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The HISTORY of Christianity and its GLOBAL IMPACT
Over the last two millennia, Jesus of Nazareth--an itinerant Jewish preacher who was publicly executed--impacted history more than any other human being. Once a persecuted minority, his followers conquered nations, created artistic and architectural masterpieces, and committed atrocities. In this sweeping 13-part documentary, Bamber Gascoigne examines Christianity not as a religion, but as a potent historical force that continues to shape our world.
Filmed on location in more than 30 countries around the globe, The Christians shows how one faith has influenced a vast array of cultures and, in turn, how it has adapted to diversity. It takes a penetrating look at emperors and evangelists, monks and madmen, artists and inquisitors as it reveals the conflicts, reconciliations, and controversies of one of the world’s most pervasive religions.
A new introductory segment by host Bamber Gascoigne
16-page viewer’s guide includes highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, timeline, and more.
The Cultures of the Cross and Christ in Art photo galleries
Architects of the Faith, select bios of people influential to Christianity
Longtime host of the popular British quiz show University Challenge, Bamber Gascoigne studied at Cambridge and earned a Harkness Fellowship at Yale. He has hosted several historical documentaries and written over a dozen books.
Saw this years ago, at a time of my own spirtiual awakening. The narrator's clothing may long be out of style but the commentary and his delivery remain just as fascinating . Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by David135
It was a great series years ago on PBS and now it's available for all. Gascoigne is a clever scholar with a wry sense of humor and an appealing persona. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Joe Ponic
"THE CHRISTIANS" leaves out the entire Eastern Church except for Russian Orthodoxy! There are many Eastern Rite Catholics (who are in communion with Rome) as well as many Eastern... Read morePublished on January 24, 2010 by +Sister Geraldine M. Wagner