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  • Season 1
    • The Godless State?
      Episode 13
      10/25/77
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      Ironically, Christianity survived--even thrived--in Communist Russia and Poland, while Communism exerted itself in nominally Catholic Italy.
    • 10/18/77
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      It took the Vatican two centuries to accept a heliocentric universe. But science proved only one threat to faith, and change often sparked a fundamentalist reaction.
    • Missions Abroad
      Episode 11
      10/11/77
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      By the 19th century, Europe had begun to export its own brand of commerce and Christianity to Africa, while industrialized urban poverty choked religion at home.
    • 10/4/77
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      George Whitefield and John Wesley injected emotion into a faith that had become rational, genteel, and--for too many Christians--boring and irrelevant.
    • 9/27/77
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      Many Protestants persecuted breakaway sects as vigorously as the Catholic Church has attacked heretics. But when some victims sought refuge in America, they too turned tyrannical.
    • 9/20/77
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      In the 16th century, as Spain expanded Christianity into the New World, the Catholic Church countered the Reformation with its elite "shock troops," the Jesuits.
    • 9/13/77
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      Martin Luther's reformist ideas threatened to wreak theological and political havoc, but soon his acolytes had exported Protestant concepts all over Europe.
    • 9/6/77
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      Leading up to the Renaissance, as many as three popes simultaneously claimed spiritual and political authority--while dissidents decried their corruption.
    • 8/30/77
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      Jews, Christians, and Muslims hold sacred not only some of the same scriptures, but also some of the same sites, which they've fought over for centuries.
    • Faith and Fear
      Episode 4
      8/23/77
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      Constantly living in the shadow of death, medieval Christians turned to relics to temper God's judgment and built mighty cathedrals to glorify Him.
    • 8/16/77
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      After waves of barbarians swept through the Roman Empire, Charlemagne struck a deal with Pope Leo III to establish both religious and political stability.
    • 8/9/77
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      Between the 3rd and 6th centuries CE, Christianity evinced two contrasting impulses that persist to this day: worldliness and asceticism.
    • 8/2/77
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      Beginning with the followers of an itinerant preacher in a backwater of the Roman Empire, Christianity became Rome's religion with astonishing speed.