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

 

RLWC 2017 Draw: New Zealand Set For A Festival Of Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League fans will have the chance to see the Kiwis in action against the best in the Pacific region for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. More>>

ALSO:

Non-Pokemon News: Magical Park A Safer Augmented Reality For Younger Audiences

Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. More>>

'Erroneous': Pokemon App Makers On Huge Privacy Flaw

We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account... More>>

ALSO:

Te Wiki O Te Reo: Te Reo Māori Is For All New Zealanders — Minister

Minister for Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell welcomes the start of Māori Language Week today and invites all New Zealanders to give speaking te reo Māori a go. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news