Judas Iscariot is one of the most despised men in history - the disciple who hands over Jesus to the Jewish authorities and sets in motion events that lead to the crucifixion and resurrection. But why Judas betrays Jesus is one of the great unanswered Biblical questions. This episode re-examines the character of Judas as he is portrayed in the Gospels, and then contrast this story with text from a book that did not make it into the Bible - The Gospel of Judas.
The most famous man in history left behind no physical trace - or did he? This epic series deciphers the life of Jesus through six extraordinary objects associated with his life and death.
In this final episode of the series, Professor 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.
Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch continues his exploration of how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality through history. Travelling from North East England to Germany and Italy, he explains how the Christian church took control of marriage in the 11th century, turning a civil institution into a sacred rite of Christianity. And he reveals how the Protestant Reformation launched a sexual revolution.
In the first of a new three-part series, the eminent theological historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history. Travelling from Israel to Greece, Italy and Ireland, he begins by showing how the early Christians transformed sex from a biological necessity into a vice, from a pleasure into a sin.
Dominic West has just accompanied his great friend, Sir James Mallinson, to India's celebrated Hindu pilgrimage, the Maha Kumbh Mela, to make a groundbreaking documentary film. Attended by an estimated 80 million people during its two-month duration, the Maha Kumbh Mela is a spectacle that draws terrific attention, but this film is the first ever behind- the-scenes journey into the inner sanctums of festival.
Actor David Suchet continues to trace the life of the man we know today as Saint Peter. According to the New Testament, it is Peter who takes charge of the movement after the death of Jesus. But how could a man who had previously been painted as an impetuous and confused character fill the shoes of such a charismatic leader?
David Suchet sets out on a personal journey around the Mediterranean to uncover the story of another biblical hero. Saint Peter is an enigma. For many people, he is the most important disciple and the 'rock' of the Catholic church. But how did a simple Galilean fisherman become the first Pope?
Death leads to solidarity and unifies society, but it also leads to separation, power struggle and vengeance, both within society and between societies. If death and the numbers of dead have a gathering or separating effect is dependent on personal closeness, the group's views on life, and whether it concerns "us" or "the others".
Death is not the end. For many it is the way to make a living. How big is this market, which offers exist and which needs do they meet? From the entertainment industry, to decorated coffins, to the armament industry, we travel the world in search of the different ways in which death creates a chance for profit.
Creative Power Of Death - Can creativity help to live with death? Tonje D. has lost her mother, and hopes that making a film on the subject of death can help her to deal with this. People and societies have used art and creativity to try to understand and give meaning to death. The relation between fear and fascination for death has been exploited by artists, commerce and leaders. This episode takes a closer look at how an artistic approach to death is used as consolidation and threat, negotiation and persuasion, as well as entertainment. (S.1 Ep.3) (From Norway, in English & Norwegian) (Documentary)
Faced with death, we search for meaning and hope. Only a few find the biological explanation sufficient, and in all societies dating back to the Neanderthals, there have been notions and stories of what happens to us after death. In this program we look into how we ritualise death, and how these rituals reveal what we believe happens after we die.
What happens to us when we die? In this episode we will see what happens when we die, and how death fits into nature and the cycle of life. A lot of people go a long way in trying to overcome death. In this episode we will meet several popular, and some more obscure, survival strategies.
This week, Ifor sets out to understand what happens when our religious urges drive us underground. His first stop is Lud's Church in Derbyshire, one of the most dramatic and eerie holy places in the land, it was once described as "the place for the Devil to say matins".
This week, Ifor sets out to understand the appeal of islands as Holy retreats. It may seem obvious that we would feel closer to the divine surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of an island but Ifor soon discovers there is a far deeper reason they became such a major aspect of religion.
Presenter Ifor ap Glyn explores the wealth of Britain's extraordinary holy places on a pilgrimage that spans almost 2,000 years of history. Travelling across the breadth of the UK, Ifor will uncover the stories behind many of our most famous sites, explaining the myths and legends of some of Britain's most sacred places. This week, Ifor sets out to understand the appeal of Shrines.
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