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Titles available on DVD and Streaming video as of October 2013

Christianity

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of  October 2013

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This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible.  All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on prison topics (including VHS tapes) search the library catalog at: http://www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/index.cfm

Acquainted with grief. 2012.  The faith we confess: A 21st-Century look at the meaning and relevance of the Apostles' creed.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). After describing his birth, the Creed notes that Jesus Christ "suffered under Pontius Pilate," thus providing a historical context for the crucifixion. In this program, Christian theologians discuss this and other aspects of Jesus' death, giving lucid explanations of difficult spiritual concepts. Topics include the focus of Christianity on suffering and death; spiritual despair; the meaning of crucifixion in the ancient world, and how each of the four canonical Gospels interpret Christ's death; Old Testament antecedents of the symbolism of Christ as a blood sacrifice; the importance of Christ's physical death to human redemption; and various interpretations of Jesus' descent into hell.  Streaming video..
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African ascetics and Celtic monks: Christianity in the 5th and 6th centuries. 2007. The history of Christianity: Two thousand years.  1 streaming video file   (48 min.). Part one of this program features the sacking of Rome and introduces Augustine of Hippo and his The City of God, which examines the Church's uneasy relationship with human frailty and worldliness, as piety became identified with self-denial and celibacy was viewed as central to the pursuit of perfection. Part two tracks the spread of Christianity to Ireland and its establishment in Britain and northern Europe by Celtic monks, who had formulated the concept of penance and the culture of pilgrimage. However, it was not the Christianity of Saint Patrick, but of Rome, that succeeded in dominating Britain. Streaming video.
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The African Methodist Episcopal Church. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Reverend Daryl B. Ingram of the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Topics of discussion include the birth and growth of the A.M.E. denomination, the meaning of "African Methodist Episcopal" in the context of the Church's name, and the Church's core beliefs as articulated in the Apostle's Creed and the 25 Articles of Faith. In addition, the Reverend Michael Broadnax, Sr., tours viewers through Greater Bethel and describes aspects of the worship experience. Streaming video.
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All that debt the faith we confess. 2012.  The faith we confess: A 21st-Century Look at the Meaning and Relevance of the Apostles' Creed.  1Streaming video file   (44 min.). 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. Streaming video.
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Almighty, Maker. 2012.  The Faith We Confess: A 21st-Century Look at the Meaning and Relevance of the Apostles' Creed.  1 streaming video file   (46 min.). The Apostles' Creed begins with the words "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth." This program explores the concept of God as an all-powerful being and explains how his supremacy is understood by the Christian Church. Theologians discuss the role of love and humility in God's omnipotence; the puzzle of determinism and free will; God as the source of all that exists; life's origin as purposeful creation and not random chance; what it means to be made "in the image of God" in terms of moral responsibility; the human relationship to God; stewardship of the Earth; God's covenant with his people; and how evil arises. Streaming video.
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The America of the Amish. 2006.  1 streaming video file   (54 min.). The Amish rarely allow themselves to be photographed or filmed, yet several members of the isolated religious community agreed to appear in this eye-opening documentary. Filmed on location in Pennsylvania and Ohio Amish country, the program goes beyond stereotypes and common misconceptions, presenting a fully human portrait of a misunderstood people. Interviews with Amish men and women-some born into the religion, some converts from other parts of the U.S.-reveal a range of opinions and sensibilities within the group's traditional stance on technology, education, and worship. Highlighting the rapid growth of the Amish population and their changing attitudes toward electricity, cell phones, cars, and other modern conveniences, the program will expand viewers' understanding of the Amish and the ways that American subcultures adapt to mainstream society. Streaming video.
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The Assemblies of God. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (29 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Assemblies of God with Maury Davis, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee. Topics of discussion include the riveting story of how Pastor Davis was touched by Christ while a teenage convict; background on the Pentecostal movement; Cornerstone's missionary work in Kenya; and the defining truths of Assemblies of God churches: baptism in the Holy Spirit, the initial physical sign of which is speaking in tongues; divine healing; the Second Coming of Christ; and salvation exclusively through Jesus. In addition, Dana Lawson, Cornerstone's executive pastor, describes the Friday evening service. Streaming video.
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Ave Maria. 2012.  1 streaming video file   (51 min.). This program looks at one of the most celebrated women in the last 2,000 years. She is both a mother and a virgin; internationally famous, she is the center of pilgrimages, the most painted woman in history, and the focus of bitter debates in religious circles. Yet, the Virgin Mary is also a shadowy figure about whom we know almost nothing. This unique program explores the phenomenon of the Virgin Mary, her history, and the effect her influence has had on women and religious practices throughout the world. Streaming video.
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The bamboo cross: Chinese Christianity on the rise. 2009.  China's Leap of Faith.  1 streaming video file   (53 min.). Chinese Christians are growing in number-but are their beliefs compatible with Western teachings? Why does the Communist government look so favorably on a "foreign" faith? Has the Gospel become a tool of authoritarianism? This program searches for answers as it explores the startling ascent of Christianity in China. Outlining the persecution of Christians under Mao, the film studies a past split between nationalist Catholics and those who obeyed Rome; the differences between the Three-Self movement and the house church phenomenon; and the influence of poverty and migration on church membership. Leaders from Beijing's Christian Council, the China Christian Council, and other groups are featured. Streaming video.
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The Baptist Church. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Baptist churches with the Reverend Wallace Charles Smith, senior minister at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion include the core principles of individual soul liberty, congregant equality, and church autonomy; the right of every Baptist to interpret the Bible in his or her own way; the impetus of post-Civil War racism in the forming of African-American Baptist denominations; and the debate on whether the Baptist Church predates Catholicism or is a product of the Protestant Reformation. In addition, Shiloh Deacon James H. Grigsby III tours viewers through the church. Streaming video..
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Believing: Pilgrimage to Santiago. 2013.  1 streaming video file   (52 min.). Goethe once said, "Europe was made on the pilgrim road to Compostela." Stretching from France to the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela, where the cathedral is said to house the remains of James the Apostle, El Camino - or the Way of St. James - was the first great pilgrims' route. Millions made the long journey in an age when people rarely ventured beyond their village or town. Filmmaker Lina Moreco retraces their steps with her "pilgrim camera." She follows El Camino through the rolling landscape and ancient hill-towns of Galicia in a quest to understand the notion of faith in the closing days of the 20th century. Using the pilgrimage as a metaphor, this classic film explores the phenomenon of faith - in God and religion as well as in oneself. What are the wellsprings of faith? What need does it fulfill? And how is it expressed? Believing reflects on these matters, questioning the very existence of God while appreciating the simple beauty of the pilgrim's path. Streaming video.
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Beowulf and the roots of Anglo-Saxon poetry. 2005.  Beowulf and the Roots of Anglo-Saxon Poetry.  1 streaming video file   (31 min.). Beowulf is the oldest written epic in English literature. In this program, Dr. Robert DiNapoli-teaching fellow in Old and Middle English at the University of Birmingham, England-and Professor John Burrow of Bristol University examine the symbolism and the influence of Christianity in Beowulf and other masterpieces of English and Germanic poetry. The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Dream of the Rood, and The Battle of Maldon are also analyzed. The program is an indispensable aid in teaching this watershed period in Western literature. Streaming video.
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Beyond the classical Byzantine and later Greek art. 2005.  Treasures of Athens and Olympia: Greek Art through the Ages.  1 streaming video file   (25 min.). Far from disappearing after the Hellenistic age, Greek art flourished with the rise of Christianity and the Orthodox church. This program explores the development of icon painting, the influence of Greek artists on later European movements, and the advent of neoclassical architecture as a manifestation of an age-old cultural legacy. With historical context from the conversion of Constantine through Greece's post-WWII development period, Beyond the Classical provides a double portrait of a national art movement that has drawn on its own roots to reinvent itself, and set of aesthetic principles that have shaped societies around the world. Streaming video.
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The Bible's buried secrets beyond fact or fiction. 2011.  1 streaming video file   (112 min.).  Go on a scientific journey to the beginnings of modern religion, and dig into both the Bible and the history of the Israelites through the artifacts they left behind. The film focuses on the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) as the foundation for the great monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This powerful exploration of science, scripture, and scholarship examines the most pressing issues in biblical archaeology. Streaming video.
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The birth of a new religion Christianity in the 1st and 2nd centuries. 2007.  Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity. 1 streaming video file   (48 min.). Part one of this program presents the life of Jesus against the backdrop of first-century Judea, inhabited by the Jews and occupied by the forces of the Roman Empire. Was Jesus the long-awaited Messiah? After the Resurrection, Saul of Tarsus, later Paul, became a champion of a budding new religion based on Jesus' teachings: Christianity. Part two traces the spread of the faith and its inevitable clash with Rome. Despite persecution, Christianity thrived, setting down roots and creating the New Testament. Streaming video.
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The Book of Durrow. 2012.  Scribes, Scholars, and Saints: The Art of Celtic Manuscript. 1Streaming video file   (26 min.). 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. Steaming video.
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The Book of Kells. 2006.  Scribes, Scholars, and Saints: The Art of Celtic Manuscripts.  1 streaming video file   (26 min.) . The origins of the Book of Kells are uncertain; it was written and illustrated around the year 800, but the monastery where it originated has not been identified. It contains the Latin text of the four Gospels, with some pages in elaborate color; almost every page has brightly-colored birds and animals, and there are portraits of the four evangelists. This program not only shows but identifies the faces and figures and explains the flamboyant decoration and often witty symbolism. Streaming video.
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Brazil. 2006.  Faultlines: The Search for Political and Religious Links.  1 streaming video file   (37 min.). This controversial program highlights the political initiatives taken by Brazil's top two religious entities: Catholics and evangelical Protestants. It argues that the Roman Catholic Church has always been fused with the nation's identity, from statues of Christ in Rio de Janeiro to mark the first centenary of Brazil's independence to the thousands of Brazilian flags waved during morning mass at the Cathedral of Aparecida. Yet the Church has seemed aloof to many Brazilians; fewer than one in ten attend mass regularly. With the growing power of the evangelical movement, a battle against the Catholic establishment begins for political collusion at the time of a crucial presidential election. Streaming video.
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The breath of God: The faith we confess. 2012.  The Faith We Confess: A 21st-Century Look at the Meaning and Relevance of the Apostles' Creed.  1Streaming video file   (59 min.). 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. Streaming video.
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The burning times. 1990.  1 videodisc (56 min., 10 sec.). An in-depth look at the witch persecutions that swept through Europe during the Middle Ages.  Of those killed, 85 percent were women.  An exploration of the process whereby the old pagan communities were destroyed by Church authorities, fear, and misogny. Streaming video.
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Byzantium and the Holy Roman Empire Christianity in the 7th and 8th centuries. 2007.  Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity.  1 streaming video file   (48 min.). Part one of this program contrasts the ill health of Rome and its Church with the spiritual and material vitality of Byzantium. But all was not well even in the east, as war with Persia and the rise and swift spread of Islam made the Holy Land off-limits, while arguments about the nature of Christ continued to split the Christian world. Part two focuses on the conversion of the Saxon tribes first by Bishop Boniface-the Apostle of Germany-and then by King Charlemagne, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III. Streaming video.
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Catholicism the unpredictable rise of Rome. 2011.  A History of Christianity.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). Rome was once the center of Christian persecution, but the martyrdom there of Paul and Peter began the unfolding of a historical epic that ended with the seat of empire becoming the spiritual capital of the Western Latin church. This program charts the development of Roman Catholicism, traveling to the ancient Port of Ostia, churches in Ravenna, and a remote Celtic monastery to show how Constantine took Christianity from a religion for the downtrodden to a faith aligned with temporal power and wealth. As the Church expanded, key doctrines fell into place: priestly celibacy, confession and penance, purgatory and indulgences, and original sin. The video highlights the accomplishments of Damasus I, Gregory I, and Gregory the Reformer; examines early signs of schism that began with the "barbarian" Theodoric; assesses the impact of the First Crusade; and considers the harsh measures of Innocent III that set the stage for the Reformation. Streaming video.
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Changing Christianity from schism to ecumenism. 2006.  Religion: A World History.  1 streaming video file   (55 min.). The French Revolution explodes, and the Church, at the center of the controversy, must redefine its relationship with political power. This program focuses on religious controversy throughout the ages to the 19th century, when Christianity finds a new vitality and diversity of worship in democratic societies. Vatican II (1962-1965) is discussed as having paved the way for modern Catholicism, and the Protestant Ecumenical movement, also of the 1960s, is credited with reconciliation among the various Christian denominations. Steaming video.
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Christian vs. Christian. 2006.  The Holy Wars. 1 streaming video file   (30 min.). Outlining the provincial causes and ravaging effects of Europe's Thirty Years' War, this program illustrates the ability of religious fervor to inflame nationalism and drive the quest for power. With background on Martin Luther's split with the Catholic Church and the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Dr. Helmut Neuhaus of Friedrich Alexander University offers detailed analysis of the Hapsburg-Bohemian conflict, the shifting alliances of Catholics and Protestants, and the mercenary campaigns of Wallenstein-leading to a comparison with large-scale natural disaster. The program clearly identifies the three-decade inferno as an inspiration for later divisions of church and state. Streaming video.
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Christianity. 2006.  Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief  2006. 1 streaming video file   (26 min.). This program sheds light on the evolution and spread of Christianity across 13 centuries of architecture and art. Selected sites and masterpieces include the 8th-century monastic settlement on Inishmurray Island, off the coast of Ireland; frescoes in the catacombs of San Domitilla and Caravaggios at Santa Luigi di Franchesi, in Rome; the Hagia Sophia, once a Christian cathedral, in Istanbul; the astonishing underground churches of Lalibela, in Ethiopia; Chartres Cathedral; and the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona-a visual feast of facades and spires. Streaming video.
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Christianity and Judaism. 2005.  The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith: A Bill Moyers Special.  1 streaming video file   (57 min.). Because we are removed from spirituality today, Smith believes we find it difficult to understand the true meaning of Christianity. Smith explains that Christianity wouldn't have existed if its "spirit had not been real and dense and palpable and evident to everyone around. Smith finds the intimate relationship between the Jews and their God "a living conversation between the human and the divine that goes on generation after generation. Through his son-in-law, Smith came to admire the beauty of the weekly Jewish Shabbat, and when his daughter died, he found solace in Jewish mourning rituals. Streaming video.
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Christians, Jews, and Moslems in Medieval Spain. 2005.  Europe in the Middle Ages.    1 streaming video file   (33 min.). Due partly to the weakness of its Visigothic rulers, partly to its proximity to Africa, the Iberian peninsula was conquered by Berbers and by Arabs belonging to the Ommayad Dynasty of Damascus. This program describes the history of Spain from the time of the first landing in 711, through the nearly 800-year-long war that ended in the expulsion of both Moors and Jews in 1492; the development of a culture whose people spoke various Spanish dialects while the official language was Arabic; the role of the School of Toledo in preserving, translating, and making known the ancient Greek scientific texts as well as Arabic treatises on philosophy and science; the rabbinic center in Toledo; and the history of the Jews in Spain. Streaming video.
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Church and state Christianity, religious diversity, and secular humanism in America. 2008.  Beyond Theology: 29173s.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.) . The separation of church and state represents one of the most fundamental principles of American democracy. While some contend that the United States needs to return to its roots as a "Christian nation," others point out that the Founding Fathers crafted a system specifically designed to guard against any form of state-sanctioned religion. After reviewing the substance of the debates that took place during the Constitutional conventions, this program examines the evolution of Christianity in the U.S. and reflects upon the growth of religious diversity as well as trends toward secular humanism. Participants include Boston University's Stephen Prothero; Diana Eck, of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University; Robert Bellah, of U. C. Berkeley; retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong; Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow; and the Reverend Peter Gomes, of The Memorial Church of Harvard University. Streaming video.
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The Church of Christ, scientist. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Christian Science with Phil Davis of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in Washington, D.C. Topics of discussion include milestones in the life of founder Mary Baker Eddy, the main principles of Christian Science, Christian Science reading rooms, the solution-based journalism of The Christian Science Monitor, and the application of Christian Science to the healing of discord at the individual, community, and global levels. In addition, Mary Alice Rose of the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Maryland describes the Sunday scriptural service and the Wednesday testimonial service. Streaming video.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.   1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Palos Verdes Stake President Maurice Lam. Topics of discussion include the meaning of the term Latter-day Saints, the life and death of the prophet Joseph Smith, the core values of the LDS Church, The Book of Mormon as the key to the Bible, the structure and organization of the LDS Church, similarities and differences between the LDS Church and other Christ-centric faiths, and the nature of life after death. In addition, Keith Atkinson of the LDS Church Public Affairs Department outlines a typical Sunday gathering at the Los Angeles California Temple. Streaming video.
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The City of God. 2008.  Europe in the Middle Ages: Europe in the middle  1 streaming video file   (39 min.). Augustine of Hippo is a symbol of humankind in early medieval times, seeking to understand the terror and destruction resulting from the barbarian devastations of the Roman world, seeking to find the hand of God-and finding it in the counterpart to the destroyed city of man in the city of God. The program covers the church resurgence, filling the vacuum left by the collapse of civil government and changing to meet its new obligations and fill its new role in society; the creation of the Vulgate Bible; mass conversions; the rule of Pope Gregory the Great-the last of the Roman popes and the first of the European; monastic life; Romanesque architecture; and the role of the pilgrimage in medieval society. Streaming video.
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Colin McGinn. 2006.  Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason. (New York, N.Y.).  1 streaming video file   (26 min.). 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. Streaming video.
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Collision Christopher Hitchens vs Douglas Wilson. 2009.  1 videodisc (88 min.). In the spring of 2007, leading atheist and political journalist Christopher Hitchens and evangelical theologian and pastor Douglas Wilson began corresponding.  The two authors' discussion centered around the question "Is Christianity good for the world?".  In the fall of 2008, the two finally met in person when they embarked on a debate tour arguing the topic. This film follows the two as they tour and passionately argue their points of view. DVD 7154

A common heritage. 2006.  The Dead Sea Scrolls. (New York, N.Y.).  1 streaming video file   (33 min.). What can the Dead Sea Scrolls tell modern theologians about 1st-century Judaism and the roots of Christianity? Drawing on the experiences of Frank Moore Cross, of Harvard University; Emanuel Tov, chief editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project; James Charlesworth, of Princeton Theological Seminary; and other experts, this program describes the battle for open access to the scrolls while exploring the common heritage that links both faiths. In addition, Barbara Thiering airs her radical hypothesis. Footage of the Pope in Jerusalem and readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls Beatitudes and the Thanksgiving Scroll are included. Streaming video.
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Constantine. 2008.  1 streaming video file   (45 min.). This program provides a study of Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity and the founder of Constantinople. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. A part of the series Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire. (45 minutes). Streaming video.
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Constantine the Christian emperor. 2002.  1 videodisc (50 min.). After Julius Caesar, Constantine the Great is arguably the most important ruler in Roman history. He took control of the Empire at one of its lowest ebbs and restored it for the final time to true glory. This program explores Constantine's life and legacy through ancient art and artifacts, expert commentary and historic re-enactments. Trace his 20-year struggle to take control of the splintered empire, and see how he restored it to its former glory through masterful diplomacy and the judicious use of force. Explore the dramatic story of his conversion to Christianity, and the momentous changes in the Empire and the world that resulted. And walk the streets of the city he founded as the capital of his reborn empire. DVD 3036

Coping with scientific and social change: Christianity in the 19th and 20th centuries. 2007.  Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity. 1 streaming video file   (48 min.). Part one of this program, presented against a backdrop of Gothic architecture and pre-Raphaelite art, asks whether religion and science can coexist in a post-Darwinian world. Are Creation and Evolution mutually exclusive? Part two focuses on the questions raised by the global movement toward social equality. Must Christianity adapt to survive, and if so, do issues like female priests and homosexuality threaten to rob it of its scriptural authority? Should the Church restructure along democratic lines? And what role will New Age religions and the Pentecostal movement play as Christianity enters its third millennium? Streaming video.
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Crusader: By horse to Jerusalem. 2012.  Retracing History.  1 streaming video file   (54 min.). The march to Jerusalem was the greatest land journey of the Middle Ages. Recreating the 2,500-mile trip from the green lands of northern Europe to the burning deserts of Sinai, this program leaves from the castle of Duke Godfrey de Bouillon, hero of the First Crusade, plodding along on a one-ton descendant of the medieval battle charger across the lands of medieval Christendom, climbing the Anatolian plateau, seeing the Crusader castles and ancient battlefields in Syria, finally crossing the Jordan River and reaching the jewel in the Crusader's crown, Jerusalem. Streaming video.
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Crusaders and schism in the east: Christianity in the 11th and 12th centuries. 2007.  Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity.  1 streaming video file   (48 min.). Part one of this program documents both the papal reforms that severed the ties between the Church and wealthy Roman families and the rift between Rome and Constantinople. Efforts to reconcile differences in doctrine, clerical practice, and political influence ended in the excommunication of Constantinople's Patriarch. Part two outlines the first four Crusades, in which Jerusalem was won and lost and Byzantium fell to the swords of its own Christian allies. The transfiguring influence of Islamic scholarship on Europe is also spotlighted. Streaming video.
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Cure for Love. 2008.  1 streaming video file   (59 min.). There's a bride, a groom, and the usual happy crowd of well-wishers. But this is no ordinary wedding. Ana and Brian are ex-gays--adherents to a controversial evangelical movement that purports to convert gay people into heterosexuals. Cure for Love goes inside the unusual Christian subculture and follows the lives of several young people whose homosexuality is at odds with their religious beliefs, using their moving testimonies to fashion a nuanced critique of 21st-century fundamentalism. Jonathan, a soft-spoken young Texan, was driven into an ex-gay "ministry" by crippling self-loathing--but he now embraces a Christianity that leaves room for a loving gay relationship. Darren, another refugee, looks back at the ex-gay experience with mixed feelings and wry humor. Ana and Brian remain within the flock, carving out a progressive Canadian position within the movement Cure for Love makes a bighearted contribution to the ongoing dialogue on difference and tolerance. (59 minutes). Streaming video.
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