‘Diarmaid MacCulloch’s 2006 Gifford Lectures Silence take a cross-section of Christian history, examining the theme of “silence” as a moral and spiritual act. Silence here stands in a dialectical relationship with “speech”, and acquires a wide range of different meanings and applications’.
Introduction: Voices and Silence in Tanakh and Christian New Testament
Lecture 2: Catholic Christianity and the Arrival of Ascetism, 100-400
Lecture 3: Silence Through Schism and Two Reformations: 451-1500
Lecture 4: Silence Transformed: The Third Reformation 1500-1700
Lecture 5: Getting Behind Noise in Christian History
Lecture 6: Silence in Modern and Future Christianities