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4.0 out of 5 stars Disc Contents at a Glance + Blurb, 25 April 2013
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This review is from: Bamber Gascoigne's The Christians [DVD] (DVD)
"Legendary British broadcaster, historian and author Bamber Gascoigne charts the history and evolution of Christianity in The Christians - a thought provoking and challening documentary series covering two thousand years of history. The first show to be written and presented by Bamber Gascoigne, this four-disc set contains all 13 episodes of this acclaimed series for the first time on DVD.

Filmed in 1977 in more than 30 countries and broadcast in more than 50 countries worldwide, The Christians is a meticulously constructed, lavishly produced series that describes the experiences and actions of Christians from the birth of Christ, through the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and Lutheran reform to modern times. The series also considers the spread of Christianity, whether by violence - as in the Inquisition - or through the travels of missionaries.

This DVD features a newly filmed introduction to the series by Bamber Gascoigne."

Disk One
1. A Peculiar People - The birth of Christ and how Christianity began to spread its message
2. The Christian Empire - The adoption of Christianity by the Romans as the 'official' state religion
3. The Birth of Europe - Christianity faces the threat of barbarian invasions

Disk Two
4. Faith and Fear - Superstitions and the achievements of the Middle Ages
5. People of the Book - Three religious groups which have come out of the Middle East: Jews, Christians and Muslims
6. Princes and Prelates - The spiritual squalor of the Popes and the masterpieces of the Renaissance

Disk Three
7. Protest and Reform - The impact on Christianity of Martin Luther
8. The Conquest of Souls - The Impact of the Reformation on Roman Catholicism
9. In Search of Tolerance - Escaping persecution, Protestants flee to America

Disk Four
10. Politeness and Enthusiasm - Contrasting strands of Christianity in the 18th century
11. Missions at Home and Abroad - 19th Century England's great need for missionaries
12. The Roots of Disbelief - The effect of the advance of science on Christianity
13. The Godless State - The Survival of the Russian Orthodox church under the Russian Revolution

For the past two years, Bamber has been developing TimeSearch, a new kind of search engine for history on the internet. It has been recently launched at [...]
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