A History of Christianity
Sundays, March 1-15, at 1 pm and 2:30 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, March 4-18, at 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
Offering a truly global history of Christianity, this new six-part series is presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books about Thomas Cranmer and the Reformation have been acclaimed as masterpieces.
A HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY reveals the religion’s true origins and delves into what it means to be a Christian. Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in scope, the series uncovers how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world.
Most Christian histories start with St. Paul’s mission to Rome, but MacCulloch argues that early Christianity stayed much closer to its Middle Eastern roots. He describes the main ideas and personalities and its organization and spirituality, as well as how it has changed politics, sex and human society.
The series ranges from Palestine in the first century to India in the third, from Damascus to China in the seventh century and from San Francisco to Korea in the 20th. MacCulloch shows how, after a semblance of unity in its earliest centuries, the church divided during the next 1,400 years into three increasingly distanced parts, of which the Western Church was by no means always the most important.