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Silence

A Christian HIstory

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Publication Date:
9/12/2013
ISBN:
9780670025565
Pages:
272
Product Type:
Hardback

A provocative history of the role of silence in Christianity by the award- winning, "New York Times" bestselling author

In this essential work of religious history, the "New York Times "bestselling author of "Christianity" explores the vital role of silence in the Christian story.

How should one speak to God? Are our prayers more likely to be heard if we offer them quietly at home or loudly in church? How can we really know if God is listening? From the earliest days, Christians have struggled with these questions. Their varied answers have defined the boundaries of Christian faith and established the language of our most intimate appeals for guidance or forgiveness.

MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message and how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe. He also examines the darker forms of religious silence, from the church's embrace of slavery and its muted reaction to the Holocaust to the cover-up by Catholic authorities of devastating sexual scandals.

A groundbreaking work that will change our understanding of the most fundamental wish to be heard by God, "Silence" gives voice to the greatest mysteries of faith.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. Though ordained as a deacon in the Church of England, he declined ordination to the priesthood for political reasons.


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