Faith and Religion
Broadcaster, writer and historian Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch introduces his latest work Silence in Christian History. MacCulloch, well known for his 2009 BBC TV series and book A History of Christianity, looks at silence throughout Christianity, including prayer, mystical contemplation, shame, evasion and careless and purposeful forgetting. He describes the early Church’s attitude to the competing claims of silence and noise, shows how monasticism came to dominate Christian worship, and looks at the sudden eruption of noise in the Protestant reformation.
MacCulloch is professor of the history of the Church at the University of Oxford. His books include Thomas Cranmer, winner of the Whitbread Biography Award, the James Tail Black prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. A History of Christianity won the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest history prize. His most recent television series, How God Made the English, broadcast in March 2012.
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