In 1993 the National Gallery of Ireland made a stunning announcement: a lost painting by Caravaggio had been discovered in Dublin. Compass: Private Life Of An Easter Masterpiece: The Taking of Christ, tells the story of this lost treasure.
British theologian Robert Beckford traces the relationship between faith and film, from the first Bible movies, made more than a century ago, to the present day.
It is an event that changed the course of human history, and yet, beyond the familiar biblical accounts, shockingly little is known historically about the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. What did he do that resulted in his execution? Who was responsible for his trial and sentencing? How did the story of his execution get reported and passed down through the ages? And why do most biblical historians insist that the gospel story we know, simply can not be true? The Trial of Jesus will reconstruct the 'scene of the crime' and shed new light on the trial and execution, whose story has reverberated - often with great negative effect - through history.
The notion of the Devil does not originate in the Bible, as many may think - In the Old Testament, Satan is just another one of God's servants. It is in Iran that the religious teacher Zarathustra simplified things, ending up with only two - a God of the Good and a God of Evil. This belief then spread throughout the Middle East.
Between 1148 and 1250 turbulent times hit Iberia. Many Jews who were expelled, including the famous philosopher Moses Maimonides, found a home in the northern parts of Iberia. Arabic scholars fled to North Africa and across to Egypt. However, Toledo would remain a huge cultural centre during the 12th century where Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars lived and studied side by side.
Over a thousand years ago, in the south of Medieval Spain, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side-by-side. The intertwining of their culture and beliefs saw the blossoming of great literature, architecture, philosophy, poetry and music. But greed, fear and intolerance saw this unique world vanish.
In the green hills of South East Queensland, there's a Buddhist commune called Frogs Hollow. Curled amidst lush rainforest, peaceful streams and abundant wildlife, it seems tranquil enough. But all is not bliss in this idyllic setting. Two years ago, a guest at Frogs Hollow accidentally killed a scrub turkey. This was not only illegal but very foolish. The small and reasonably well-behaved population of turkeys retaliated. Their numbers grew, their behaviour became aggressive and their intention became clear - to make life a misery for every two-legged mammal they could find.
In the second and final instalment presenter and former Dominican Friar Mark Dowd continues his exploration of religious fundamentalism, meeting militant Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka who have embraced a radical nationalist agenda to fight the dominantly Hindu Tamil Tigers. They argue that they cannot stop bombs by meditating, despite the frustration of the local Buddhist leaders.
Women's place in Christianity has been a matter for debate ever since Jesus walked the earth. But has the role of women always been a stumbling block for Christianity? The answer may lie with the most enigmatic woman of the Gospels.
An intimate portrait of an extraordinary portrayal of love, commitment and sacrifice in an ordinary Australian Muslim family.
The federal election of October 2004 heralded a major shift on the political landscape when the pulpit became a place for politicians to confess their faith and seek the evangelical Christian vote. It also saw the flexing of the zealot muscle of the Christian lobby on major senate issues such as gay marriage, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research.
Two thousand years ago, in the Roman province of Judea, Jesus was crucified by imperial troops. Thousands before him had suffered the same fate. But unlike his predecessors on the cross, Jesus did not disappear from history. Instead, his memory was kept alive by a small band of Jews - men and women who held fast to their conviction that Jesus was the Messiah.
In this episode, Conservative MP and Christian Ann Widdecombe goes in search of the law of Moses, tracing the historical origins of the Ten Commandments and their profound influence on British society for over two millennia.
Can the new and modern China accommodate God? There's a resurgence of religious belief in the populous nation, but believers are struggling for religious freedom, walking a thin line between toleration and persecution.
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