Silence: A Christian History

Silence: A Christian History

by Diarmaid MacCulloch
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Silence: A Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch

A provocative meditation on the role of silence in Christian tradition by the New York Times bestselling author of Christianity

We live in a world dominated by noise. Religion is, for many, a haven from the clamor of everyday life, allowing us to pause for silent contemplation. But as Diarmaid MacCulloch shows, there are many forms of religious silence, from contemplation and prayer to repression and evasion. In his latest work, MacCulloch considers Jesus’s strategic use of silence in his confrontation with Pontius Pilate and traces the impact of the first mystics in Syria on monastic tradition. He discusses the complicated fate of silence in Protestant and evangelical tradition and confronts the more sinister institutional forms of silence. A groundbreaking book by one of our greatest historians, Silence challenges our fundamental views of spirituality and illuminates the deepest mysteries of faith.

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ISBN-13: 9781101638064
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/12/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 485,018
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diarmaid MacCulloch is a fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, and professor of the history of the church at Oxford University. His books include Suffolk and the Tudors, winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize, and Thomas Cranmer: A Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and the Duff Cooper Prize. A former Anglican deacon, he has presented many highly celebrated documentaries for television and radio, and was knighted in 2012 for his services to scholarship. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MacCulloch's recent effort is a book in search of a thesis. Silence remains an elusive topic for him as he wanders in and out of historical examples which in the final analysis leave the reader sensing a lack of clarity and coherence. This is a far cry from his excellent book, CHRISTIANITY: THE FIRST THREE THOUSAND YEARS.