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The Wound of Knowledge

Christian Spirituality from the New Testament to St. John of the Cross


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In this classic treatise on Christian spirituality, Rowan Williams takes us with a new eye along a road marked out by Paul, John, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, and finally to Luther and St. John of the Cross. The Wound of Knowledge is a penetrating psychological and intellectual analysis of Christian spirituality from one of the finest theological minds of our day.

Author Information

Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012, and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Judges' and contributors' comments

Mark Oakley: The poet Juan Ramon Jimenez once asked that ‘the wings take root and the roots fly’. The image reminds me of Rowan Williams’ work: always hoeing the soil of tradition to bring freshness to the top, the roots of our faith being our wings. This book taught me the value and necessity of this approach.

James Woodward: Christian spirituality from the New Testament to St John of the Cross – now reprinted and properly so will remain for many years to come a spiritual classic. It grounds so many of our trivial and superficial questions within a tradition that puts much ground between the ego, the self and the soul.

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