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Constantine's Sword
This astonishing exploration of the dark side of Christianity follows former priest James Carroll on a journey of remembrance and reckoning. Carroll, a National Book Award winner, is a practicing Catholic whose search for the truth leads him to confront…
The First Christianity
Part of the Series: A History of Christianity
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the origins of Christianity in ancient Israel.
Jesus' Many Faces
Episode 1 of FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ
PBS
HOUR ONE examines how Judaism and the Roman empire shaped Jesus' life. Jesus was an ordinary Jewish resident of his time, but new archaeological findings show that Jesus was probably not the humble class. Nazareth, where he grew up, was…
A Portrait of Jesus' World
Episode 2 of FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ
PBS
HOUR TWO explores the period after the crucifixion of Jesus and traces the beginnings of the Jesus Movement, in those early years before it was called Christianity: The Jesus Movement began as a sect within Judaism. Along the way, the…
The First Christians
Episode 4 of FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ
PBS
HOUR FOUR chronicles how the Christian movement - as it became separate from Judaism-would face new challenges--both internal and external. In the period between 100 and 300 C.E., the Christian movement grew throughout the Roman empire. At times there were…
The Story of the Storytellers
Episode 3 of FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ
PBS
HOUR THREE follows the story of the first attempts to write the life of Jesus--the Gospels: The Gospels were products of social and religious reconstruction in the period after the war, ranging from roughly 70 to after 100 C.E. The…
This Changed Everything - Episode 1 - Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Part of the Series: This Changed Everything
Meet Martin Luther and Huldrych Zwingli. These two reformers shared much in common but their differences would lead to a legacy of Christian discord that continues into the present day.
Orthodoxy, From Empire to Empire
Part of the Series: A History of Christianity
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the rise of the Greek Orthodox Church in Constantinople and the rise of the , Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
Rick Steves: Luther and the Reformation - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
Travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press…
Catholicism, The Unpredictable Rise of Rome
Part of the Series: A History of Christianity
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the beginnings of Catholicism, the rise of the Catholic Church in Rome and the Papacy.
This Changed Everything - Episode 2 - Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Part of the Series: This Changed Everything
The second episode in this series explores how the Protestant Reformation continued to spread quickly across Europe. Protestantism continued to splinter as radical reformers championed their own ideas leading to their bloody persecution by Protestants and Catholics alike. At Trent,…
Judgement Day
Part of the Series: Jerusalem
BBC
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site of the western wall, the last remnant of the second Jewish temple. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the…
Wellspring of Holiness
Part of the Series: Jerusalem
BBC
Author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore presents a three-part series illuminating the history of the sacred and peerlessly beautiful city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site…
Invasion, Invasion, Invasion
Part of the Series: Jerusalem
BBC
Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. For the Jewish faith, it is the site of the western wall, the last remnant of the second Jewish temple. For Christians, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the…
Orthodox Christianity: The Rumanian Solution
Part of the Series: The Long Search
The Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe seem to be bound to the Communist states in essentially loveless marriages, except in Rumania. The Rumanian Orthodox Church is still seen as an important aspect of Rumania's cultural heritage and ethnic identity. The…
Catholicism: Rome, Leeds and the Desert
Part of the Series: The Long Search
Catholicism, especially since Vatican II, has undergone many changes. In this episode filmed in Rome, Spain and England, we discover the diversity and the unity of the religious experience labeled the Holy Catholic Church.
This Changed Everything - Episode 3 - Commemorating 500 Years of the Reformation
Part of the Series: This Changed Everything
The series concludes with a look at recent events in church history including the modern Ecumenical Movement and Vatican II. Experts discuss the legacy of the Reformation and ask whether Christianity can ever be reunified.
Protestant Spirit USA
Part of the Series: The Long Search
In the 1100 churches of Indianapolis, we see bewildering multiplicity of Protestantism. Churches with the seating and styling of deluxe first-run theaters. Services conducted with the professionalism of television spectaculars. And congregations that occupy every seat at four staggered services…
FRONTLINE: From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians
PBS
"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" tells the epic story of the rise of Christianity. The four hours explore the life and death of Jesus, and the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we…
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God in the Dock
Part of the Series: A History of Christianity
Diarmaid MacCulloch, presents how skepticism has influenced Christianity and the future of western Christianity - 'Where will it go from here?'.