Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years

Season 1 Episode 1

The Founding of a Faith

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The Founding of a Faith
They were one of many sects barely tolerated by the Roman Empire. But according to the Scriptures, fifty days after Jesus died at Calgary, his followers were "filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages." With that miraculous event, a religion was born. "The Founding of a Faith" consults ancient texts and modern scholars to chronicle the first centuries of Christianity, when Rome tried to destroy the new religion while converts spread the gospel throughout the Mediterranean. Follow in the footsteps of St. Paul, perhaps the most important early shaper of Christian belief. And see how even Emperor Diocletian's violent persecution of Christians could not check the growth of the faith that would eventually be adopted by his successor.moreless

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