Diarmaid Ninian John MacCullouch (31 October 1951) is a British ecclesiastic historian. He is currently Professor of History of the Church at Oxford University and has been a Fellow of St. Cross College since 1995. MacCulloch was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) in 1978, as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 1982, and as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2001. Outside of his many outstanding accomplishments he is an award winning author and New York Times Bestseller. MacCullouch earned his BA (1972), MA (1976) and PhD (1977) from Cambridge University.
Diarmaid's book: History of Christianity: the first three thousand years (Penguin/Allen Lane) inspired the 2009 BBC TV series of the same name. The book won McGill University's Peter Cundill Prize for history (2010). The world's largest prize for this academia. In 2018, MacCulloch released the biography Thomas Cromwell: A Life. Of his greatest critiques has been how the Church of England regards homosexuality.
"I was ordained Deacon (Church of England). But, being a gay man, it was just impossible to proceed further, within the conditions of the Anglican set-up, because I was determined that I would make no bones about who I was; I was brought up to be truthful, and truth has always mattered to me. The Church couldn't cope and so we parted company."
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