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Why study the history of Christianity?

Reasons Why Christians Should Study HistoryHistory is teleological – where do we stand in God’s timeline?The events recorded in the Bible are historical.To avoid being misled by others.To be a more effective apologist.People will take you more seriously (credibility).To avoid having a narrow vision and a narrow mind.It makes available new evangelistic opportunities.More items…

What is the origin of Christianity?

The Christian faith originated from the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also the most widespread and diverse belief system. Christianity commenced with the ministry of Jesus, a Jewish teacher, and healer who proclaimed the imminent kingdom of God.

How did Christianity begin?

Christianity is the religion that is based on the birth, life, death, resurrection and teaching of Jesus Christ. Christianity began in the 1st century CE after Jesus died and was resurrected. Starting as a small group of Jewish people in Judea, it spread quickly throughout the Roman Empire.

Who was the founder of Christianity?

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 makes it clear –Jesus Christis the founder of Christianity. It is Jesus’ death that paid the penalty for the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2). It was Jesus’ resurrection that ensures personal resurrection and eternal life to all those who believe in Him (1 Corinthians 15:12-34).

1×01 The First Christianity

When he was a small boy, Diarmaid MacCulloch’s 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.

1×02 The Unpredictable Rise Of Rome

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.

1×03 Orthodoxy: From Empire To Empire

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.

1×04 Reformation: The Individual Before God

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.

1×05 Protestantism: The Evangelical Explosion

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.

1×06 God In The Dock

Diarmaid MacCulloch’s own life story makes him a symbol of a distinctive feature about Western Christianity – scepticism, a tendency to doubt which has transformed both Western culture and Christianity. In the final programme in the series he asks where that change came from.