|Episode 1: The First ChristianityRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the origins of Christianity in ancient Israel,
- 1.) The First Christianity
- 00:11:07Jesus Christ and Jerusalem are highlighted in this first chapter on the history of the Christian religion and Christian church.
- 2.) Christian Edessa
- 00:10:15The founding of the Christian church and its spread to Syria and Edessa in Turkey, as well the conversion of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great and the founding of Constantinople in what would become the Byzantine Empire are discussed in this chapter.
- 3.) Constantine's Capital
- 00:10:41This chapter looks at the Roman Emperor Constantine, the establishment of the Christian church and the founding of Constantinople, as well as Jesus, the historic Jesus and God.
- 4.) The Syriac Orthodox Church
- 00:10:18The Christian Church in Syria as well as Imperial Christianity are discussed as they fight against Islam established by the Muslim prophet, Mohammed in the 7th century.
- 5.) The Church of The East
- 00:08:58The spread of Christianity and the Christian Church by Mar Timothy in Iraq as well as the spread of Christianity to China are discussed in this chapter.
- 6.) The Religion of Light
- 00:07:36This chapter discusses Christian China and the Christian Church.
|Episode 2: Catholicism, The Unpredictable Rise of RomeRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the beginnings of Catholicism, the rise of the Catholic Church in Rome and the Papacy.
- 1.) Catholicism
- 00:10:11The rise of Catholicism and Catholic Christianity in the Roman Empire, as well as the bringing of Christianity to Rome and Constantinople through Constantine, Peter, and Paul are discussed in this chapter.
- 2.) A New Jerusalem
- 00:08:16The Catholic Church as seen in its great churches, St. Martins and St. Peter, early leading Christian leaders such as Constantine, Augustine and Pope Damasus I, as well as the concept of original sin and the fall of Rome to the barbarians, causing the Dark Ages are examined in this chapter.
- 3.) At A Crossroads
- 00:13:40With the fall of the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages began in western Europe, which helped Orthodox Christianity under Justinian to flourish as well as Aryan Christianity, and later, leaders such as Benedict, Pope Gregory I, Augustine, the Archbishop of Canterbury, would lead a revival of Christianity in western Europe through Christian monasteries.
- 4.) Skellig Michael Monastery
- 00:07:35This chapter discusses the Skellig Michael Monastery, one of the homes of Irish Christianity and Celtic Christians, as well as Charlemagne the Holy Roman Emperors and the clash with Islam.
- 5.) Central Control
- 00:09:58Pope Gregory VII's influence on Catholic Christianity as well as the concepts of salvation, purgatory, and the Crusades, or holy wars against Islam and the role of the Knights Templar are discussed in this chapter.
- 6.) Religious Structure
- 00:09:16Catholic Church, the Papacy and the Vatican, and leaders such as Pope Innocent III and Francis of Assisi as well as the concepts of confession, and communion and the use of the Inquisition to stamp out heresy are discussed in this chapter.
|Episode 3: Orthodoxy, From Empire to EmpireRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the rise of the Greek Orthodox Church in Constantinople and the rise of the , Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
- 1.) Orthodoxy
- 00:11:25The Eastern Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox, in the Byzantine Empire led by Justinian and Theodora are discussed in this chapter.
- 2.) Icons
- 00:09:22This chapter highlights icons, mystical Christian icons and iconoclasm, as well as the Byzantine Empire and its struggle Islam.
- 3.) Cyril & Methodius
- 00:10:55Saints Cyril and Methodius founded Slavic Christianity, while the Nicene Creed underscored the Christian Schism between the Byzantine Empire's Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Rome's Roman Catholic Christianity.
- 4.) The Third Rome
- 00:04:30Russian Orthodox Christianity was part of the Russian Empire.
- 5.) Ivan The Terrible
- 00:10:25Russian Orthodox Christianity during the early centuries of the Russian Empire was used by Russian Tsars such as Ivan the Terrible, Alexi, and Peter the Great, rulers who were opposed by wandering spiritual hermits such as St. Basil.
- 6.) Communism
- 00:11:34The Fall of the Russian Empire under Tsar Nicholas II was caused in part by the disreputable mystic, Rasputin, and was replaced by Communism, led by Lenin and Stalin.
|Episode 4: Reformation - The Individual Before GodRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses the Reformation, Protestantism, Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli , John Calvin, the Counter Reformation, and the Thirty Years War.
- 1.) Reformation
- 00:10:53The Reformation against the Catholic Church, was begun by Martin Luther and would lead to Protestantism.
- 2.) Zurich & Zwingli
- 00:10:59Huldrych Zwingli, a Reformation, leader against the Catholic Church as well as Protestantism and Baptists are discussed in this chapter.
- 3.) John Calvin
- 00:07:06John Calvin, the founder of Calvinism, and a Reformation leader of Protestantism, wrote Institutes of the Christian Religion.
- 4.) The Church of England
- 00:11:57English Protestantism, led by the Puritans and their reformer, Oliver Cromwell, as well as the Anglican Church, the Counter Reformation, the Catholic Church, and the idea of the confessional are discussed in this chapter.
- 5.) The New World
- 00:08:10Catholicism came to the New World through Catholic missionaries and missions.
- 6.) Bohemia & Beyond
- 00:09:37The Defenestration of Prague started the 30 Years War, one of many Christian Wars. The Amish and Quakers, are also discussed.
|Episode 5: Protestantism - The Evangelical ExplosionRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch presents the rise of the Protestant Church's evangelical Protestantism.
- 1.) Protestantism
- 00:08:44The influence of Moravians on Evangelical Protestantism is examined.
- 2.) John Wesley
- 00:09:07Evangelical Protestantism leaders John Wesley and George Whitefield are profiled in this story about Methodism and the Great Awakening in America of the 1700s.
- 3.) American Diversity
- 00:11:40The influence of George Whitefield and the idea of American Protestantism, as well as the concepts of Separation of Church and State and religious freedom are examined in this chapter.
- 4.) Slavery & Religion
- 00:09:38George Whitefield, American black Christianity, American Black Evangelicalism, African Protestantism and African Evangelicalism are discussed in this chapter.
- 5.) African Missionaries
- 00:08:22the unique concepts of African Christianity, African Protestantism, and African Evangelicalism led by William Wade Harris are examined.
- 6.) Korean Pentecostals
- 00:11:16This chapter examines Korean Christianity, Korean Protestantism, Korean Pentecostalism, and Korean evangelicalism led by David Yonggi Cho.
|Episode 6: God in the DockRunning Time: 0:59:00|
Diarmaid MacCulloch, presents how skepticism has influenced Christianity and the future of western Christianity - 'Where will it go from here?'.
- 1.) God In The Dock
- 00:09:41The Age of Enlightenment, led by philosophers such as Baruch de Spinoza, who wrote Ethics, would influence the Christian faith.
- 2.) Natural Philosophy
- 00:09:46Sir Isaac Newton and Voltaire, who wrote Candide, were leaders of the Enlightenment.
- 3.) The French Revolution
- 00:11:05The Enlightenment, the modern Catholic Church and Napoleon Bonaparte are discussed.
- 4.) Modernism of War
- 00:06:28This chapter examines the effects of Modernism and World War I, on Christian morality and Christian ethics.
- 5.) Scientific Socialism
- 00:11:41The influences of Communism, World War II, Anti-Semitism, Nazis and Concentration Camps on are discussed.
- 6.) Questions
- 00:10:18Christianity, homosexuality, and the post modern Christian Church are discussed in this final chapter.