A Christian History
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Is silence a state of grace that allows us to commune with God, or a cloak for evil? In this rigorous and compelling book, Oxford's Professor of Church History examines the devotional importance of silence from the time of Christ through the Reformation to the present day. In the later chapters, he examines its more sinister function, from the Church's embrace of slavery and its muted reaction to the Holocaust to the cover-up of sexual abuse by priests.