Another reincarnation of the infinitely variable John Safran. This time around Safran teams up with his maverick match in wit and weird wisdom, Father Bob Maguire in a current affairs-cum-chat show with a spiritual twist.
In this episode, host Christy Kenneally visits the Forum, the epicentre of Roman religion, and the Pantheon, sanctuary of the Roman Gods. In Caerleon in Wales, he reveals how the Romans carried their religion to the farthest reaches of the empire. And at Ephesus in Turkey, he traces the rise of the Christian deity that would ultimately overthrow the Roman gods.
An exclusive tour behind the forbidding walls of the tiniest state on earth. From the kitchens to the workshops, from the Vatican's fire department to its very own farm, the filmmakers capture the industriousness and cheer of those who work behind the scenes to keep Vatican City running smoothly. This episode looks at Christmas preparations.
The two-part series, Inside the Vatican offers a rare insight into the inner most workings of the Vatican. Portraying everyday life inside the Vatican has been practically impossible up to now. But in this lighthearted series, viewers are taken on an exclusive tour behind the forbidding walls of the tiniest state on earth.
The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with divinity, death, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Host Christy Kenneally visits Saqqara, south of Cairo, where the Egyptians learned the technique of mummification and built the first pyramid as an early prototype for the grand monuments of the Giza pyramid complex.
This series explores the tense relationship between Iran and the West, through the words of the inside players. How did Iran manage to seize the US embassy and bring down the Jimmy Carter presidency? What role has Iran played in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what are their nuclear intentions?
Iran vs Carter. Iran vs Reagan. Iran vs Bush. Iran vs Obama? Part of the "Axis of Evil", a rising nuclear threat? The two-part documentary series, Iran and the West explores the tense relationship between Iran and the West, through the words of the inside players. How did Iran manage to seize the US embassy and bring down the Jimmy Carter presidency? What role has Iran played in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what are their nuclear intentions?
In the last remaining Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan reincarnation is a way of life, but in recent years more and more children are claiming to be reincarnates forcing the Bhutanese government to step in.
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.
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