A History of Christianity (TV series)

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A History of Christianity
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Presented byDiarmaid MacCulloch
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Running time60 mins
Original networkBBC Four
Original release5 November (2009-11-05) –
10 December 2009 (2009-12-10)

A History of Christianity is a six-part British television series originally broadcast on BBC Four in 2009. The series was presented by the English ecclesiastical historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford.


The aim of the BBC network was to produce "a new 'landmark' series which will examine the origins of Christianity and the relevance of the faith in the modern world".[1] Presented by the English ecclesiastical historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford, the series considers the historical development of the Christian religion since its inception in the 1st century to the contemporary era, and its four main forms: Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Christianity, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism.


#TitleDirected and produced byOriginal airdate
1"The First Christianity"Gillian Bancroft5 November 2009 (2009-11-05)
Details how Christianity's origins lie east of Jerusalem and Rome.
2"Catholicism: The Unpredictable Rise of Rome"Sian Salt12 November 2009 (2009-11-12)
Explores the rise of Roman Catholic Church.
3"Orthodoxy – From Empire to Empire"Sian Salt19 November 2009 (2009-11-19)
Explores Eastern Orthodox Christianity's fight for survival.
4"Reformation: The Individual Before God"Gillian Bancroft26 November 2009 (2009-11-26)
Looks at the Reformation and its attack on the Catholic Church.
5"Protestantism – The Evangelical Explosion"Gillian Bancroft3 December 2009 (2009-12-03)
Traces the growth of Evangelical Protestantism across the globe.
6"God in the Dock"Sian Salt10 December 2009 (2009-12-10)
Examines the concept of scepticism in Western Christianity.


A book written by Diarmaid MacCulloch, published in September 2009 and covering the same topic, is available:

  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid (2009). A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (1st ed.). London and New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-7139-9869-6. OCLC 2009379999.

The series was released on DVD on 1 February 2010 with the title A History of Christianity.


  1. ^ BBC unveils new 'landmark' series on Christianity Archived 20 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 3 April 2010.

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