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Silence; A Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch


Silence; A Christian History by Diarmaid MacCulloch

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? And 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 the faith and established the language of their most intimate appeals for guidance and forgiveness. Now in this exhilarating meditation, the New York Times best-selling author of Christianity considers the role of silence in Christian prayer and history.

MacCulloch shows how Jesus chose to emphasize silence as an essential part of his message. He introduces us to the first monks, in Syria, whose decision to set themselves apart from society set the stage for a new kind of mysticism. He explores how silence shaped the great medieval monastic communities of Europe and offers a surprising reconsideration of the Reformation. He also addresses 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 in the priesthood.

A ground breaking work that illuminates the  most fundamental act of any Christian wanting to be heard by God, Silence gives voice to the greatest mysteries of faith.

This book looks at an incredibly rare aspect of the Christian church and is available at Charlie Byrne’s for the bargain price of €12, for more information or to reserve a copy, simply contact us!


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