Do You Know Where Religion Began?

How much do you know about your religion? What about your neighbor's?

Christiane Amanpour asks the tough questions

Eleven years after 9/11, many Americans continue to look at people of the Middle East and their religion with a hint of apprehension. However, we share more than you think. For instance, Christians may be interested to know that in Iraq there is an area of lush vegetation called the Fertile Crescent and studies suggest the Garden of Eden was most likely located in that gorgeous part of the country. Many religions developed within that same vicinity.

christiane amanpour in egyptABC's two-part, four-hour special Back to the Beginning won't convert anyone from one religion (or no religion) to another. It's no more a tool for encouragement than shows like No Reservations or Bizarre Foods. Most viewers won't walk away wanting to eat bugs, nasty bits or communion wafers. It's just entertainment, a chance to explore. Back to the Beginning gives us the opportunity to examine the similarities between three of the world's largest religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. We'll also see and experience places we may not ever get a chance to visit.

The show's host (or tour guide, if you will) is Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN and the Global Affairs anchor for ABC. No doubt some of the areas will be quite familiar to Amanpour, who was raised in Tehran by an Iranian father and British mother. Amanpour earned a job with CNN directly after graduating college in 1983 and has continued to work for them throughout her life. She has reported from most modern war zones and traveled extensively. Her coverage of global events helped CNN earn its leading rank among other news organizations.

Amanpour will be a knowledgeable and enjoyable guide for Back to the Beginning, which airs Fridays, Dec. 21 and 28 at 9/8c.

Image courtesy of ABC

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Comments on "Go Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour"

sherry December 24, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Christiane mentioned that Cain was a shepherd and Abel was a farmer. She was backwards. She might want to verify her bible facts before reporting.

Stefani December 22, 2013 | 7:20 PM

Why didn't they go to "the fertile crescent"? I am watching the show, and keep waiting for them to focus on the high civilization that flourished there in 4000bc, and where exist much older, and more detailed versions of the Bible stories exist.

A.Fahey December 15, 2013 | 7:41 PM

So you have discovered that the flood in Noah's time actually happened.Nice start,but you don't think it was worldwide.Well it was,this reminds me of the 6 blind men discribing the elephant.Stories all over the world tell of a great,can noone imagine that it was the same flood.How about the Mystery of the super flood in the American midwest,The stories of the lost city of Mu,the tales of the west coast natives in Canada,stories in Mexico.I wonder how long it will be before people realize that it was one flood and after that why,that is the real trick..good luck

Kate December 29, 2012 | 9:48 AM

I thought the show was very interesting. I did notice they said that the flood was the only thing God ever said he regretted. Not true. He said in genesis 6:6 that he regretted making man on earth and his heart was filled with pain. Overall though I liked the show. Very cool stuff.

David December 22, 2012 | 11:22 PM

Really? The only thing this show is good for is the pretty background scenery. Everything else is just nonsense. I didn't learn anything nor did I gain a better grasp on what other people believe. That program was a waste of time. This comment is also a waste of time. Yeah!!! Now I'm stupid too!!! Fantastic.

Anthony December 21, 2012 | 9:07 PM

What a great misrepresentation of what this show is all about! This show answered no questions, solved no mysteries, verified nothing, validated nothing, proved nothing, reviled nothing, and discovered some things that proved or verified nothing. This show did not even live up to its title, “Back to the Beginning”; beginning of what? Oh I’m sorry, I did learn the beginning of the Muslim religion—wow! What a waste of my time. Rename the next episode, “Christiane Amanpour vacation to the Middle East—then I might watch for the pretty pictures!

Gina December 21, 2012 | 8:37 PM

Way too much emphasis on Muslim in this. They aren't telling anything new that Christians don't already know. While this is entertaining to see the countryside over there, our Christ-based "faith" (notice I don't say "religion") is based on FAITH and the Bible. The Bible IS truth. Plain and simple. We don't need proof of these things. We KNOW because God doesn't need proving... and HE doesn't lie. The Bible is not a fairy tale that needs constantly proving. They got it mixed up - Abel was a shepherd. Cain was the farmer.

Ed December 21, 2012 | 6:35 PM

Watching the show and noticed that they got their facts mixed up a little. The show stated that Cain was a shepherd and Abel was a farmer. The fourth chapter of genesis states that Abel was the shepherd and Cain the farmer.

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