This ground-breaking book provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence. Rachel Muers, a significant Quaker theologian and author of Testimony: Quakerism and Theological Ethics, develops a theological understanding of communication to which a “responsible silence” is central. In doing so, she engages with the key issues raised for Christian theology by feminist thought, and develops an original reading of significant aspects of the theology and ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She also presents a challenge, from the perspective of Christian theology and practice, to a communicative environment dominated by wars of words. the central theological claim explored in the book is that God listens, and that God’s listening is integral to who God is.