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41.

From Jesus to Christ: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Part one of the series From Jesus to Christ examines the influence of Judaism and the Roman Empire on the life of Jesus. Through compelling interviews with archeologists, theologians, and historians it is revealed that Jesus was an ordinary Jewish resident of his time, but new findings show that he was probably not of the assumed humble class. Nazareth, where he grew up, was about four miles from the cosmopolitan urban center of Sepphoris, one of the Roman provincial cities. And while Rome defined one dimension of Jesus' world, the other was symbolized by the great Temple in Jerusalem. The film also reveals an excavation of new theories leading to Jesus' crucifixion - likely an act of the Romans - with little notice taken by Jewish people.
Online
1998
42.

From Jesus to Christ: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Part two of the series From Jesus to Christ explores the period after the crucifixion of Jesus by tracing the beginnings of the "Jesus Movement", as Christianity was first called in its early years. Drawing upon historical evidence and archeological finds as well as engaging interviews, we learn that the early Christians branched out spreading their message to non-Jews, while the Apostle Paul, in approximately 50 CE, travelled away from the traditional centers of the Jesus Movement to found new churches in Greco-Roman cities. In fact, Paul's letters to these fledgling congregations mark the first writings of the New Testament. Meanwhile, spiraling tensions between Jews and Rome would culminate in a catastrophic Jewish revolt against Rome, propelling the destruction of Jerusalem and t [...]
Online
1998
43.

Birth, Marriage, and Death [electronic resource]

From birth to death, in every country on the globe, for tens of thousands of years, the rhythm of human life has been accentuated by the practice of religious ritual. In this program adherents of three different faiths share their understanding of some common rites of passage: a rabbi explains the elements of a Jewish wedding, including some that date back to the book of Genesis; a minister discusses the role of Christian faith in making funerals more bearable; and a Hindu couple demonstrate the use of both astrology and the Internet to choose the right name for their daughter. Featuring footage of the ceremonies, the video provides an intimate look at the affirmation of spiritual beliefs.
Online
2005
44.

Faith and Form [electronic resource]: Exploring the Physical Aspects of Religion

If God exists, why is there so much suffering? What happens after you die? Does God hear our prayers? In this program a panel of teens pose the hard questions to a Catholic pilgrimage leader, a Sufi Muslim practitioner, and an Anglican minister as together they examine the relationship between the physical world and the spiritual. The group find areas of agreement between Christianity and Islam, and also places where the two faiths differ. They discuss religious art and idolatry, compare pilgrimage to Lourdes with pilgrimage to Mecca as well as with the inner journey, and discuss ways in which God or Allah is present in the world.
Online
2006
45.

The Skeletons of Spitalfields [electronic resource]

Like any branch of science, anthropology is constantly evolving, and its current challenges are better understood in the light of past achievements. This program serves as an excellent tool for studying archaeological techniques that preceded the rise of genetic analysis and DNA testing. Produced in 1989, the film describes fieldwork and investigative methods used in exhuming, dating, and studying nearly 1,000 skeletal remains from London's Christ Church Spitalfields. Specific topics are diverse and include potential dating discrepancies, historical and cultural insights emerging from the find, concerns about the health of the excavation team, the project's impact on the surrounding community, and the need to work in concert with living descendents of the buried individuals.
Online
1989
46.

From Jesus to Christ: Part 3 [electronic resource]

Part three of the series From Jesus to Christ follows the story of the first attempts to record the life of Jesus: the Gospels. The Gospels were products of social and religious reconstruction in the period after the war, ranging from roughly 70 to 100 CE The program looks at how these stories were passed down before they were written, and how the writing of each Gospel reflects the experiences and circumstances of early Christians. Remarkably, they do not all tell the same story of Jesus as each one is written in response to a unique audience and circumstances. As well as the origin of the Gospels, the film explores the simultaneous growing tension between the emergent Christian groups and their Jewish neighbors - a debate that shaped both religious traditions forever.
Online
1998
47.

From Jesus to Christ: Part 4 [electronic resource]

Part four of the series From Jesus to Christ chronicles the new challenges of the Christian movement - both internal and external - as it became separate from Judaism. From 100 to 300 CE, as the movement grew throughout the Roman Empire, it faced heated debates regarding beliefs, worship, and even about Jesus himself. Externally, Christians were often persecuted as the movement became suspicious in the eyes of the Roman authorities. But through it all, Christians prevailed. And what started as a small sect of Judaism became a significant part of the population - eventually, a part of the official religion of Rome. This was a momentous change for Christianity and at the dawn of the fourth century, the cross was transformed into a symbol of triumph. It was then that Jesus of Nazareth b [...]
Online
1998
48.

Go Forth [electronic resource]: From Creation to Abraham

Beginning in Mesopotamia, the cradle of Western civilization, this program follows author Bruce Feiler as he explores the landscape of the Old Testament and traces the emergence of the Jewish people in history. From the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates, where the Bible's storytellers set the Garden of Eden, Feiler proceeds to Mt. Ararat in search of Noah's ark, travels to the town where some believe Abraham was born, and visits the ancient ruins of Harran, where the Bible says God told Abraham to "go forth" to the Promised Land. Following the path that Abraham may have taken, Feiler stops to examine salt formations associated with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah before venturing on to Jerusalem's sacred Temple Mount, the spot at which the patriarch underwent his ultimate test [...]
Online
2006
49.

Guilt and Suffering in Christianity [electronic resource]: Elaine Pagels

What's worse: to do something wrong and be punished for it, or to be punished for something that you didn't do at all? This problem is at the heart of some of our deepest questions about God and humanity, sin and justice, damnation and grace. In this program with Bill Moyers, Elaine Pagels speaks about how the early Christians faced the realities of suffering and guilt, and how their answers still affect us today. A professor of religion at Princeton University, Pagels finds in the story of Adam and Eve more than a parable from ancient faiths; in Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, she explores what the old story of the Garden of Eden reveals about our attitudes toward sexuality, politics, suffering and guilt, and the roles of men and women in Western society.
Online
1988
50.

I Believe [electronic resource]: The Faith We Confess

Each Sunday millions of people around the world stand to recite a creed that affirms their belief in the Christian faith. In this program Christian theologians provide an overview of the tenets encapsulated in the Apostles' Creed. Topics include the Creed as a summary of basic Christian doctrine; the Creed as defense against heresy, especially in the early Christian era when uncanonical versions of the Gospel were circulating; the Creed as a confession at baptism; the definition of "belief" as an assertion of faith in the Apostles' experience; the doctrine of the Holy Trinity; the Holy Spirit; and God the Father, a personal God who is involved in human life as both creator and nurturer.
Online
2009
51.

The Breath of God [electronic resource]: The Faith We Confess

The term "Holy Spirit" or even "Holy Ghost" was more easily grasped by Christian celebrants when the Apostles' Creed was first written. This program helps clarify the concept of the Holy Spirit and how the third person of the Trinity might be experienced by believers today. With input from Christian theologians, the video discusses the Holy Spirit in relation to Jesus and God; the Holy Spirit as a link between the human and the divine; what it means to be holy; the charismata, or gifts of the Holy Spirit, and "pneuma," "paraclete," and "koinonia"; and how the idea of the Holy Spirit can play out in ecclesiastical communities and in human lives.
Online
2009
52.

All That Debt [electronic resource]: The Faith We Confess

The Apostles' Creed ends with an affirmation of belief in the redemptive nature of Christianity. Forgiveness, sin, and "life everlasting" according to Christian doctrine are the focus of this program as theologians shed light on concepts that are often misunderstood. Framing sin in terms of disobedience, the discussion presents a more nuanced view of the concept; examines redemption imagery in the New Testament; looks at the notion of eternity; and points out that resurrection is not about the survival or immortality of a disembodied soul, but of a unified whole of body and soul - a physical restoration in a "new creation.
Online
2009
53.

The Greek Orthodox Church [electronic resource]

The stunningly beautiful island of Patmos is the backdrop for this brief account of the Greek Orthodox Church, its history, and its living tradition. Interwoven with the spectacular Holy Week celebrations, the program records the sometimes contradictory attitudes of the Church and of the islanders, some of whom regret, while others welcome, the passing of the old way of life in the face of mass tourism and unstinting materialism.
Online
1993
54.

Ten Gospel Manuscripts [electronic resource]

Ten early medieval manuscripts of the Gospels are preserved at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy. This program introduces not only the most famous-the Book of Kells-but also the rest, including the Book of Durrow and the Cathach, the oldest surviving Biblical manuscript.
Online
1993
55.

The Book of Durrow [electronic resource]

Durrow lies in the center of Ireland and was one of a number of monasteries where teams of scribes wrote and illustrated manuscripts. The Book of Durrow was written about a hundred and fifty years before the better-known Book of Kells; its treatments are more restrained and abstract than Kells.
Online
1993
56.

Pope Benedict XVI [electronic resource]: My Vatican

As Pope John Paul II's right-hand man and most influential theological advisor, Cardinal became known as "God's Rottweiler." Now, the world knows him as Pope Benedict XVI. No one understands the Vatican - where the Pope is absolute ruler and the official language is still Latin - better than he does. In this intimate documentary, he provides a first-hand glimpse into life there. From the archives of the Inquisition to the catacombs and museums, he guides viewers around to numerous locations inaccessible to the public. Many have never been filmed before. It's a fascinating insight into the world of the Pope.
Online
2005
57.

The Russian Orthodox Church [electronic resource]

This program captures the sights and smells and other-worldly color of the revived Orthodox Church in Russia and traces its history, from oppression under Stalin to its newfound freedom. Some fascinating and often deeply moving interviews with families of believers complement the visual splendor of Church worship. The program also examines the new challenge to orthodoxy presented by the rival Catholic Church competing in a free market of souls.
Online
1993
58.

The Roman Catholic Church [electronic resource]: The Vatican and Italy

With privileged access to the Vatican, this program offers a concise account of the relationship between the autonomous nations of the Vatican and Italy. In addition to showing the basilica, the electrifying spectacle of a papal audience, and the profoundly moving Maundy Thursday ceremony at St. John Lateran's, the program also considers the reality of the Pope's own diocese, Rome, and explores the dilemmas of practicing Catholics, laypeople and clergy, and their sometimes ambivalent attitude towards the Vatican.
Online
1993
59.

The Roman Catholic Church in Poland [electronic resource]

Arguably, no European country has suffered more throughout its history than Poland. This program captures some of the intensity behind Catholic worship in Poland, where the Church has been one of the main factors in preserving a sense of Polish identity. Interviews with Solidarity activists recall the Church's struggle in the 1980s, in particular the martyrdom of the young Father Popielsku. The program also looks at the role of the Church in the political life of post-Communist Poland.
Online
1993
60.

The Hungarian Reformed Church [electronic resource]

Shot in Budapest, Debrecen, and the beautiful Great Plain, this program explores the link between Calvinism, with its belief in predestination, and Hungarian nationhood. Speaking with ordinary believers and such public figures as the Prime Minister and Bishop Laszlo Tokes, the program offers an insight into the spiritual side of Hungary.
Online
1993