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The Saint and the Scholar [electronic resource]: Portrait of Abelard

This is the story of the radical theologian Peter Abelard. Born near Nantes, France, in 1079, Abelard's teaching on the Trinity was declared heretical. He went on to found the Paraclete and became the abbot of St. Gildas-de-Rhuys. Condemned for heresy by the Council of Sens, he retired to Cluny, where he lived a model life of asceticism and theological labor.
Online
1995
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The Fires of Faith [electronic resource]: Dissidents and the Church

This program discusses papal reactions to church dissidents. Thirteenth-century fragmentation of religious orders into various sects is examined. Discussions include St. Francis of Assisi; the French Albigenses sect and the Albigensean Crusade; the fall of Albi; the Cathars and their extermination by the Inquisition; Pope Innocent III; the founding of the Dominican order; and the Ecumenical Council of 1215.
Online
1995
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A Leap of Faith [electronic resource]

Politics and terrorism have failed to secure peace for Northern Ireland. Now four heroic families in Belfast band together to create a school that integrates their own Catholic and Protestant children. Using archival sections which dramatically but objectively explain the conflict, this program integrates a history of Ireland's "troubles" with a story of hope. Despite 62 explosions and 40 deaths during the first four months, the school is able to celebrate its first anniversary, proving that peace is not only possible, but inevitable.
Online
1996
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Cluny [electronic resource]: A Light in the Night

During the Middle Ages, Cluny Abbey dominated western Europe with a power that rivaled the papacy itself. The abbots of Cluny-men of great sanctity and commanding ability-centralized the Benedictine Order into a system in which they directly controlled all of the hundreds of other monasteries. Under their guidance, thousands of monastics joined together in studies and activities that greatly enriched medieval life. As an outgrowth of their efforts, the code of chivalry was created, which redirected the energies of warring knights into the Crusades; pilgrimages to the numerous monasteries became fashionable, which increased the exchange of knowledge and culture throughout Europe; and monastic business models began to influence secular commerce. This program offers a fresh look at the [...]
Online
1995
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Wrath of the Gods [electronic resource]

Spanning the reigns of Emperors Philip and Decius, this program captures the struggle of polytheism to retain its cultural primacy in the face of Christianity's growing popularity.
Online
2008