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Christianity: A History

Channel 4 - January - March 2009

Christianity: A History

Christianity: A History

Christianity: A History

A committed Catholic, Cherie investigates Christianity over the last 100 years and explores its future prospects.

Channel 4 are runing an eight-part history of the Christian faith, looking at its origins, development and turbulent past. Cherie Blair offers her own personal perspective as one of a group who present an epsisode each in which they examine a religion that has particular resonance for them.
Cherie presents the final episode on Sunday 1st March entitled:
'The Future of Christianity'
A committed Catholic, Cherie investigates Christianity over the last 100 years and explores its future prospects.
She examines the challenges to Christianity posed by the trauma of war and political oppression in the 20th century, which culminated in the genocide of the Jews in the Holocaust.
Into the huge God-shaped hole fell the modern 'faiths' of materialism and secularism. Christianity was becoming and more isolated by so-called 'progress', and this marginalisation was exacerbated by the new hedonistic anything-goes society of the 1960s.
But there is one part of the Western World where Christianity has bucked the downward trend and has never been stronger - the USA.
Cherie uncovers the reasons for its continued success there and looks at what the future holds for Christianity. Are we living in a post-Christian age? Or is the 21st Century really going to be the Christian century

For more information on the series click here

Aaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor Religion & Multicultural, Channel 4 explains more about the series as a whole:

Christianity: A History is the biggest project I have commissioned during my time at Channel 4. It's almost unheard of for a mainstream broadcaster to dedicate eight hours of prime time television to Christianity in this way. I think it's fair to say that it's a big risk, but a risk we really wanted to take.
Why? Because, of the sheer scale of the project and the complexity of the story at its very heart. As with all religions, the history of Christianity is not a simple one. It contains dark moments, compromises and great achievements, and features life changing heroes and villains. We feel that now is the right time for Channel 4 to present these stories in a way that will inform our audience about how this faith has shaped our world, and more specifically, our nation.
Two examples of Christianity's impact on our modern world are the Reformation and the Crusades. Without the Reformation we may not have become a Protestant nation with many of the characteristics, language and structures we take for granted today. And the Crusades? One of our presenters, Rageh Omar, argues in his film that we've forgotten its importance in the west, but that in the Muslim world, the brutality of the Crusades still resonates in the hearts of many Muslims and in the rhetoric of Al Qaeda.
So, Christianity: A History is not just another television series - for me it's more important than that, it's a lesson about today's world and an attempt to shed light on the history of a faith that continues to shape the destiny of all of us in some way or other. We hope it does that and that it makes just a few of us think about how we got to where we are today.

For a copy of the pdf that accompanies the series click here