Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Writers Week welcomes candid friend of Christianity

Writers Week welcomes candid friend of Christianity

"I was brought up in the presence of the Bible, and I remember with affection what it was like to hold a dogmatic position on the statements of Christian belief. I would now describe myself as a candid friend of Christianity." - Diarmaid MacCulloch

The New Zealand Festival is delighted to host one of Britain’s most distinguished living historians during Writers Week, 7-12 March 2014.

On 11 March Diarmaid MacCulloch will discuss his career to date and latest book, which looks at silence through Christianity, including prayer, meditation and purposeful forgetting. “If you discard doctrines which don’t work […] you then get rid of those noises and behind them you find the silence, which you might say is the silence of God.”

MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and the award-winning author of A History of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years (2010) and Silence: a Christian History (2013). He was the presenter on BBC4 and BBC2 of "A History of Christianity - the first 3,000 years", which won the Radio Times Listeners' Award in 2010, "How God made the English" (BBC2, 2012) and "Henry VIII's fixer: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell." He received a knighthood in January 2012 for services to scholarship. “I fairly consciously stood on the edge of the church,” said MacCulloch, who is now “trying to share this luxury of being on the edge and looking in”.

Joining MacCulloch in another session on 8 March to discuss Having Faith in the 21st Century is Francis Spufford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and practising Christian whose latest book,Unapologetic, has been called a “muscular counter-attack against the arguments of Richard Dawkins et al” (Metro).

The conversation will touch on faith and community in the modern world, and explore how both authors have reconciled their own beliefs within the confines of church doctrine.

Having Faith in the 21st Century
8 March 12.15pm at Embassy Theatre
Tickets $18
Silence: A Christian History
11 March 1.45pm at Embassy Theatre
Tickets $18


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Fringe Review: Rossum’s Universal Robots

Written in 1920 by Karel Capek in a newly independent Czechoslovakia, its prophetic tale of artificial intelligence, automata and human morality was initially a big hit, but it then vanished from view, in New Zealand at least, before being revived in Hamilton last year. More>>

SELECT FRINGE SHOWS:

Pictures Of Media: Call For Photographs For Reimagining Journalism

In August this year Freerange Press is launching its next big book. This time we are gathering the best writers and thinkers in the country to look at the changing media landscape in New Zealand. To illuminate and give voice to the writing we want to include around 25 excellent photos. We want these photos to document the different aspects of how journalism is made, how it used to be, and how it is changing. More>>

Safer Internet Day: Keeping Safe Online More Important Than Ever

Tuesday 9 February marks Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is designed to create awareness about the importance of Internet safety and encourages positive use of technology - with a strong focus on young people. More>>

ALSO:

We Have The Technology: Zephyrometer Up And Moving

“The needle’s stoppers had to be repaired because of the extra impact caused by the balance not being correct. We also added an extra 300kgs counter-balance – made from zinc coated steel triangle plates. These adjustments will now stop it bending low over the road in high winds.” More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Treaty Of Waitangi - Found In Translation

To celebrate the Society of Translators and Interpreters's 30th anniversary, over 90 translators will work together to translate the English and Māori versions of the Treaty of Waitangi into 30 languages... More>>

ALSO:

Northland Development: Trust Applauds $4m Government Funding For Art Centre

Today's announcement of central government support, made by Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce, provides a key step forward in funding for Whangarei’s Hundertwasser Art Centre & Wairau Maori Art Gallery. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news