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1.

The Spread of Religions [electronic resource]

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Shows how, as the missionaries, pilgrims, and converts of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam moved around the world, the religions created change and were themselves changed. In conclusion, Linda Walton talks about the movement of religion via diasporas and the religious syncretism that follows.
Online
2004
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The Cross and the Bodhi Tree: Two Christian Encounters With Buddhism

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This fascinating film is about two unique individuals, a French Catholic priest and an English Protestant nun and the powerful influence of Buddhism on both of them. Father Francois Ponchaud, a published author, writes on Cambodian politics and history and speaks fluent Khmer with Cambodian villagers. Mother Rosemary leads a life of silence and prayer in a convent in Oxford. Yet both the active missionary priest and the contemplative Mother Superior practice Buddhist meditation. For Father Ponchaud, who lost nearly all his students in the Cambodian "killing fields," meditation sustains him in the face of tragedy, as well as in everyday life. For Mother Rosemary, this meditation lent support to her life of prayer when "prayer seemed to go dead." In the era of globalization, when human [...]
Online
2001
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Holy Days [electronic resource]: Christian and Jewish Feasts and Rituals

Christmas, Easter, Passover, Yom Kippur, Bar or Bas Mitzvah, and other significant feasts and rituals of the Christian and Jewish faiths are discussed in this program. Jesus is shown as the role model for Christian behavior as exhibited by the early martyrs and saints. Protestantism's rejection of saints as religious icons is examined. The spiritual characters of specific modern "saints," including Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Sister Emmanuelle, are examined.
Online
2006; 1998
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Changing Christianity [electronic resource]: From Schism to Ecumenism

The French Revolution explodes, and the Church, at the center of the controversy, must redefine its relationship with political power. This program focuses on religious controversy throughout the ages to the 19th century, when Christianity finds a new vitality and diversity of worship in democratic societies. Vatican II (1962-1965) is discussed as having paved the way for modern Catholicism, and the Protestant Ecumenical movement, also of the 1960s, is credited with reconciliation among the various Christian denominations.
Online
2006; 1998
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Jesus [electronic resource]: From Carpenter to Preacher

After King Herod passed away, his successor Antipas turned his attention to Jesus, who, like John the Baptist, was also considered a threat. In this program, the "Jesus file" reveals information on Jesus' birth, his parents, his career as a carpenter, his allegedly dissident preaching, and the mixed acceptance and opposition he incited. In addition, the ancient cities of Tiberias, Sebaste, and Bethlehem, along with the fortress-mausoleum of Herodium, are explored.
Online
2006; 1998
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Jesus Gathers a Following [electronic resource]

This program, based on detailed intelligence from the "Jesus file," focuses on Jesus' recruitment of disciples from fishermen along the Sea of Galilee, his relationship with fellow agitators Simon and Andrew, the growth of his popularity, and his lack of success preaching in Jerusalem-until he raises a man named Lazarus from the dead. This dossier also features archaeological information on a 1,900-year-old fishing boat, the recently discovered village of Bethsaida, and the city of Capernaum and its synagogue.
Online
2006; 1998
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African Ascetics and Celtic Monks [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 5th and 6th Centuries

Part one of this program features the sacking of Rome and introduces Augustine of Hippo and his The City of God, which examines the Church's uneasy relationship with human frailty and worldliness, as piety became identified with self-denial and celibacy was viewed as central to the pursuit of perfection. Part two tracks the spread of Christianity to Ireland and its establishment in Britain and northern Europe by Celtic monks, who had formulated the concept of penance and the culture of pilgrimage. However, it was not the Christianity of Saint Patrick, but of Rome, that succeeded in dominating Britain.
Online
2007; 1999
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Byzantium and the Holy Roman Empire [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 7th and 8th Centuries

Part one of this program contrasts the ill health of Rome and its Church with the spiritual and material vitality of Byzantium. But all was not well even in the east, as war with Persia and the rise and swift spread of Islam made the Holy Land off-limits, while arguments about the nature of Christ continued to split the Christian world. Part two focuses on the conversion of the Saxon tribes first by Bishop Boniface-the Apostle of Germany-and then by King Charlemagne, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.
Online
2007; 1999
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Crusaders and Schism in the East [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 11th and 12th Centuries

Part one of this program documents both the papal reforms that severed the ties between the Church and wealthy Roman families and the rift between Rome and Constantinople. Efforts to reconcile differences in doctrine, clerical practice, and political influence ended in the excommunication of Constantinople's Patriarch. Part two outlines the first four Crusades, in which Jerusalem was won and lost and Byzantium fell to the swords of its own Christian allies. The transfiguring influence of Islamic scholarship on Europe is also spotlighted.
Online
2007; 1999
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Heresy, War, and the Black Death [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 13th and 14th Centuries

Part one of this program follows the dual enterprises of constructing cathedrals and stamping out heresy. Buildings of unprecedented grandeur exemplified the power and influence of the Church in Europe, as did the systematic destruction of the heretic Cathars. Part two covers King Philip IV of France's defiance of Church authority and the Black Death. Although the Pope declared the Plague a judgment by God, rumors of a Jewish plot were rife, leading to anti-Semitic massacres in Germany and elsewhere.
Online
2007; 1999
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Fighting Intolerance and Slavery [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 17th and 18th Centuries

Part one of this program traces the spread of Christianity via the Puritans to North America. Victims of intolerance in the Old World, the emigres swiftly proved intolerant of others in the New World, leaving it to the Quakers to promote the religious freedom later associated with the United States. Part two outlines the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, the Methodism of John Wesley, and the concept of human rights. How had the un-Christian institution of slavery endured so long in France, England, and, most notably, in egalitarian America?
Online
2007; 1999
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Coping With Scientific and Social Change [electronic resource]: Christianity in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Part one of this program, presented against a backdrop of Gothic architecture and pre-Raphaelite art, asks whether religion and science can coexist in a post-Darwinian world. Are Creation and Evolution mutually exclusive? Part two focuses on the questions raised by the global movement toward social equality. Must Christianity adapt to survive, and if so, do issues like female priests and homosexuality threaten to rob it of its scriptural authority? Should the Church restructure along democratic lines? And what role will New Age religions and the Pentecostal movement play as Christianity enters its third millennium?
Online
2007; 1999
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NOW With Bill Moyers [electronic resource]: Speaking to Power

Eighty percent of Americans - four out of five - say they are Christians. Right now they are divided over a critical social, political, and theological challenge: how to live with religious diversity in an increasingly pluralistic and polarized world. Over the past twenty years, conservative fundamentalist Christians have been front and center in politics and the media - but faith, like democracy, wears many faces. At The Riverside Church in New York City, a different kind of Christian voice can be heard preaching a very different message: the speaker is the Reverend Dr. James Forbes, Jr., and his vision is one of social justice for all. This timely Bill Moyers special provides an intimate view of Dr. Forbes and The Riverside Church as it traces Riverside's theological roots as well [...]
Online
2006; 2003
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Preparing the Way for Jesus [electronic resource]

This program describes the political and religious situation in Judea during King Herod's reign prior to Jesus' public life. Material extracted from the "Jesus file" includes background on the city of Caesarea, Judas the Galilean's rebellion, the fortress of Masada, the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Essenes at Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the activities and subsequent execution of John the Baptist.
Online
2006; 1998
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What Is Truth? [electronic resource]: Gospels and Their Authors

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are generally regarded as the authors of the Gospels. But did they actually write them? And if not, who did, and when? This program focuses on accounts and theories pertaining to the identities of the four Evangelists, as well as the authenticity of the texts attributed to them. Scholars and clerics examine and discuss original manuscripts, such as Codex Sinaiticus, with its Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas, and the Book of Alexandria with its first and second letters of Clement.
Online
2005; 2003
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Maintaining the Truth [electronic resource]: Epistles of the New Testament

Of the 27 compositions that comprise the New Testament, 21 are letters: some guide, some warn. This program explores the content as well as authenticity of the various letters attributed to Paul, James, Jude, and Peter. Location footage brings to life Paul's missionary journeys to Antioch, Athens, Corinth, and Rome. The Pastoral Epistles, Gospel of Thomas, letters of Pontius Pilate, and the theological differences between James and Paul are also examined. Along with noted scholars, Father Jerry Murphy O'Connor of the Ecole Biblique Jerusalem and the Right Reverend Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, also offer commentary.
Online
2005; 2003
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Whose Truth Is the Truth? [electronic resource]: New Testament Apocrypha and Codification of the Canon

The early Church saw a proliferation of writings all claiming divine authority. This program surveys many of these texts and their adherents, as well as traces the course of the New Testament's codification. Original manuscripts and critical commentary are used to explore the infancy gospels, St. Clement's letters to the Corinthians, and the Gnostic gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and Gospel of Philip. Key figures and events in the process are also portrayed, including Marcion, Tertullian, the Emperor Constantine and his conversion, the Council of Nicea, and St. Athanasius, who first codified the 27 books of the New Testament.
Online
2005; 2003
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Reformation [electronic resource]: Luther and the Protestant Revolt

This program traces the history of the Protestant Reformation, the path of its founder, Martin Luther, and the subsequent rise of sects including Calvinism, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, and Methodism. Topics discussed include the Council of Trent, the renewal of Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the rise of religious orders founded by St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Vincent de Paul.
Online
2005; 1998
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The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels [electronic resource]

Filmed on location across England and Ireland, this program takes a close look at the Lindisfarne Gospels-a priceless work of art and one of Christianity's most enduring symbols of faith-and the historical and religious contexts in which it was created. Michelle Brown, curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, explains who made it and why, presents new findings about its dating, and shows how it unites a remarkable range of motifs and styles from the Celtic Iron Age, Germanic prehistory, ancient and Christian Rome, Coptic Egypt, and Byzantium. A wealth of other devotional objects and images from early Christianity are also featured.
Online
2006; 2003
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Sacred Space [electronic resource]: Art, Architecture, and the Role of the State

Roman, Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo religious art, along with Christian iconography, are examined as reflections of the religious and political attitudes of the periods in which they were created. This program also examines the role of the Christian Orthodox Church and the schism of 1054 that permanently divided its members. The degrees of reverence accorded to Mary as Christ's mother by Catholics and Protestants are compared.
Online
2005; 1998