In the Footsteps of Paul

VIDEO In this documentary originally shown on PBS but now on You Tube, actor David Suchet escorts viewers through the historical Mediterranean following the sites in Saul's, later Paul's life. Suchet traces how Paul learned about and spread his understanding of Jesus' teachings well beyond its original Jewish believers. The film looks at Paul's work from an academic perspective that would support the study of early Christianity in the H-SS Framework.

Easter: East and West

WEB VIDEO This WNET video shows images of church celebrations of Easter in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Churches. The narrative explains the meaning and importance of Easter and why the date when it is observed is different in the Eastern and Western calendars.

Fasting in the Eastern Orthodox Church

WEB RESOURCE This Wikipedia article describes the spiritual role of fasting and the special fasting times. It also looks at types of fasts and the historical context of fasting in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Roman Catholic - Eastern Orthodox Dialogue

WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows twenty-first century church leaders from both sides of the Great Schism discussing the errors of the past and laying the groundwork for reconciliation and possible unity in the future. The Great Schism arose in 1054 between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, due to a variety of factors, including differences in politics, doctrine, geography, language and culture.


WEB RESOURCE This BBC site provides a brief overview of Pentecostalism in Britain and the basic beliefs and practices of this fast growing denomination of Christianity.

What You Will See Inside a Catholic Church by Michael Keane

CHILDREN'S BOOK Author Keane, who is a Catholic priest, guides readers on a tour of a Catholic church, explaining traditions, ceremonies, and forms of worship that take place in different parts of the structure. Beginning with the altar, photos and short descriptions feature stained glass windows, church music, and the stations of the Cross. To support the photos of the religious artifacts and structures inside the church Keane provides information about their spiritual function in Catholicism and how they are used in worship. Skylight Paths Pub, 2002. Elem. - MS

Guide to Early Church Documents

PRIMARY SOURCES This online documents library features copies of early Christian creeds and canons.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians

WEB VIDEO This FRONTLINE series is 4 hours long, now available for purchase through You Tube or available as a DVD from the PBS Store. It is also available online at YouTube. It is an intellectual and visual guide to the new and controversial historical evidence which challenges familiar assumptions about the life of Jesus and the epic rise of Christianity. It is anchored by the testimony of New Testament theologians, archaeologists and historians who serve as both critics and storytellers. They address dozens of key issues, disagreements and critical problems relating to Jesus' life and the evolution of Christianity.

History of Coptic Christianity: Rich Traditions Dating to the First Century

WEB RESOURCE This Learning Religions site written by Jack Zavada provides a brief but clear description of the Coptic Christian faith and church that by tradition dates from 55 CE.

Church Fathers

WEB RESOURCE This ReligionFacts article focuses on the Christian writers and theologians of the first eight centuries of the Christian church, especially from the period of development up to 451 AD. The church fathers formulated nearly all of the Christian doctrine that is accepted by Christians today.

Rise of Christianity

WEB RESOURCE Here are maps and background information about the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire.

Internet Sacred Text Archive - Christianity

SACRED TEXT This Sacred Text Archive site has many examples of Biblical scriptures, Gnostic writings, documents from the early Christian period, from Eastern Christainity, and the medieval, Renaissance and Reformation periods.


WEB RESOURCE Though Wikipedia articles are sometimes wanting is a research base, this article is well written and referenced and is by a number of religious studies scholars. It describes the alternate view held by many Unitarians to the traditional Christian Trinitarianism.

Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World's Christian Population

WEB RESOURCE This PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life provides a comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians widely distributed around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion.

LDS Mission Network

WEB RESOURCE This site from the worldwide Latter Day Saints Church list the current global mission activity. It also provides insight into the mission work of young people by providing a definition and description of mission work, the Mission Training Center, and the list of clothing and supplies they should bring.

Celibacy in the Priesthood

WEB VIDEO This Religion & Ethic NewsWeekly episode examines the concept of the Catholic priesthood and celibacy. As American Catholics have reeled from the disclosures of past sexual abuses by priests, and evidence they were covered up, one of the questions raised has concerned priestly celibacy - abstinence from sex. Was that requirement a cause of the abuses? Is it necessary for dedicated ministry? Should it be made optional?

World's Biggest Congregation

WEB VIDEO Every Sunday, more than 20,000 worshipers attend each of seven services at the Yoido Full Gospel Church, a Pentecostal church in Seoul, South Korea. Hundreds of thousands of others watch on TV or from satellite branches. Why are they so successful and what do they do that attracts so many people to the world's largest church congregation with over 800,000 members. What do they preach and how do they organize the work and manage so many people?

Latter-day Saints 101: What Church Members Believe

WEB RESOURCE In 2001, the LDS Church Saints issued a style guide on its name, requesting that those writing about the church adhere to the full name of the Church. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" is preferred. Latter-day Saints believe unequivocally that: 1.Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of our loving Heavenly Father. 2.Christ's Atonement allows humankind to be saved from their sins and return to live with God and their families forever. 3.Christ's original Church as described in the New Testament has been restored in modern times.

Articles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

WEB RESOURCE In 2001, the LDS Church Saints issued a style guide on its name, requesting that those writing about the church adhere to the full name of the Church. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" is preferred. Basic LDS beliefs are expressed in their Thirteen Articles of Faith. These were listed by Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism when he was asked about the basic beliefs and doctrines of the Latter-Day Saints Church. Some of the doctrines listed are unique to LDS thought, while others are shared with Christian denominations.

Christianity from Judaism to Constantine

WEB RESOURCE In this PBS Crash Course in World History, John Green teaches the history of Christianity from the beginnings of Judaism and the development of monotheism, up to Paul and how Christianity stormed the Roman Empire in just a few hundred years. Along the way, John will cover Abram/Abraham, the Covenant, the Roman Occupation of Judea, and the birth, life, death and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. No flame wars! Let's keep the commentary civil.

Inside the church: What do you need to know?

WEB RESOURCE This simple BBC page has brief descriptors and images of the inside of a Christian church (Church of England). There is special emphasis on Christian symbols that are present in all churches rather than denominational symbols.