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Passions of the Soul

The Eastern Christian tradition is filled with theological and spiritual riches.


In Passions of the Soul, Rowan Williams opens up the great classics of Eastern Christian writing to show how it can help us to understand and cope with the ups and downs of modern life.


With compelling and illuminating insight, he shows the cost of living in a culture that is theologically and philosophically undernourished, working with a diminished and trivialized picture of the human self. The Eastern tradition teaches us how to develop our self-knowledge and awareness, so that we can relate to the world without selfish illusions. Only then can we be ready for our eyes to be opened to God, and avoid destructive patterns of behaviour.


Only in this way can we understand the kind of people we need to become.

Passions of the Soul

  • Rowan Williams

    Rowan Williams shows how the Eastern Fathers can help us to understand and cope with the turbulent ups and downs of the 21st century.

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    Korean; Dutch; Greek

  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Continuum
    Publication Date: 18-01-2024
    Format: Paperback | 198 x 129mm | 160 pages
  • About the Author

    Rowan Williams is a former Archbishop of Canterbury and was until 2020 Master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including Looking East in Winter, Holy Living, and The Edge of Words, published by Bloomsbury Continuum. 

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