ONE, Sunday 29 June 2003, 7.00pm
Paul explores the remarkable story of a man whose teachings
have done so much to shape our lives.
enthusiastic persecutor of the early Church, his missionary zeal
ended up transforming the Christian world.
champion triple-jumper and Songs of Praise presenter Jonathan
Edwards leads viewers on a dramatic journey across the
Mediterranean in the steps of this itinerant preacher.
Paul, more that anyone else, transformed Christianity from a small
Jewish sect into a global religion.
documentary dramatises his incredible adventure as he survives stonings,
imprisonment, floggings, riots and shipwrecks to take Jesus' message
to the world.
started life as Saul, an enemy of Jesus and a hit man for the Jewish
was travelling to Damascus to hunt down the growing Christian movement
when he had a religious experience and was transformed into the
Church's greatest champion.
programme looks at the miracle of the conversion, whether Paul did
actually meet God on the road to Damascus or whether his religious
vision could have been triggered by an epileptic fit.
scientists and sufferers now even believe that epilepsy may confer
an ability to access a spiritual dimension beyond our physical world.
Jonathan Edwards, the programme presented an opportunity to explore
the life of one of his great heroes:
Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus it changed his life. And
that event changed my life and it's changed all our lives whether
we believe or not.
surely that's the greatest miracle of this story. Not the earthquakes
or the jailbreaks, not even the dramatic conversion experience;
but the power and persistence of his message."
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