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Rowan Williams’s tragic mistake

How can Rowan Williams reconcile his Christianity with the Greek tragic vision?

By Edith Hall   December 2016

The Tragic Imagination by Rowan Williams (OUP, £12.99)

Can there be a Christian reading of tragedy? Can a pre-Christian, pagan, literary genre, which confronts the gross unfairness of human pain, be reconciled with the idea of a loving deity? Expectations must be high of a book about tragedy professing to explore these questions by Rowan Williams. He is the most intellectually renowned British churchman alive, a former Archbishop of…

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