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Titles available on DVD and Streaming video as of October 2013


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:

A nation reborn & a new light. 2010.  1 videodisc (116 min.). A Nation Reborn: As slavery splits the nation, abolitionists and slaveholders find justification in the Bible. Frederick Douglass condemns Christianity; President Lincoln struggles to make sense of the war's carnage and the death of his young son. Lincoln, who previously had favored reason over revelation, embarks on a spiritual journey that transforms his ideas about God and the war's ultimate meaning. A New Light: Isaac Mayer Wise embraces change and establishes Reform Judaism in America. Presbyterian biblical scholar Charles Briggs seeks to wed his evangelical faith with modern biblical scholarship, and is tried for heresy. In the 1925 Scopes trial, Christian fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan faces off against freethinker Clarence Darrow in a battle between scientific and religious truth. DVD 8332

A nation reborn: God in America - how religious liberty shaped America. 2011.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). Hour three explores how religion suffused the Civil War. As slavery split the nation in two, Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause. Former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass condemned Christianity for sanctioning slavery. In the White House, Abraham Lincoln struggled to make sense of the war's carnage and the death of his young son. The president, who previously had put his faith in reason over revelation, embarked on a spiritual journey that transformed his ideas about God and the ultimate meaning of the war.  Streaming video.

A New saint, a new art. 2006.  First Light: Tuscany and the Dawn of the Renaissance:  1 streaming video file   (49 min.). St. Francis of Assisi revolutionized Christianity in 13th-century Tuscany with his down-to-earth belief that poverty, chastity, and obedience should shape an individual's relationship with God. By going back to Christ's original message, he played a pivotal role in the genesis of the Renaissance. This poignant program investigates how St. Francis's infusion of emotion and nature into the Christian mainstream inspired artists of the period to produce naturalistic depictions of him that were full of action and feeling. Interviews with Monsignor Timothy Verdon, art historian at Canon Florence Duomo; Franciscan Friar Maurice Richard; and Alexander Nagel, art historian at the University of Toronto, are featured.  Streaming video.

The Nightingale of Wittenberg. 2006.  1 streaming video file   (27 min.). Congregational music during worship owes its origin to Martin Luther, who used it to proclaim his bedrock message of the Protestant Reformation: God's grace as the sole ingredient for salvation. This elegant program explains how Luther changed the mode of public worship by integrating music into the divine service so that all Christians-not just the clergy-could express and celebrate their belief. It also highlights Luther's biography, from his time as a professor of Theology in 1512 at Wittenberg University to his "love for the truth and.desire to elucidate it" expressed in his 95 Theses five years later. Excommunicated and under the ban of the Emperor, Luther's love of music in Protestant worship never waned.  Streaming video.

No god but god. 2007.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). In this program, Robert Winston focuses on monotheism as he continues to examine the building blocks of faith and humankind's quest to plumb the nature of God. Visits to Mt. Sinai, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter's Basilica, Mecca, and the Abalfazl and Imam Mosques, Isfahan, shed light on the beliefs that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in common and the issues that divide them. Featured experts include scholar Zaki Badawi, historian Elizabeth Lev, authors Jonathan Kirsch and Jack Miles, and Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Britain.  Streaming video.

No rest for the wicked: Protestantism and economics. 2009.    1 streaming video file   (59 min.). In the 21st-century landscape of shopping malls and skyscrapers, capitalism appears irreligious-but beneath its secular veneer lie theological principles born in the 1500s. This program examines the rise of the Protestant work ethic and the religious foundations of Western industry; it also reveals a Protestant consciousness at the heart of social activism and the opposition to extreme capitalism. Beginning with John Calvin and his sanctification of material success, the film focuses on Britain's Nonconformist movement, John Winthrop's colonial ventures, the Puritan basis of Benjamin Franklin's ideals, and divisions that arose within Protestantism over slavery and the excesses of factory labor. Streaming video.

Not in God's name: In search of tolerance with the Dalai Lama. 2012.  1 streaming video file   (57 min.). A witness to the Hindu attacks against Sikhs that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, filmmaker Paula Fouce has seen religious hatred firsthand. In this documentary, Fouce joins His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a journey across India to look beyond religious differences and find the common ground that unites the country's eight faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. In addition to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Not in God's Name features His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa; Robert Thurman; Joseph Prabhu; Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji; Karan Singh; Georg Feuerstein; and Michael Bernard Beckwith.  Streaming video.

Noughts and crosses: Development and codification of atheism. 2007.  1 streaming video file   (61 min.) . By 500 A.D., Christianity had begun its rise as the dominant religion of Europe. Skeptical philosophical beliefs were effectively silenced, and the Roman Catholic Church was on its way to becoming a power that would endure unchallenged for a millennium.until the Scientific Revolution. But as Jonathan Miller points out in this program, schisms within the Church-subsequently exacerbated by Deists Edward Herbert and David Hume as well as by monist philosopher Thomas Hobbes-had much more to do with clarifying and systematizing atheism than did the discoveries of Copernicus and Newton. The program concludes with the formal codification of an atheistic philosophy in 1770 via La Systeme de la Nature, written by the Baron d'Holbach. Historian Simon Schaffer is featured.  Streaming video.

Now with Bill Moyers: Karen Armstrong on religious fundamentalism. 2005.  1 streaming video file   (41 min.). If you were God, would you do away with religion? With that question, Bill Moyers launches into a discussion with Karen Armstrong, one of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs and author of Islam: A Short History. In this program, they seek to understand the psychosocial impact of religious fundamentalism, which frequently elevates God at the expense of personal freedom. Over the course of their dialogue, they also cover the concept of sacredness, the relationship between religion and psychology, and the profound connections among the three religions of the Book-all within the context of Ms. Armstrong's own spiritual journey from disenchantment to peace.  Streaming video.

NOW with Bill Moyers: Speaking to power. 2006.  1 streaming video file   (57 min.). Eighty percent of Americans - four out of five - say they are Christians. Right now they are divided over a critical social, political, and theological challenge: how to live with religious diversity in an increasingly pluralistic and polarized world. Over the past twenty years, conservative fundamentalist Christians have been front and center in politics and the media - but faith, like democracy, wears many faces. At The Riverside Church in New York City, a different kind of Christian voice can be heard preaching a very different message: the speaker is the Reverend Dr. James Forbes, Jr., and his vision is one of social justice for all. This timely Bill Moyers special provides an intimate view of Dr. Forbes and The Riverside Church as it traces Riverside's theological roots as well as its history and architecture, revealing a house of worship dedicated to the idea that science, learning, and faith can comfortably coexist under the same vaulted roof with a religiously diverse congregation. "The new reality is, that nobody in today's world can be truly mature in their religion without making space for respect for all of the other religious traditions," says Dr. Forbes. Streaming video.

Orthodoxy from empire to empire. 2011.  A History of Christianity.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). On July 16, 1054, a dramatic event occurred during the worship service in the Church of Hagia Sophia: a papal delegation delivered a document excommunicating the Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Patriarch promptly excommunicated the Pope in return. Known as The Great Schism, the act divided Eastern from Western Catholic Christianity. Going on location to the most venerated sites in the Byzantine world, this program presents a history of Eastern Orthodoxy. The video focuses on the tenacity of the Church as it survived Muslim invasions, the destruction by Crusaders of its holy city, the crumbling of the Byzantine Empire, czarist exploitation, and being shut down by the Soviet regime. It also covers the conversion of the Slavs, the use of icons - banned in a desperate reversal of loyalties as Rome sided with Islam in condemning religious images - and the rise and fall and rise again of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. Streaming video.

Paper gods: Aspects of religion in Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali. 2008.  The Call of Africa: The Voice of a Continent  1 streaming video file   (51 min.). Christianity, Islam, and a broad range of indigenous religions coexist side by side in Africa, in many cases blending into unique hybrids. This program-an inquiry into the nature of the continent's spiritual practices-spotlights the Reverend Pastor Benoit D. Agbaossi, supreme head of the Celestial Church of Christ, in Benin, and footage of an exorcism and The Ceremony of the Infertile Woman; the village of Kukoe, Ghana, where women accused of witchcraft find welcome and sanctuary; the Rifai Sufis of Cairo, who provide insights into the meaning of Sufism; Yin believers of the Niger River, who venerate water spirits, and footage of the Holey Horey Ceremony; and a pilgrimage to the Sof Omar Cave, in Ethiopia, where a blend of Christianity, Islam, and animism is practiced. Streaming video.

Peter and Paul and the Christian revolution. 2002.  1 videodisc (120 min.). Early Christianity faced powerful obstacles. The might of the Roman Empire and the power-politics of ancient Jerusalem laid a heavy burden on those who believed Jesus was "the Messiah." But this new faith would not die. In a brief span of time, the fledgling religion would transcend its origins in the provinces of Rome and absorb the capital of the empire itself. With the words of Paul and other ancient writers, interviews with contemporary scholars and dramatic reenactments, Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution explores how two men weathered crippling disagreements and political persecution to lead one of history's most astonishing religious movements.    DVD 910

The politics of belief: Protestantism and the state. 2009.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). Although Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door, his action sparked a political upheaval as well as a religious one. This program examines the rise of the Protestant movement in Europe and its link to revolution, civil war, and modern incarnations of radical and conservative politics. Studying the theology Luther crafted at Wartburg Castle and his confrontations with papal and secular authorities, the film explores Thomas Muntzer's bloody appropriation of Protestant ideals, the Levellers' movement under Cromwell, the birth of the British Labor Party, the role of Baptist teachings in the American civil rights movement, and the conservative Protestantism embodied in the presidency of George W. Bush.  Streaming video.

Pope Benedict XVI: My Vatican. 2012.  1 streaming video file   (45 min.). 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. Streaming video.

Portrait of an American zealot. 1982.  Crisis to crisis with Barbara Jordan 1 videodisc (59 min.). Interviews with conservative American Christian leaders and organizations about their beliefs and political aims. Ed McAteer, the founder of the Religious Roundtable, is featured as the American zealot speaking out on topics such as abortion, school busing, the ERA, sex education, and eternal life.  DVD 10729

Poverty, politics, and religion plight of India's poor. 2006.  1 streaming video file   (31 min.). Charges against Christian missionaries for unlawful conversions and desecration of Hindu shrines are fodder for militant Hindu revivalists who seek to claim converts for themselves-and justification for their acts of violence against India's Christian minority. This gripping program investigates the political agendas behind the violence, as the tribal poor-many of whom have benefited socioeconomically from embracing Christianity-are coercively reclaimed by a Hinduism of which they were never a part. Streaming video.

Powerhouse for God. 2005.  Streaming video. (57 min). A documentary about Fellowship Independent Baptist Church in Stanley, Va. Focuses on the pastor, John Sherfey and his family, and on the congregation and "how they bring meaning to their lives through songs, prayers, sermons, and life sciences.  Streaming video.;765100

Preparing the way for Jesus. 2006.  The Jesus File: Tracking the Messiah.  1 streaming video file   (26 min.). This program describes the political and religious situation in Judea during King Herod's reign prior to Jesus' public life. Material extracted from the "Jesus file" includes background on the city of Caesarea, Judas the Galilean's rebellion, the fortress of Masada, the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Essenes at Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the activities and subsequent execution of John the Baptist. Streaming video.

The Presbyterian Church. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Presbyterianism with Senior Pastor Michael L. Lindvall of The Brick Presbyterian Church, in New York City. Topics of discussion include the influence of John Calvin; the nonhierarchical nature of the Presbyterian Church; core Presbyterian beliefs; the Holy Spirit as "the present tense of God"; and the litmus test generally used in the Western Christian tradition to establish which gospels should rightfully be a part of the Bible. In addition, the history of The Brick Presbyterian Church and the order of worship as it is conducted there are outlined by Ellsworth G. Stanton III, clerk of session. Streaming video.

Protestantism: The evangelical explosion. 2011.  1 streaming video file   (60 min.). Now identified mainly with Fundamentalism, the Evangelical movement that began in 18th-century Britain was an exuberant expression of Protestantism that quickly spread across the globe. What made it so compelling that slaves and slave-owners, the poor and the powerful alike, embraced it in America, Africa, and Asia? This program studies the cultural, theological, and political framework of the Evangelical movement and the branches of Protestantism that it produced. Beginning with the influence of the Moravians, it covers John Wesley's Methodism, Jonathan Edwards and the first two Great Awakenings, the impact of the American Revolution, and the linking of politics, capitalism, and Protestantism in the new nation's ascendency. The video also goes to Africa to examine the establishment of Protestantism there, and to South Korea to discuss the Prosperity Gospel with the founder of the world's largest Pentecostal congregation . Streaming video.

Protestants in China: Growing spiritual movement. 2009.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). China's economy is booming-and so is its Christian community. This program examines the rise of the country's nondenominational Protestant movement, its basic structure and organization, and its relationship with the government. Spotlighting new, moderate religious freedoms in Chinese society, the film visits Christian churches in Nanjing Province and interviews a number of ministers and congregation members. Cao Sheng-Jie, President of the Chinese Christian Council, discusses building a "truly Chinese church," while students at a prominent state-supported seminary describe their reasons for converting to Christianity and entering the ministry. The role of Christianity in President Hu Jintao's "harmonious society" is also explored.  Streaming video.

Quakerism. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Quakerism with Deborra Sines Pancoe, a member of Abington Friends Meeting in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Topics of discussion include definitions of the terms Quaker and Friend, George Fox and the founding of Quakerism, William Penn and his "Holy Experiment," unprogrammed and programmed worship among different denominations of Friends, the message of Quakerism, and key ideas that guide the Quaker life, such as simplicity, peace, equality, and integrity. In addition, Elizabeth Mosley, another member of AFM, explains some of the traditions and practices of unprogrammed Quaker meeting.  Streaming video.

The quest for God. 2006.  Promises and Paradoxes: Reconciling Christian Ideals with History   1 streaming video file   (44 min.). For thousands of years, people have felt a fascination with an unseen power that watches over humankind and can intercede at crucial moments. But does God really exist? And, if so, is there still a place for Him in today's world? This program travels to venerable religious landmarks in Egypt, the Holy Land, and Rome as well as to modern astronomical observatories in a search for the handprints of God throughout the course of history. The relevance of Christianity in the 21st century is also considered. Streaming video.

The question of God.  2012.  The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, with Dr. Armand Nicholi.  1 streaming video file   (120 min.). This first program tells how in childhood both C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud embraced their family's religions. But the early death of Lewis's mother and the horrors he witnessed in World War I tested his faith. Later, Lewis found his once-passionate atheism troubling, and began searching for faith again. Freud, studying medicine in the age of Darwin, found he had no use for a creator. In developing his theory of psychoanalysis, he came to see belief in God as just human fantasy. To grapple with questions raised by Freud's and Lewis's ideas, Dr. Nicholi leads a panel of seven thoughtful men and women in a discussion of the influences that cause us to embrace or reject religious belief. DVD 2128 and Streaming video.
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The Quran, the Bible, and the Torah. 2006.  Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis 1 streaming video file   (34 min.). Islam, 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. Streaming video.

Reconciling history in black and white. 2009.  1 streaming video file   (50 min.). Using nightmare images from America's past-the noose, the lynching tree, and other emblems of cruelty-Dr. James Cone sheds light on the lingering presence of hatred and terror in our national consciousness. Cone, a Union Theological Seminary professor and author of the highly acclaimed God of the Oppressed, talks with Bill Moyers about the meaning of these and other symbols.  Streaming video.

Reformation: Luther and the Protestant Revolt. 2005.  Religion: A World History 1 streaming video file   (52 min.). This program traces the history of the Protestant Reformation, the path of its founder, Martin Luther, and the subsequent rise of sects including Calvinism, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, and Methodism. Topics discussed include the Council of Trent, the renewal of Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the rise of religious orders founded by St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Vincent de Paul. Streaming video.

A Reformation of the mind: Protestantism and western culture. 2009.  The Protestant Revolution 1 streaming video file   (60 min.) . At the core of the Protestant Revolution was a new emphasis on exploring and questioning the natural world. This program shows how a religious upheaval that began a half-millennium ago led to the art, literature, and science of today's Western society. The film makes the case that a humanistic approach to art first grew out of the Protestant drive to remove images from European churches in the 16th and 17th centuries. It also examines the development of the modern novel via the Protestant-informed writings of John Bunyan, Daniel DeFoe, and Charles Dickens-then reveals the Protestant underpinnings of Newtonian physics, Darwin's theories, and our technological culture. Streaming video.

Reformation: The individual before God. 2011.  A History of Christianity.  1 streaming video file   (59 min.). The Reformation was a period of rebellion, upheaval, and war - all sparked by one man whose revolt against church authority led to the creation of Protestantism and ultimately, to a reinvigoration of the Catholic faith. This program travels to churches in Europe, Britain, and Mexico to explore the key figures, philosophies, and movements of the Protestant Reformation. It looks at the issues that inflamed Martin Luther, and then Zwigli and John Calvin, as well as the doctrines that divided them, and the many branches of Protestantism that formed as a result. The video also provides an overview of the English Reformation and the English Civil War, the Reconquista, the Council of Trent and the Counter-Reformation, the impact of missionaries in Mexico, the sectarian tensions in Bohemia that sparked the Thirty Years War, and the flight of Calvinist Protestants - Pilgrims - to the New World. Streaming video.

The reformed church.  2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about the Reformed Church with Senior Minister Arthur Caliandro of Marble Collegiate Church, in New York City-the oldest continuous Protestant organization in the U.S. and the former pulpit of Norman Vincent Peale. Topics of discussion include background on the Reformed Church, the purpose of Creation, the workings of grace, the power of prayer, accountability for one's life decisions, and the complementary relationship between psychology and theology. In addition, Kim Sebastian Ryan, archivist of MCC, explains aspects of a typical worship service. Streaming video.

Religions of the book: Women serving religion. 2006.  1 streaming video file   (29 min.). 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. Streaming video.

The return of the daughters. 2007.  1 videodisc (ca. 58 min.). This film explores the lives of young single women who have chosen to live at home and be guided by their fathers until they marry.  They are living family-centered lives based upon Biblical principles. In upholding the Christian tradition, these young women use their gifts to start family businesses and to help others in church and community. In the twenty-first century, they are pioneering a new culture of strength and dignity. DVD 9433 

The Roman Catholic Church. 2008.  I BELIEVE-with Dennis Wholey.  1 streaming video file   (28 min.). In this program, Dennis Wholey has a conversation about Roman Catholicism with Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore. Topics of discussion include who Jesus Christ is, from a Catholic perspective; the concept of the Trinity; the seven sacraments; the purpose and meaning of the Mass; what makes a Catholic a Catholic; and the effect of cultural secularization on the Church. In addition, the history of the restored Baltimore Basilica-America's first cathedral and the foundation of Roman Catholicism in the U.S.-is outlined by Mark J. Potter, executive director of the Basilica Historic Trust. Streaming video.

The Roman Catholic Church in Poland. 2012.  Credo: An Introduction to the Major Religious Traditions of Europe   1 streaming video file   (30 min.). 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. Streaming video.

The Roman Catholic Church: The Vatican and Italy. 2012.  Credo: An Introduction to the Major Religious Traditions of Europe   1 streaming video file   (30 min.). 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. Streaming video.

The root of all evil. 2006.  2 videodiscs [96 min.]. Richard Dawkins is astounded that religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth based on hard evidence. He explores the state of the 3 Abrahamic religions in the world today, from the political influence of rich, powerful Christian fundamentalist institutions in America to the deadly clash of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle East. Episode 2 looks at sectarian religious schooling, and the increase in the numbers of faith schools. Discusses morality in relation to religion.  DVD 2439

The roots of belief: Animism to Abraham, Moses, and Buddha. 2006.  Religion: A World History streaming video file   (51 min.). Neanderthals begin burying their dead in sepulchers that simulate their huts in an attempt to connect with the spiritual world. When God first speaks to Abraham, he becomes the father of three great religions: Judaism, and subsequently Christianity and Islam. Moses leads the children of Israel out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Buddha, "The Awakened One," teaches humans to transcend their worldly desires. This program traces these stories, and their inevitable path toward the institutionalization of religious practice. Streaming video.

Russia. 2006.  Faultlines: The Search for Political and Religious Links1 streaming video file   (37 min.). It is no irony that Victor Zorkaltsev, a Communist, is also the head of the religious committee of the Russian parliament, the Duma. It is also not an accident that the Russian government paid for an extraordinary replica of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour that is maintained by local businessmen. And if more than 80 percent of Russians describe themselves as Orthodox Christians, why do only 5 percent go to church regularly? These are three of many examples in this potent program that concentrates on the resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church and how its aspirations to spiritual and political power pose a threat to the fundamental freedoms of many Russians.  Streaming video.

The Russian Orthodox Church. 2012.  Credo: An Introduction to the Major Religious Traditions of Europe   1 streaming video file   (30 min.). 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. Streaming video.