Read more about the article A History of Christianity episode 5 – Protestantism – The Evangelical Explosion
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A History of Christianity episode 5 – Protestantism – The Evangelical Explosion

A History of Christianity episode 5: Diarmaid MacCulloch traces the growth of an exuberant expression of faith that has spread across the globe - Evangelical Protestantism. Today, it is associated with conservative politics, but the whole story is distinctly more unexpected.     A History of Christianity episode 5 - Protestantism - The Evangelical Explosion   It is easily forgotten that the evangelical explosion has been driven by a concern for social justice and the claim that one could stand…

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Read more about the article A History of Christianity episode 4 – Reformation – The Individual Before God
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A History of Christianity episode 4 – Reformation – The Individual Before God

In the fourth part of the series, Diarmaid MacCulloch makes sense of the Reformation, and of how a faith based on obedience and authority gave birth to one based on individual conscience.     The Amish today are peaceable folk, but five centuries ago their ancestors were seen as some of the most dangerous people in Europe. They were radicals - Protestants - who tore apart the Catholic Church. He shows how Martin Luther wrote hymns to teach people the…

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Read more about the article A History of Christianity episode 3 – Orthodoxy – From Empire to Empire
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A History of Christianity episode 3 – Orthodoxy – From Empire to Empire

A History of Christianity episode 3 - Orthodoxy: today, Eastern Orthodox Christianity flourishes in the Balkans and Russia, with over 150 million members worldwide. It is unlike Catholicism or Protestantism - worship is carefully choreographed, icons pull the faithful into a mystical union with Christ, and everywhere there is a symbol of a fierce-looking bird, the double-headed eagle. What story is this ancient drama trying to tell us?     A History of Christianity episode 3 - Orthodoxy - From…

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Read more about the article A History of Christianity episode 2 – The Unpredictable Rise of Rome
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A History of Christianity episode 2 – The Unpredictable Rise of Rome

A History of Christianity episode 2 : Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the rise of Roman Catholicism. How did a small Jewish sect become western Europe's established religion?     Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch's grandfather was a devout pillar of the local Anglican church and felt that any dabbling in Catholicism was liable to pollute the English way of life. But now his grandfather isn't around to stop him exploring the extraordinary and unpredictable rise of the Roman Catholic church.   A History…

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Read more about the article A History of Christianity episode 1 – The First Christianity
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A History of Christianity episode 1: professor Diarmaid MacCulloch - reveals the origins of Christianity and explores what it means to be a Christian.     A History of Christianity episode 1 - The First Christianity   When Diarmaid MacCulloch was a small boy, his parents used to drive him round historic churches. Little did they know that they had created a monster, with the history of the Christian Church becoming his life's work. In a series sweeping across four…

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