A hush will fall for this year’s Gifford Lecture Series, as Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the significance of silence in Christianity.
In Silence in Christian History: The Witness of Holmes’ Dog, over six lectures Professor MacCulloch will look at from how the lack of sound has shaped the religion, from mute monasteries to the silence that greeted some of the church’s most controversial episodes.
The first lecture will take place on April 23, followed by events on 24, 26, 30 April and 1,3 May.
MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and a prize-winning author.
In 2010 his History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years and the 2009 BBC TV series based on it, won the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history.
He was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List of 2012.
The Gifford Lectures have been delivered annually since 1888 by a succession of distinguished international scholars.
The Gifford Lectureships (held at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews) were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford (1820-1887), a Senator of the College of Justice at the University of Edinburgh.
Established to 'promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term - in other words, the knowledge of God,' the Lectureships have enabled a most notable field of scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological thought.
Tickets are free but booking is essential.
Monday 23 April 2012, 5.30pm
Monday 23 April 2012, 7.00pm
St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ