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How the church is BETTER + WORSE than you ever imagined.

Christian history is full of violence, corruption, and oppression.

So would we be better off without Christianity? Does religion poison everything?

Behind the scenes

Christian history offers plenty of ammunition to its critics. Crusades, inquisitions, witch trials, the oppression of women - not to mention the horrific incidence of child abuse, covered up in recent decades by the institutional church.

For the Love of God: How the church is better and worse than you ever imagined, a documentary in progress by the Centre for Public Christianity, confronts the worst of what Christians have done - and also traces the origins of Western values like human rights, charity, humility, and non-violence back to the influence of Jesus.

This is not the history we think we know. Join us on location around the globe and in conversation with leading international scholars as we weigh up the good, the bad, the ugly - and the unexpected - about the impact Christianity has had on the world we live in.

“It hasn’t always been used on the side of the political or cultural angels - but to think you can understand our idea of right, democracy, human dignity, the scientific revolution, even the welfare state without understanding Christianity … you’re making a big mistake.”

Nick Spencer

The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) is Australia’s leading Christian research and media organisation. It was founded in 2007 in order to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith, by engaging mainstream media and the general public with rigorously researched but accessible content about the relevance of Christianity to contemporary life. For more information about CPX, visit our website.