BBC unveils new 'landmark' series on Christianity
The series, A History of Christianity, will doubtless cover a lot of the same ground as Channel 4's recent eight-part series, Christianity: A History, which was presented by a myriad of Jews, atheists and Roman Catholics (Howard Jacobson, Colin Blakemore, Ann Widdecombe, Cherie Blair) who each presented their take on a particular aspect of the faith (not one Anglican included...).
However, the BBC series is to be fronted by the most excellent and utterly superlative historian of the Church Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Fellow of St Cross College Oxford, an Anglican and eminent biographer of His Grace (the finest ever penned). Professor MacCulloch is, unlike those who presented the Channel 4 effort, one of the world's leading experts in his field.
He will re-examine the widely-accepted theory that the faith began with St Paul's mission to Rome - instead arguing that the first Christians were 'much closer to the Middle Eastern roots' of the religion.
'Intelligent, thought-provoking and magisterial in its scope, the series will reveal how a small Jewish sect that preached humility became the biggest religion in the world," the BBC says. BBC4 controller Richard Klein added that the series demonstrates the corporation's 'commitment to landmark religious programming' and will be the 'ultimate guide to the origins of the biggest religion in the world'.
Cranmer awaits with bated breath.