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From Pleasure to Sin

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Documentary. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history.

In the first part of a major 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. Even though Jesus Christ said very little about sex, Christianity soon promoted celibacy as the Christian ideal, turned sex into something dangerous and made even marriage second-best.

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Fri 1 May 2015 02:10

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Diarmaid MacCulloch
Writer Diarmaid MacCulloch
Director Robin Dashwood
Series Producer Robin Dashwood
Executive Producer Chris Granlund

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  • Fri 10 Apr 2015 21:00
  • Fri 10 Apr 2015 21:30
  • Fri 1 May 2015 01:40
  • Fri 1 May 2015 02:10