Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Diarmaid MacCulloch at All Saints TONIGHT!

Diarmaid MacCulloch, acclaimed author and Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, will be in the Forum at All Saints Church in Pasadena on Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

His new book, Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, is getting rave reviews and is the basis for a new BBC series on church history.

From a recent review:

"... a crucial contribution to today's religious debate. Contemporary critics have portrayed the Christian legacy as uniformly anti-rational and antediluvian; the enemy, this way, can be destroyed with a single blow.

MacCulloch instead portrays a multi-dimensional movement, which, through the millennia, has acted as liberator and not just oppressor, intellectual driving force as well as censor. In a culture shaped more by Dawkins than Deuteronomy, this amounts to an act of iconoclasm. But for MacCulloch, "science is a very imprecise word", at its core exhibiting "no clash of purpose or intention with religion".

True scientists, he explains, are philosophers bent as much on an examination of God's creation as any theologian. In today's world, this is an incendiary statement and it makes one long to organise a debate between MacCulloch, professor of church history at Oxford University, and Dawkins, former professor for the understanding of science."

Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing. It's short notice, but come by if you can!

132 North Euclid Pasadena CA 91101

1 comment:

lou.poulain said...

Oh, I so wish I was in Southern California and able to hear Dr. McCulloch! His tome on the reformation was wonderful, as was his biography of Cranmer. I've just received my Kindle version of his new book and can't wait to start. You are so fortunate! Enjoy.
Lou, in Sunnyvale CA