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Revolution of Conscience!: The Life, Convictions, and Legacy of Martin Luther

This documentary chronicles Luther's life and lasting impact on religion and society through a wealth of location footage, original manuscripts, period paintings, and expert commentary from Dr. Timothy George and Dr. Paul Richardson. Providing social and historical context, the program elucidates key theological issues, such as sanctification, justification, the sale of plenary indulgences, the dogma of transubstantiation, and, ultimately, the origin of religious authority itself.
2008; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)

Religions of the Book [electronic resource]: Women Serving Religion

One of the most visible issues facing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is the role of women serving religion. Because of religious and cultural conditioning in the past, women in all three religions have experienced limited roles. Today, though, their voices are being heard. This program traces women's roles in religious tradition and what it means to be a woman in these three religions today. The program also explores the cultural influences of feminism upon religious tradition and the beliefs regarding the ordination of women.
2006; 1991

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.

Did Darwin Kill God? [electronic resource]

In this program, philosopher and theologian Conor Cunningham argues that only extremist viewpoints-Creationism and ultra-Darwinism-make evolution and religion mutually exclusive. Experts from across the gamut of opinions frame the debate and trace its origins, including Father Gregory Tatum of the Ecole Biblique; University of Oxford historian Pietro Corsi; Darwin scholar Nick Spencer, author of Darwin and God; "Answers in Genesis" lecturer Terry Mortenson; Francis Collins, former director of the Human Genome Project; philosophers Daniel Dennett and Michael Ruse; Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine; and University of Cambridge paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris.
2010; 2009

Lost in Religion [electronic resource]: Choosing a Faith for One's Children

Marc Burth wants to find the best religion for his children, but, since his family boasts a Muslim, a Catholic, a Jew, a shaman, and several atheists, that's not going to be easy. This highly amusing film playfully addresses the questions so many of us struggle with: Is there a god? To whom does he reveal himself? And why doesn't he reveal himself to me? Although Marc can't quite embrace any god, he is willing to support his children in whatever faith they choose and hopes they might one day shed light on the mysteries of the unknown. "If my kids get religion some day, maybe they can help me get it, too," he says.

Evil and Suffering [electronic resource]: A Religious Perspective

If God is all-powerful and all-loving, then why does he allow evil and suffering to exist? This age-old philosophical dilemma, called the "inconsistent triad," is discussed in this program by scholars and clerics who explain the viewpoint of theists, atheists, agnostics, and skeptics. Topics include natural evil (such as tsunamis and earthquakes) and moral evil (such as school shootings and genocide), the psychological repercussions of suffering and its possible benefits, and theodicy, or the continued belief in God's goodness despite the existence of human suffering.
2011; 2013

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Alain de Botton - Atheism 2.0

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" - call it Atheism 2.0 - that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual, and transcendence. Through his witty and literate books and his School of Life, Alain de Botton helps others find fulfillment in the everyday.

The Truth Within [electronic resource]: Towards a New Spiritual Utopia

Why are many of today's spiritual seekers looking beyond the world's mainstream religions for fulfillment? And is technology eclipsing the concept of God? This program goes to the heart of those questions through interviews with Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy, as well as leaders of New Age organizations such as the Naropa Institute, the Krishnamurti Foundation, and the University of Creation Spirituality. In addition, Dr. Huston Smith, Father Laurence Freeman, Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Sheikh Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini offer their opinions on the New Age movement.
2006; 1999

Heaven [electronic resource]: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?

Barbara Walters hosts this ABC News program about the afterlife, collecting an array of opinions, hopes, and scenarios concerning what, if anything, happens following death. Walters interviews religious leaders from various cultures and faiths, including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, D.C.; Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Rabbi Neil Gillman of New York's Jewish Theological Seminary; Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement; and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. A prominent atheist, a renowned neuroscientist, and an electrocution victim also discuss near-death experiences.
2006; 2005

Salman Rushdie [electronic resource]

Painfully familiar with the clash of personal and religious expression, Salman Rushdie can now be seen as a literary sentinel regarding the rise of Islamic extremism. In this program, Bill Moyers talks with the author of Shame, The Satanic Verses, and Shalimar the Clown about the impact of 9/11, about tension between moderate and radical Islam, and about the need to hold the line on fundamentalism even when it leads to personal risk. A reading by Rushdie from The Satanic Verses is also included.

Mary Gordon [electronic resource]

During her spiritually charged Catholic childhood, Mary Gordon became fixated on the idea of martyrdom-and vestiges of that obsession remain in her life and work. Bill Moyers talks with the author of Final Payments, The Company of Women, and Pearl about the concept of martyrdom and its connection to rage and despair. Gordon also explores the negative implications of what she sees as two converging influences in modern society: fundamentalism and consumerism.

Colin McGinn [electronic resource]

Does science have a monopoly on reason? Not at all, says philosopher and novelist Colin McGinn-reason is the foundation of morality as well. Bill Moyers talks with the author of The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World and Ethics, Evil, and Fiction about his adoption of atheism, his views on the practicalities of religious tolerance, and his belief that rational scrutiny and criticism must coexist with religious freedom.

Jeanette Winterson [electronic resource]

Raised with parental expectations that she become a Christian missionary, the teenaged Jeanette Winterson embarked instead upon a defiant journey of self-discovery-sparked by the books she smuggled into her bedroom. In this conversation with Bill Moyers, the author of Sexing the Cherry, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and Lighthousekeeping talks about Weight, her new version of the story of Atlas and Hercules. She also discusses the power of art to build a fulfilling inner life.

Will Power [electronic resource]

Writer, actor, and rapper Will Power brings unique characters and thought-provoking scenarios to life in his vividly staged performances-including The Seven, his hip-hop adaptation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes. Bill Moyers interviews Power about his creative process, focusing on his ability to "flip" an ancient Greek drama into a highly charged, completely contemporary work-one that has meaning for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Anne Provoost [electronic resource]

Anne Provoost's interpretive novel In the Shadow of the Ark tells the story of a young woman excluded from Noah's vessel. The Rose and the Swine is Provoost's reshaping of an equally archetypal story, Beauty and the Beast. Provoost talks with Bill Moyers about finding new truths in ancient narratives, and the ways that myth and storytelling offer life-changing insight into basic human experiences.

David Grossman [electronic resource]

In works such as Someone to Run With and Death as a Way of Life, David Grossman has movingly depicted the realities of living in the Holy Land. Bill Moyers converses with Grossman about his most recent work, The Lion's Honey-a retelling of the Biblical story of Samson with parallels to today's Middle East conflicts and the mind-set of those who inflict violence in the name of faith.

Richard Rodriguez [electronic resource]

Richard Rodriguez-the author of Hunger of Memory and Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father-has expressed provocative views on diversity and its relationship to identity. Bill Moyers talks with Rodriguez about spirituality, mortality, and growing up among mixed influences-including a Catholic family and community often at odds with Protestant-dominated mainstream America.

Sir John Houghton [electronic resource]

An atmospheric physicist and a leading expert on global warming, Sir John Houghton speaks as a scientist and evangelical Christian. The author of Does God Play Dice? A Look at the Story of the Universe and The Search for God: Can Science Help? talks with Bill Moyers, explaining his belief that science and religion, rather than dividing society, can both work towards improving the human condition.

Margaret Atwood [electronic resource]

Can spirituality, compassion, and emotional honesty survive in the face of oppression and religious fundamentalism? Canadian author Margaret Atwood, author of such classics as The Handmaid's Tale, The Edible Woman, and The Blind Assassin, speaks to Bill Moyers about agnosticism, the hunger for meaning, and the distinction between belief and knowledge.

Martin Amis [electronic resource]

In the Martin Amis novel London Fields, a cynical and disjointed society hurtles toward doomsday; in Amis's follow-up book, Time's Arrow, the narrative follows an absurdly reversed course-backward from the Holocaust to purity and innocence. Bill Moyers talks with Martin Amis about humanity's present condition and the ongoing conflict between fundamentalism and secular values.