Diarmaid MacCulloch to deliver lecture on Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the man who shaped Anglican worship
The Heard Word: Pulpit vs Playhouse is a series of events at Shakespeare’s Globe which includes four lectures presented in association with Southwark Cathedral, celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church in the Theology Faculty, St Cross College, Oxford, will examine the life of one of the most influential figures (His Grace says modestly) of the English Reformation when he delivers 'Thomas Cranmer: The Missing Preacher' at 7pm on Wednesday 31st August. The lecture is dedicated to the memory of the Very Revered Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark, who initiated the series.
Professor MacCulloch explains the importance of His Grace to the church: “Thomas Cranmer was a man at the heart of the Reformation, and so remains at the heart of worldwide Anglican identity. But his preaching is entirely lost to us: an astonishing silence for one of the great names in Protestant origins.”
He adds that his lecture will 'try to recover the real man who was a friend of kings and who shaped Anglican worship over the centuries'. As Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace was a leading advocate of Henry VIII’s unprecedented divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He was also a key supporter of the translation of the Bible into English, and was instrumental in the completion of the Book of Common Prayer, helping to establish the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England.
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Reverend Christopher Chessun, comments on the lecture programme: "This series will be a great chance for everyone to re-discover the enduring beauty and appeal of the King James Version of the Bible and reflect on both its great impact on religious life and the English language. Diarmaid MacCulloch’s lecture on Cranmer will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about this important reformer. I am especially pleased that the Globe and Southwark Cathedral have been able to collaborate in this series and to acknowledge the contribution made by Colin Slee."