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A History of Christianity (TV series)

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First episode date  5 November 2009
Language  English
7.6/10 IMDb

Network  BBC Four
Cast  Diarmaid MacCulloch
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A History of Christianity is a six-part British television series originally broadcast on BBC Four in 2009. The series was presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch and was repeated on BBC Two in 2010.



The aim of the BBC was to produce "a new 'landmark' series which will examine the origins of Christianity and the relevance of the faith in the modern world".

Presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of History of the Church at St Cross College Oxford, the series considers the evolution of the Christian faith and its four main forms: Orthodoxy, Oriental Christianity, Western Catholicism and Protestantism.


One reviewer of the DVD set commented: "Diarmaid is certainly well-educated, and his knowledge of Christian history seems to be quite vast. And while he has his book knowledge, he seems to be genuinely excited about the subject he's discussing. He presents the first years of Christianity in a factual way, in a manner that's enthusiastic but doesn't belie his own personal beliefs. For all we know Diarmid could be a Buddhist, such is his presentation of the facts. He seems excited, but not showing a certain bias either way"

Another reviewer of the DVD set commented: "What has surprised many of us is MacCulloch's vehement hostility, even hatred, which he seems to express with regard to the Pope. This does not bode well for a balanced television series funded at Catholic licence payers expense"


A book, published in September 2009, is available.

  • A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. London, Allen Lane. 2009. ISBN 978-0-7139-9869-6
  • The series was released on DVD on 1 February 2010 with the title, A History Of Christianity.


    A History of Christianity (TV series) Wikipedia

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