Unraveling an epic human drama filled with suspense, political intrigue, brutal religious persecution and sheer luck – Dr Michael Scott looks at how the religious and political force of Christianity became permanently woven into the fabric of the Roman Empire becoming the official religion of the Roman Empire. This is the story of how, in less than four centuries, the little known cult of Jesus rose from a disparate collection of beliefs into a dynamic, coherent force that would one day dominate the world
Part 1: Messiahs
It may just be the most significant political move in human history. The story of a struggle that saw a small Jewish sect take over the most powerful empire the world had ever seen. Dr Michael Scott heads to the sites of early Christianity to investigate this epic human drama filled with suspense, political intrigue, brutal religious persecution and sheer luck. This exclusive drama documentary brings to life the hard early days of Christianity, while Dr Scott looks for the traces of the martyrs in France, Italy, the Middle East and North Africa.
Part 2: Martyrs
Rome’s attempt to stamp out Christianity ends up inspiring it as the cult of martyrdom, with death considered a ‘baptism of blood’, becomes a heroic victory over their oppressors
Part 3: Christians
In less than four centuries, Christianity evolves from the crucifixion of Jesus into a religious and political force, permanently woven into the fabric of the Roman Empire