5 March, 2014 10:43AM AEST
Diarmaid MacCulloch’s recent history of Christianity is an expansive account of the religion’s growth, struggles and paradoxes.
Broadcast date: Wednesday 5 March
Diarmaid’s childhood was steeped in the teachings of the Anglican church, in which his father and grandfather were clergymen.
He studied history at Churchill College, Cambridge, and has written several highly-awarded histories on aspects of the Christian story.
Diarmaid resigned his ministry with the Church of England when its views on homosexuality became unreconcilable with his own.
He is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and was knighted for his services to scholarship in 2012.
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years is published by Penguin.
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Professor Diarmaid McCulloch, ordained as a Deacon on the Church of England, resigned his ministry in that Church on account of his opposition to its treatment of homosexuals.
An acknowledged scholar in the History of the Church at Oxford University, Diarmaid has continued to take an interest in the affairs of the Church, even though he believes that its lack of empathy with the LGBT community is lacking in the ethos of the ‘Good News’ that he sees as intrinsic to the Gospel, where Jesus is seen to have included everyone – irrespective of social, religious, ethnic, gender or sexual difference.
It is good to hear this renowned scholar engaging in conversation about his view of biblical history, as well as of the circumstances in which the Church came into being, and how it has been advanced over the centuries until today. Well worth an hour’s listening to this interview by the ABC commentator, Richard Fidler.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand