Part two of this extraordinary drama documentary special presents a new insight into the iconic Easter events. A leading theologian and an investigative archaeologist have linked Jesus to the most powerful and ambitious politician in the Roman Empire. New evidence shows that over six months, Jesus built influence in Jerusalem using the protection that Rome gave him. When his Roman ally fell from power, he was left exposed on the firing line. With arresting documentary sequences from Israel to Italy and stunning drama, the explosive Roman power politics that ultimately nailed Jesus to the cross will be uncovered.
This extraordinary drama-doc special presents a new insight into the iconic Easter events. A leading theologian and an investigative archaeologist have linked Jesus to the most powerful and ambitious politician in the Roman Empire. New evidence shows that it was over the six months that Jesus built influence in Jerusalem using the protection that Rome gave him and the when his Roman ally fell from power he was left exposed and in the firing line. With arresting documentary sequences from Israel to Italy and stunning drama, the explosive Roman power politics that ultimately nailed Jesus to the cross will be uncovered.
Shaun Micallef attends a training camp in Arkansas attended by bornagain Christians preparing for Armageddon prophesied by the Book of Revelation.
Shaun Micallef discusses who will be saved when Armageddon arrives with Endtime Ministries Pentecostalist minister Irvin Baxter, who offers to baptise him to be born again.
Shaun explores Armageddon and the second coming of Christ with born-again Christian fundamentalists. In the bible belt of the US, Shaun meets up with Pastor Joe Fox and his group of doomsday preppers, who, in cammo gear and slinging semi-automatic weapons, are practicing combat techniques to help them survive 'The End'. Keen to get more insight into the Book of Revelation, Shaun meets Texan TV evangelist Pastor Irvin Baxter who takes him on a pilgrimage all the way to Jerusalem and onto the Temple Mount - the very place Bible Prophecy says 'The End' will begin.
In Brazil, Shaun immerses himself in Spiritism, a blending of Christianity with supernatural miracles, mediums and communicating with the entities of the afterlife. Deep in the back blocks of Brazil, Shaun checks into the Casa de Domenacio, a spiritual hospital where the controversial full trance medium, John of God, performs 'miracles' through various confronting spiritual and physical surgeries. People arrive there in thousands, including Shaun to be cured and enlightened. Shaun struggles through a mysterious spiritual healing process with surprising results.
Shaun Micallef meets a man with two wives and discusses how their polygamous marriage came about and how they make their relationship it work.
Shaun Micallef joins two Mormon missionaries in Fiji as they work in the community, going on a home visit and joining a work party.
Shaun Micallef meets students at Brigham Young University and discusses aspects of they Mormon lifestyle and faith.
Comedian and writer Shaun Micallef is on a quest to find the very meaning of life itself. Envious of those with 'unshakeable faith', Shaun journeys across the globe immersing himself into some of the world's most unique religions and beliefs. In this episode, Shaun starts his spiritual adventure with church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In their heartland of Salt Lake City, Shaun eats, prays and lives with the Mormons through privileged access into a usually closed world. He works with young missionary Mormons sent off to the jungles of Fiji, and bunks in with breakaway fundamentalist polygamists in the deserts of Utah. Shaun wants to understand this devout faith so entwined with the development of the USA, and centred around the remarkable contents of the Book of Mormon.
Melvyn Bragg sets out to unravel the many questions surrounding one of the Bible's most enigmatic and controversial figures. In the gospel accounts, Mary Magdalene plays a central role in the Easter story. She is there at the cross when Jesus is crucified and she is the key witness to the resurrection. So why do so many people believe that Mary Magdalene was the seductive prostitute redeemed by Christ, despite there being no reference to it in the Bible? This compelling documentary uncovers the real story behind Mary Magdalene's legendary status, from her vital role in the first centuries of Christianity to her portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Da Vinci Code.
An epic series that deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death. We discover fascinating new insights into the historical Jesus, utilising the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research. We investigate the value and authenticity of six objects which could shed new light on Jesus - the Shroud of Turin, relics venerated as part of the True Cross, the Gospel of Judas, relics believed to be of John the Baptist, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the secret brother of Jesus. We are guided by breathtaking dramatic reconstruction and a first-class panel of on-screen contributors. We hear from representatives of the world's best universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, as they provide historical and theological insight, while the likes of Father James Martin SJ, the Reverend Paul Raushenbush and Erwin MacManus help bring our characters and their emotional journeys to life for our audience.
The Crusades through Arab eyes, from the seizing of Jerusalem under Pope Urban II to its recapture by Salah Ed-Din and the movement's end two centuries later.
A compelling six-hour television series, we take viewers on an exciting and visually stunning journey to the beautiful and important historical places where Christianity was born and grew from a small movement called 'The Way' to its place as the official religion of the Roman Empire. Join author and distinguished history professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London, as he takes viewers on a captivating adventure to the very places where Christianity began, through four centuries and seven countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the official Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years. The enlightenment encouraged people to question authority and that included the Church's teachings on sex. In the late 17th century, prostitution and homosexuality openly flourished in western cities - an open affront to centuries of Christian teaching. At the same time, new forms of protestantism, such as methodism, began to question traditional church teaching, giving leadership roles to women. In the victorian age, sex became a subject for scientists to study, instead of a sin for the Church to condemn. Some Christian thinkers began to challenge the sexual status quo. Josephine Butler fought on behalf of prostitutes, while Bishop John Colenso argued that African converts should be allowed to continue their practice of polygamy. And in the mid 20th century, christians were at the forefront of the successful campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. But elsewhere, church leaders railed against these changes. Rome insisted on no divorce, no homosexuality, no contraception, and in recent years, both Catholic and Protestant churches have been mired in sex abuse scandals. Does Christian thinking still have anything to teach a secular world about sex?
Scepticism has transformed Western culture and transformed Christianity. Where did this religious doubt come from? Is fading belief due to the advance of science and reason, or due to its entanglement with world wars, Fascism and Nazism? However, in the middle of this crisis, the Church has nonetheless rediscovered deep and enduring truths about itself, and these may even hold clues to its future.
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