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1.

On the Trails of World Religions

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Over the course of this illuminating seven-part series, the outspoken yet sincere Hans Kung--arguably the world's best-known living theologian exercises his talent for transforming the complex into the comprehensible as he presents an overview of the emergence and historical development of religion.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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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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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Nuns, Faith, and Politics

Weeks before Paul Ryan was selected to run for vice president, Sister Simone Campbell - who heads NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby - hit the road to protest the so-called "Ryan budget" recently passed by the House of Representatives. She and some of her sister nuns rolled across the heartland on a bus trip designed to arouse public concern over what the Ryan plan would mean for social services in America, especially its slashing of programs for the poor. Sister Simone says that Ryan's budget is inconsistent with Catholic teachings, and although the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agrees, other Catholics say the NETWORK nuns have crossed the line. Robert Royal, editor in chief of The Catholic Thing and founder of the Faith & Reason Institute, believes that issues of econom [...]
Online
2012
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Armenians [electronic resource]: A Story of Survival

Shot in twelve countries and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, this program illustrates the epic journey of the Armenian people-from their origins centuries before Christ through their near-elimination early in the 20th century to the rebirth of their nation following the Soviet collapse. The film includes interviews with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel; author Christopher Walker (The Armenians: Survival of a Nation); the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II; and the former President of Armenia, Robert Kocharian. Archival footage from the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the era of Soviet Armenia adds further depth to this sweeping narrative.
Online
2001
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Jesus the Jew [electronic resource]

Written and presented by leading British writer Howard Jacobson, this program examines the story of the origins, and consequences, of Christian belief. The bare facts are that although Christianity originated in devout Judaism, for Jews, it has by and large been a calamity. The roots of anti-semitism that enabled the Holocaust lie in 2000 years of Christian vilification of the Jews based on the false accounts of Jesus's death written in the Christian New Testament itself. The four Gospels place the blame for Jesus's betrayal, arrest and agonising death on the cross on the Jewish people, accusing them of rejecting Christ and damning them for eternity as the "children of Satan". The result was a theology of hatred of the Jews, developed and embellished by later Church Fathers, that led [...]
Online
2008
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Rome [electronic resource]

In 312 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine-the man who transformed Christianity from a clandestine handful of followers of Jesus Christ into one of the world's great religions with a global reach of over two billion worshipers-is believed to have had some sort of religious epiphany or vision that converted him from Paganism to the new faith of Christianity. This transformed a persecuted cult into a religion of power and privilege within the Empire-with Constantine as de facto head of both state and church. Michael Portillo uses his politician's mind to unravel the process by which Constantine and the church came together and questions how ruthless imperialism came to be reconciled with Christ's pacifist, altruistic values - 'blessed are the meek blessed are the poor'.
Online
2008
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Crusades [electronic resource]

In the West, the Crusades are a chapter of Christian history that has little impact on our everyday lives, but in the Middle East many believe that the Crusades are happening again. In the wake of 9/11, ignorance of the brutal reality of the Crusades led President George W. Bush to describe the War on Terror as a 'Crusade'. Rageh believes this invocation of Christian Holy War alienated much of the Muslim world. Bush's comments have never been forgotten and are today exploited by Islamist terror organizations, who refer time and again to the West as Crusaders. On his journey through Europe and the Middle East, Rageh speaks to historians as well as ordinary people in order to understand how it is that events of 900 years ago can have such a divisive effect on relations between the West [...]
Online
2008
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Dark Continents [electronic resource]

This program tells the story of how Christianity became the world's largest religion. Christianity in Mexico includes ancient indigenous concepts that have been adapted in what is now a genuinely Mexican faith. In Africa, the pattern was the same: missionary efforts came to little, wrecked by European social and cultural arrogance. And we learn that today's fast-growing African Christianity is far older than the missionary movement. In Ethiopia Christian traditions go back to the century of Christ. The pattern is the same across the former colonial world, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. No longer does Europe have a stranglehold on Christianity. A new indigenous Christendom has emerged in the developing world. And these new Christians believe it is Europe that now needs converting [...]
Online
2008
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God and the Scientists [electronic resource]

For over fifteen hundred years, Christians saw the Bible as the primary source of knowledge, but in the seventeenth Century, the beginnings of a scientific revolution began to challenge the Christian view of the world. Eminent scientist Colin Blakemore interviews esteemed scholars and Churchmen in order to understand how Science has transformed Christianity over the last four centuries. He argues that science is the biggest challenge Christianity has ever had to face, and that it will eventually make religion unnecessary.
Online
2008
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The Oracle of God [electronic resource]

Throughout the 20th century, the fortunes of the papacy seemed at an all-time low, but the spiritual power of the pope had grown to dizzying heights. An ever-changing world with modern values challenged that power time and again. This film examines those challenges facing modern day popes both inside and beyond the Catholic Church. A review of the reign of Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pontiff in more than 450 years, attempts to determine where the Church is heading after his death.
Online
1997
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The Redemption of General Butt Naked [electronic resource]

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Joshua Milton Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked, was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia's 14-year civil war. Today, he has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist on a journey of self-proclaimed transformation. Blahyi travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. But in the end, are some crimes beyond the pale of forgiveness?
Online
2011
12.

Birth of a Faith (Episode 1)

The documentary series about the growth of Christianity from a small sect to the world's largest religion begins in Bethlehem and travels throughout the Holy Land while chronicling the life of Jesus.
Online
2018; 2015
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Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution - Part 1

With their Messiah executed, their dreams crushed, and their cause deemed subversive by the strongest empire the world had ever seen, Jesus's followers faced a bleak future. Their movement seemed destined for extinction. Incredibly, though, Jesus's survivors turned defeat to victory; devastation to jubilation. By one account, it happened on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Simon Peter and others envisioned the risen Jesus. It was an explosive moment of hope. For the sighting convinced them that Jesus had not, in fact, been beaten, that in his death, Jesus was ushering in God's Kingdom on Earth. Re-infused with hope and determination, Peter became an indomitable figure who would unite his group into a tight community of ardent believers. Dark days were coming, however -- days of [...]
Online
2018; 2003
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Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution - Part 2

Spread outside Judea by missionaries like Peter and Paul, the Jesus movement caught on quickly among Jews and non-Jews around the Roman Empire. With success, however, came challenges: challenges from hostile locals, challenges from imperial forces, and challenges from conflicting ideas within the movement itself. Should Gentile converts become Jews? Should they be circumcised? These were hot-button issues in the first century and they threatened to tear the young movement apart. Paul-adamant that there was no time for conversions-fell into open and angry confrontation with some of the oldest Jesus followers. Peter, it seems, tried to mediate the conflict. "The Rock" became a stepping stone between the camps and, for a crucial period, helped keep the movement together. But the center [...]
Online
2018; 2003
15.

The Great Missionary (Episode 2)

The story of the Apostle Paul. Included: his quest to bring the Christian message to Asia and Europe.
Online
2018; 2015
16.

Pagans and the Cult of Martyrs (Episode 5)

The story of Perpetua, a young Christian martyr. Also: the violence many Christians faced because of their beliefs.
Online
2018; 2015
17.

Constantine (Episode 6)

The finale explains how, despite Rome's attempt to eradicate Christianity, the faith grew stronger. Included: the conversion of Constantine the Great.
Online
2018; 2015
18.

From Apocalypse to Heresies (Episode 4)

Patmos Island, where John was exiled, is visited. Also: heretics who claimed special knowledge of Jesus.
Online
2018; 2015
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Age of the Apostles (Episode 3)

The end of the Apostolic Age is recalled. Included: Paul's final missionary journey; and the martyrdom of the remaining apostles, except for John.
Online
2018; 2015