Saints in public: Holy lives and the function of theological speech in the political theology of Rowan Williams

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Abstract

This article explores the way Rowan Williams understands saints as theo-politically significant. By surveying a number of key texts by Williams in different genres, the author argues that the saints for Williams are highly important for his political theology. For him, the saints make a political theology possible, since they witness to the world as rooted in Gods will. This, in turn, is significant for understanding how theological language works, since it goes beyond the limits of “realistic” discourse, bound by a certain secular understanding of the way the world “is”. The significance of this feature of theological language is demonstrated by discussing texts by Martin Hägglund and Theo Hobson.

Translated title of the contributionOffentliga helgon: Heliga liv och det teologiska språkets funktion i Rowan Williams politiska teologi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-163
Number of pages23
JournalStudia Theologica
Volume75
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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