92-112; reprinted as ‘The Judgment of the World’ in On Christian Theology, pp.29-43

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1987g     ‘Jesus Christus II: Alte Kirche’ and ‘Jesus Christus III” Mittelalter’ in Theologische Realenzyklopädie, ed G Müller, vol. XVI, Berlin / New York, de Gruyter, pp.726-59

Book Reviews

1987h     Review of Maximus the Confessor, Quaestiones et Dubia, Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1982, Journal of Theological Studies ns 38.1 (April), pp.225-227


Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1988a     Christianity and the Ideal of Detachment, Lingdale paper 12, Frank Lake Memorial Lecture 1988, Oxford: Clinical Theology Association, 1989

Articles and Lectures

1988b     ‘Nobody Knows Who I Am Till the Judgement Morning’, in Deborah Duncan Honoré (ed.) Trevor Huddleston: Essays on his Life and Work, Oxford: OUP, pp.135-151; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.276-289

1988c     ‘The Suspicion of Suspicion: Wittgenstein and Bonhoeffer’, in Richard Bell (ed.) Grammar of the Heart: New essays in Moral Philosophy and Theology, San Francisco: Harper and Row, pp.36-53; reproduced in Wrestling with Angels, pp.186-202

Introductions and Forewords

1988d     ‘Introduction’ in Ashley Beck and Ros Hunt, Speaking Love’s Name: Homosexuality, Some Catholic and Socialist Reflections, London: Jubilee Group; reproduced online at

1988e     ‘Foreword’ in Oliver Davies, God Within: The Mystical Tradition of Northern Europe, New York: Paulist; London: DLT

Book Reviews

1988f     Review of Gerald Bonner, God’s Decree and Man’s Destiny: Studies on the Thought of Augustine of Hippo, Collected Studies 255, London: Variorum Reprints, 1987, Journal of Theological Studies ns 39.2 (October), p.669

1988g     Review of Judith Herrin, The Formation of Christendom, Oxford: Blackwell, 1987, New Left Review 170 (July-August), 118-23

1988h     Review of Dewi Z Phillips, R S Thomas: Poet of the Hidden God. Meaning and Mediation in the Poetry of R.S. Thomas, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986, Journal of Theological Studies ns 39.2 (October), pp.653-655

1988i     Review of Christopher Stead, Substance and Illusion in the Christian Fathers, Collected Studies 224, London: Variorum Reprints, 1985, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 39.4 (October), pp.627-628


Books (edited and translated)

1989a     (tr. with Oliver Davies, Andrew Louth, Brian McNeil, and John Saward) Hans Urs von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, vol.4: The Realm of Metaphysics in Antiquity, Edinburgh: T&T Clark / San Francisco: Ignatius

1989b     (ed.) The Making of Orthodoxy: Essays in Honour of Henry Chadwick, Cambridge, New York: CUP, including (i) ‘Preface’ and (ii) ‘Does it make sense to speak of pre-Nicene orthodoxy?’, pp.vii-xii, 1-23

Books (booklets and pamphlets)

1989c     The Body’s Grace, 10 th Michael Harding memorial address, London: Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement; also available at; also in Charles C. Hefling (ed.) Our selves, our souls and bodies, Boston: Cowley Pubns, Second Edition, 2002, pp.58-68; also in Eugene F. Rogers, Jr. (ed.) Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Blackwell Readings in Modern Theology, Oxford, Blackwell, 2002, pp.309-321

1989d     Faith in the University, 5 th Annual Lecture, Leicester: Loughborough University and Colleges, Anglican Chaplaincy, AVS, Loughborough University; reprinted (revised?) in Simon Robinson and Clement Katulushi (eds), Values in HigherEducation, Glamorgan: Aureus Publishing/University of Leeds, pp.24-35

1989e     (ed. with Ian Swanson and Alison J. Elliot) The Renewal of Social Vision, Occasional Paper 17, Edinburgh: Centre for Theology and Public Issues, including ‘Christian Resources for the Renewal of Vision’, pp.2-7

1989f     Violence, Society and the Sacred, a lecture delivered at St. Antony’s College, Oxford on 26 October 1989, OPPS paper 18, Oxford: Oxford Project for Peace Studies, 1989; reproduced as ‘Girard on Violence, Society and the Sacred’ in Wrestling with Angels, pp.171-185

Articles and Lectures

1989g     ‘Ascetic Enthusiasm: Origen and the early Church’, History Today 39.12 (December), pp.31-37

1989h     ‘The Ethics of SDI’, in Richard J. Bauckham and R. John Elford (eds)The Nuclear Weapons Debate: Theological and Ethical Issues, London: SCM, pp.162-174; see also 1987b     

1989i     ‘God and Risk (2)’ in Holloway, R. (ed.) The Divine Risk, London: DLT, 1996 (© 1989)

1989j     ‘Incarnation and Social Vision – a New Look at an Old Theme’, Gore Lecture for 1989, Theology Wales (winter), pp.24-40; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.225-238

1989k     ‘The Incarnation as the Basis of Dogma’ in Robert Morgan (ed.) The Religion of the Incarnation: Anglican Essays in Commemoration of Lux Mundi, Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, pp.85-98; reprinted as ‘Beginning with the Incarnation’ in On Christian Theology, pp.79-92

1989l     ‘On Being Creatures’, 4 th Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture, Westminster Abbey; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.63-78

1989m     ‘Resurrection and Peace’, Theology 92 (November), pp.481-490; reprinted in Robin Gill (ed.), Readings in Modern Theology, London: SPCK, pp.306-16; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.265-275

1989n     ‘Trinity and Ontology’, in Kenneth Surin (ed.) Christ, Ethics and Tragedy, Cambridge: CUP, pp.71-92; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.148-166

1989o     ‘The Unity of Christian Truth’, New Blackfriars 70.824 (February), pp.85-95; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.16-28

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

1989p     ‘Eastern Orthodox theology’, in David Ford (ed.) The Modern Theologians, Oxford: Blackwell, pp.152-170; revised in the 2 nd edn, 1997 and the 3 rd, 2005

Sermons and Speeches

1989q     ‘Penance in the Penitentiary’, address given in Grendon Prison, March; printed in New Life 7, pp.25-34; reprinted in Theology 95 (March/April 1992), pp.88-96

Book Reviews

1989r     Review of Peter Brown, The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity, New York: Columbia University Press, 1988, and Elaine Pagels, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity, New York: Random House, 1988, Theology 92 (July), pp.338-341

1989s     Review of Jean Zizioulas, Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1985, Scottish Journal of Theology 42.1, pp.101-105


Articles and Lectures

1990a     ‘The Finality of Christ’, in Mary Kelly (ed.) Christology and Religious Pluralism: In Memoriam Charlotte Klein, London: Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, pp.21-38; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.93-106

1990b     ‘Hegel and the Gods of Postmodernity’, presented at The Shadow of Spirit: Contemporary Western Thought and its Religious Subtexts conference, King’s College Cambridge; reprinted in Philippa Berry and Andrew Wernick (eds) Shadow of Spirit: Postmodernism and Religion, London: Routledge, 1992, pp.72-80; reprinted in Wrestling with Angels, pp.25-34

1990c     ‘Der Literalsinn der Heiligen Schrift’, Evangelische Theologie 50.1, pp.55-71; English version: ‘The Literal Sense of Scripture’, Modern Theology 7 (January 1991), pp.121-134; reprinted as ‘The Discipline of Scripture’ in On Christian Theology, pp.44-59

1990d     ‘Newman’s Arians and the Question of Method in Doctrinal History’, in Ian Ker and Alan Hill (eds) Newman after a Hundred Years, Oxford: OUP, pp.263-285

1990e     ‘The Paradoxes of Self-knowledge in De trinitate‘, paper presented at Marquette University, November; printed in Joseph T. Lienhard, Earl C. Muller and Roland J. Teske (eds) Augustine: Presbyter Factus Sum, Collectanea Augustiniana, ed. Joseph C. Shnaubelt, Frederick Van Fleteren, New York: Peter Lang, 1993, pp.121-134

1990f     ‘Sapientia and the Trinity: reflections on De trinitate’, in Bernard Bruning, Mathijs Lamberigts and J van Houtem (eds) Collectanea Augustiniana: Mélanges T J van Bavel, vol 1, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium XCII-A, Louvain: Leuven University Press, pp.317-332

1990g     ‘Trinity and Pluralism’, in Gavin D’Costa (ed.)Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered: The Myth of a Pluralistic Theology of Religions, Faith Meets Faith Series, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, pp.3-15; reprinted in On Christian Theology, pp.3-15

1990h     ?paper in Affirming Catholicism, Papers given at the Affirming Catholicims Conference at St. Alban’s, Holborn on Saturday 9 June 1990

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

1990i     ‘Onward Christian Soldiers?’, The Guardian, Nov 1; reprinted in Manchester Guardian Weekly 143.19, Nov 11, and as ‘War in the Gulf: can it be “just”?’ in Christianity and Crisis: A Christian Journal of Opinion 50.18 (December) 17, pp.391-392

Introductions and Forewords

1990j     ‘Foreword’ in John Saward, The Mysteries of March: Hans Urs Von Balthasar on the Incarnation and Easter, London: HarperCollins

Book Reviews

1990k     Review of Hubertus R Drobner, Person-Exegese und Christologie bei Augustinus: Zur Herkunft der Formel Una Persona, Philosophia Patrum 8, Leiden: E J Brill, 1986, Journal of Theological Studies ns 41.1 (April), pp.264-266

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