The Christians - Season 1

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  • 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.
  • Protest and Reform
    Episode 7
    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.
  • People of the Book
    Episode 5
    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.
  • A Peculiar People
    Episode 1
    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.