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Is Diarmaid MacCulloch’s film on the history of Christianity accurate?

Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor, travels to historical points of interest relevant to Christianity discussing the origins and spread of Christianity in a span of 6 episodes. Interesting film. But many facts are poorly described. There are inaccuracies. The history of Christianity is described superficially, roughly, negligently.

Who is Diarmaid MacCulloch?

Diarmaid MacCulloch explores the extraordinary rise of the Roman Catholic church as his BBC documentary series continues. Over one billion Christians look to Rome, more than half of all Christians on the planet.

Where did John MacCulloch travel?

The series includes subjects from Palestine in the first century to India in the third, from Damascus to China in the seventh century and from San Francisco to Korea in the twentieth. MacCulloch is one of the most widely travelled of Christian historians and conveys a sense of place as arrestingly as he does the power of ideas.

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A History of Christianity, a six-part series presented by Diarmaid MacCulloch, an Oxford history professor whose books about Cranmer and the Reformation have been acclaimed as masterpieces. A History Of Christianity will reveal the true origins of Christianity and delve into what it means to be a Christian.

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What is the most difficult and troubling affirmation of the Christian faith?

Amidst a montage of evocative images, MacCulloch opines that “The belief that Jesus can overcome death is the most difficult and troubling affirmation of the Christian faith. Over twenty centuries it’s made Christians act in heroic, joyful, beautiful, terrible ways.” How, exactly, has he concluded that Jesus overcoming death is “difficult and troubling” — let alone “the most difficult and troubling”?

What prompted the first Christians to flee?

Explaining that a Roman siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 prompted the first Christians to flee, MacCulloch asks, “Where would Gentile Christians look now?”, and again presuming his audience to be acquainted with the New Testament, he remarks, “You might think obviously west to Rome, because that’s where Paul had gone. But at the time it would not have seemed obvious at all.” But is this not a false dichotomy? At this point in history, churches had already been established in the cities to which Paul wrote his epistles. Why would devastation in Jerusalem terminate them? And why does MacCulloch ignore them?

What episode does Grace Dalton reflect on?

Grace Dalton reflects on Episode 1 of Diarmaid MacCulloch’s ‘A History of Christianity,’ which was recently re-aired on the BBC.

Where is Grace Dalton?

Grace Dalton is a Christian blogger based in the UK who comments on issues of all kinds in society and the media. You can find her blog at http://gracedrawsfluffythings.blogspot.com/.

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