Religion

The word religion is derived from Latin “religionem” meaning the respect for what is sacred and reverence for the gods. The contemporary definition states that it is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems and word views that connect humanity with an order of existence. The word religion is often interchangeably used with faith or belief system.

However there are those who oppose this, arguing that religion differs from private belief system. Most of the world`s religions offer the answers to the origin of life and universe along with moral and ethic codes of conduct. It is estimated that there are, currently, over 4.200 religions worldwide.

When it comes to the classification of religion, there are five distinctive branches: Abrahamic, Iranian, Indian, African and Indigenous and folk.

There are numerous aspects to consider concerning religion such as the origin and the development, different types of religion and the teachings behind them. There are also other issues religion is concerned with such as economics, health, violence, law and science.

The documentaries and video materials complied in this category are looking into the above mentioned issues.

TV3 brings us a documentary on Ireland`s cults such as “The Palmarians”, “The House of Prayer” or the “Scientologists”. See their structural complexity, hierarchy and means of funding. The story also includes the experiences of their former members and their current views of these churches. It also gives you a chance to look inside these churches and see what exactly is going on.

Discover the origin and history of Christianity in Abkhazia in a documentary that combines these stories of the past and video materials into a fascinating tale. Witness some of the monuments, monasteries and the stories about the saints in a documentary directed by Sergei Yazvinskiy.

Ancient mythologies around the world are filled with tales of demons and gods from beezlebub, djinn, lamia to baal and satan. This documentary is looking into these mythological creatures from the perspective of Christianity. Also have a chance to see the history of witchcraft, demon possession and how people used the above mentioned terms to their benefit in times of war.

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On September 30, 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down first of its kind, unmoderated 2 hour discussion, convened by and filmed by Jos...

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Religion
The Corporation Documentary - Full Version
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This incredibly well put together documentary takes a refreshingly non biased approach to explaining exactly what a corporation is, how they came to be and how they are in general ...

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This series explores the revelations of the religions of the world about the arrivals of the Antichrist Dajjal, Imam Al-Mahdi, and the second coming of Christ.A work inspired Hashe...

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Social
Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die
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In a sincere, personal documentary, Sir Terry Pratchett, the author considers how you can choose to end his life.Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, Terry wants to know i...

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Science
Supernatural Science: Previous Lives
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Millions of people believe in reincarnation. Is there evidence that actually happens?Why do people go through many lives and can bring back memories of having lived before?Therapie...

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This 2007 British documentary was made to try and see if Scientology was becoming more mainstream. But it gained controversy due to the reporters use of the word cult and the Churc...

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Religion
Protestant Reformation
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This BBC documentary summarizes and explains one of the most pivotal points in western history; The Reformation. After creating a sect of the Christian church Martin Luther created...

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Anglican vicar Peter Owen-Jones has taken a sabbatical to travel the world with a BBC team to explore different religions around the world in the early 21.Pete Owen Jones presents ...

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The odd weekends Louis Theroux is a television documentary series, in which Louis Theroux gives viewers the opportunity to brief glimpses into the worlds of individuals and groups ...

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There’s something about the inherent tolerance of Buddhism, which is in itself attractive. It is totally without bias.There is no notion of sin, there is no notion of good and ev...

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In the hands of God, filmmaker Joe Cultrera explores the very personal story of how his brother – Paul – was molested in the 1960s by his parish priest, Father Joseph Birmingha...

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Welcome to Discovering Religion – an original series on the discrepancies between the literal belief in religious mythology and the cold hard facts of evolution and the scientifi...

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Religion
Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
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Over a thousand years ago, the sun-washed land of southern Spain was home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, living together and flourishing. Their culture and beliefs intertwined, ...

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Call Snow Lion is a new documentary series Tibet Foundation revealing a history of the Tibetan diaspora unresolved.In 1949, the Chinese people’s Liberation Army entered the regio...

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Through the eyes of three families, the children of God tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuses at the hand...

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Based on the acclaimed book by Karen Armstrong, this feature-film guides viewers along one of the most difficult tasks of mankind.More than 4,000 years, followers of the monotheist...

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Religion
Openhand: 5 Gateways
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The world is experiencing a very turbulent evolutionary process. As the fabric of our society collapses, a new paradigm is unfolding around us based on unconditional love, joy and ...

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New Perspective on Islam
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In April 2002 the US sponsored a failed military coup against Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected president of Venezuela. An Irish TV crew was there by chance filming a documen...

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Confirmed as the literal word of God by some and a compelling artifact by others, the Bible has shaped Western history of more than 2,000 years.For ages, it has provided a rich tre...

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Jesus Camp Documentary
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Jesus Camp is a shocking and disturbing look at a pentecostal summer school for kids who spend their summer learning about their “prophetic gifts” and being taught that they ca...

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Islam: Empire of Faith
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What is Islam? Who is Muhammad? This is the first documentary part 3 narrated by Ben Kingsley about Islam and attempts to answer these questions. This part is about the life of the...

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Nicky Campbell presents a special edition of the big questions in denouncing registered school children.To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bi...

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Religion
Is Religion A Force For Good In The World?
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Who does not love a good old-fashioned clash between an atheist and a religious convert? The possibilities for awkward silences, blasphemy and dump tables are endless, and one of t...

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Sexuality
Inside Bountiful: Polygamy Investigation
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The story of Winston Blackmore, the notorious leader of Canada’s most famous polygamist community, in Bountiful, BC. Bountiful is a well known religious commune where polygamist ...

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Social
In God We Teach
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“In God We Teach” tells the story of a high school student who secretly recorded his history teacher in class and accused him of proselytizing for Jesus. The teacher, in dange...

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The History of Christianity in Abkhazia is the story of churches, monuments, monasteries and ancient biographies of saints that shaped the Christian religion in Abkhazia. The film ...

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Next Army investigates God Patrick Henry College (PHC), created five years ago in Virginia, near Washington DC. Its mission is to train young fundamentalist Christians to become th...

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During the Second World War, the U.S. Navy used the island in the South Pacific to build a military base and met the islanders American soldiers was a tremendous culture shock.The ...

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Trailer: Hundreds raised from the dead. Manna appearing in the Pentagon. Gemstones falling from the sky. Teens healing perfect strangers on the street.This is not the religion of y...

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Exposed: Ireland’s Secret Cults is a documentary from TV3 that looks into a number of religious ‘cults’ in Ireland like the ‘Palmarians’, ‘The House of Prayer’ and �...

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This is a documentary that is from Channel 4 on evangelists in the United States. Very interesting insight on their mission, family, goals, etc.

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This film investigates the variety of stories surrounding the New Testament account of the crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, interview historians, theologian...

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Religion
Demons and Gods From the Ancient World
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The story of a number of Ancient Demons and Gods including beezlebub, djinn, lamia, baal, satan, witchcraft, and more ancient mythology from around the worldThough slightly bias, f...

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Filmmaker Amy Berg tells a harrowing tale of child abuse and how a serial pederast was free for most of two decades in this documentary. Oliver O’Grady was a Catholic priest who ...

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Cults: Dangerous Devotion
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The dark and dangerous world of the sects has long been a source of fascination and fear. What attracts followers of religion and, more importantly, what makes them stay?In this sp...

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Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson
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COLLISION carves new ground in documentary filmmaking, as it faces the main atheist, political journalist and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens against the co-author, satiris...

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Amongst White Clouds
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"American director Edward A. Burger takes us on his unforgettable journey into the hidden life of China Zen Buddhist tradition forgotten hermit.Amongst White Clouds is a look at th...

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A Brief History of Disbelief
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"Jonathan Miller visits the absent Twin Towers to consider the religious implications of 9 / 11 and meets Arthur Miller and the philosopher Colin McGinn. It looks for evidence of t...

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