Series: A History of ChristianityThis series explores the origins, growth, trials, and triumphs of Christianity. Host Diarmaid MacCulloch travels to sacred sites on four continents and speaks with clergy members and practitioners to present the essence of what it means to be a Christian. 6-part series, 60 minutes each.
Series: Bill Moyers on Faith & ReasonWhen religion and secularism meet, the result is often a labyrinth of misunderstanding. In this twelve-part series, which Newsday calls "rich, provocative, and enthralling," Bill Moyers explores the complex region between rationality and belief, joined by some of the world's noted writers and thinkers. The insights that emerge-about the creative process, the importance of myths and stories, and the human condition-prove as valuable as any scholarly treatise or theological tract. In Bill Moyers' own words, "Most of us live in the gray world between faith and reason." For those attempting to navigate through the maze, these bold, intelligent discussions can help illuminate the path. Presenting challenging questions and equally challenging answers, they shed light where an uncertain democracy and an uncertain world need it most. 12-part series, 24 to 57 minutes each.
Series: Divine WomenThe status of women in religion is a contentious subject, from the furor in the Anglican Church over female bishops to heated debate about the role of women in Islam. But it hasn’t always been this way. In this three-part series, award-winning historian Bettany Hughes explores the status of women in religion, from 10,000 BC to the contemporary era. A BBC Production. 3-part series, 48–50 minutes each.
Series: Essentials of FaithThis series explores the core beliefs and internal arguments of the world's major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism, and the Humanist movement. 7-part series, 24 minutes each.
Series: The World of IslamFrom the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the zenith of power wielded by the Ottoman Turks, this three-part Empires series tells the spectacular story of the rise of Islam during its first 1,000 years. Detailed reenactments and stunning visuals of Islamic art, artifacts, and architecture are combined with interviews that feature leading scholars from around the globe. Distributed by PBS Distribution. 3-part series, 51-54 minutes each.
Series: Let's Look at World ReligionsSpiritual belief has shaped society through the ages and continues to play a vital role in the lives of billions of adherents. Drawing from the sacred texts of each, this series provides an introduction to the seven largest religions practiced today. Historical origins, main tenets, holidays and special ceremonies are all covered, along with important worship locales around the world. The eight-part series also looks at what the seven major religions have in common. 8-part series, 20–25 minutes each.
Series: Religion in Contemporary SocietyThis informative three-part series discusses what religion means in today's society and looks at some of the new religious movements that have evolved. We discuss if contemporary society is moving away from the traditional and historical view of religion or if religion and spirituality is merely changing and taking on new forms. This video resource is produced to prompt discussion and debate and comes with worksheets containing questions and activities for the students.
Series: The Protestant RevolutionWith its respect for individual autonomy, its sense of a personal God, and its contempt for the ornate trappings of the Catholic church, the Protestant Revolution forged much of modern Western society. This four-part series illustrates the birth and development of Protestantism, a powerful engine of economic, social, and sexual change for 500 years. Presenting commentary from many of today's notable religious leaders and scholars, the series profiles numerous Protestant historical figures and factions. It also establishes an important irony-that an initially pious movement led to a system of thought and practice eminently suited to a secular world. 4-part series, 60 minutes each.
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Islam and its Five PillarsExamines the meaning of Islam and its Five Pillars, both within a Muslim context and in relation to the Christian and Jewish traditions of Abrahamic monotheism. The purpose of hijab, the distinction between individual and congregational prayer, and mosque design are given special consideration, as are the Virgin Birth, Jesus, and an almighty God.
The Quran, the Bible, and the TorahIslam, Christianity, and Judaism possess a rich body of writings that are authoritative and normative for the life and faith of their respective communities. In this program, Timothy George, author of Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?; Amina Wadud, author of the groundbreaking Qur'an and Woman; and Ibrahim Kalin, author of many articles on Islam and Islamic thought, present their perspectives on the revelatory and inspirational texts of the three religions of the Book. In the process, they compare the illiteracy of Muhammad to the virginity of the Virgin Mary as essential conditions for the untainted transmissions of the Word and contrast views on the validity of sacred works in translation.