Book Review: Silent, in Order to Hear the Word

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Ullstein Bild, Granger Collection

Nuns worship in Ebersburg, Germany.

Silence may seem an unlikely signal to pick up across the noisy first two millennia of Christianity. The Gospel of John opens not with the nativity stories and kinship trees of its predecessor gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but with a bold identification of Jesus as word made flesh, the very concept of the faith swaddled from the start in logos.