Category “Religion”

The Train That Divides Jerusalem

Jerusalem is an ancient city with a sparkling new train, it was built to unite people but instead the train itself seems to be dividing it further. In this film by BBC's panorama, reporter Adam Wishart, a British Jew, investigates how the train has made it easier for the Jewish community to travel into the Palestinian suburbs, seeing a dramatic influx of people who the Palestinians would rather stayed away. Wishart decided to ride the train which seems to have caused so much controversy, having even incited violence amongst the two sides, all in order to discover the truth as to whats...

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Questioning Darwin

For those Christians who believe their Bible is the word of God, the literal truth, one man is held up as the antichrist, he is Charles Darwin, their reasoning?, for leading millions of Christians astray with a very different account of creation, evolution by natural selection. In this new HBO film we get a look into this fast-growing branch of Christians in America, who have a very hardline, literal and creationist view of the Bible. Through a selection of interview with Darwin historians, biographers, ministers and creationist Christians, along with letters and writings of Darwin,...

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ISIS: “Islamic” Extremism?

Radicalism in many forms has made significant inroads within several countries located around the world, in particular Iraq and Syria in the last few years. Such groups that pose a threat here are known as Muslim extremists, and they directly challenge the idea of Islam and are a threat to humanity in the areas which they dominate. In this journey Mojtaba Masood will be examining modern day extremism in an attempt to try and find out more about the driving forces found behind such terror groups...

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The Battle for British Islam

After the recent attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by fundamental islamic militants, which saw the execution of several employees and police officers, Panorama's John Ware set about investigating the current state of islamic relations within the United Kingdom. Asking the question, "why is it that some muslims feel justified in killing their fellow citizens in the name of...

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The Islamic State

This state has been established by a hardline Sunni jihadist group that emerged out of the Syrian civil war. Up until recently this group was known as ISIS but now they simply call themselves "The Islamic State" or "IS" for short. Their speed and efficiency in which they advanced from Syria into Iraq caught the world and those reporting on the middle east by complete surprise. They captured major cities and took control of large military equipment provided to the Iraq army by the Americans. Growing in numbers IS fighters have come from all over the world, all wanting to be part of the...

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From Jail to Jihad?

BBC's Panorama sets about investigating the growing trend of convicted criminals converting to Islam and the potential for these converts to become radical or fundamentalists. Within the last ten years the Muslin prison population in England and Wales has doubled to nearly 12,000 thats one in every seven. The prison service cant tell how many have converted inside or how many are adopting radical views, what is known though is that there is around 100 Islamist terrorists behind bars and around 500 more have been identified with links to extremist...

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Beyond

Beyond is a beautiful documentary by Cale Glendening featuring the photographer Joey L. and is set in Varanasi, India. They travel here with the purpose of completing Joey's photo series "Holy Men". This trip is carried out alongside a very important hindu festival where many Sadhu's will be gathered in one place. A Sadhu is a type of Hindu wondering monk, who has renounced all possessions and dedicated their life to spiritual liberation. Death is only considered to be a passing from this world of illusion and is not feared by these monk, they live a life that is dictated only by the mind...

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Stray From The Flock: Story Of A Black Atheist

Why are black people so religious? Why is being an Atheist seen as 'taboo' in the black community? Should the bible be taken literally? If I were to tell you that Black Americans wouldn't even be Christians had it not been forced on their ancestors by slave masters, what would you say to that? What's gonna happen to me when I die? These are some of the questions asked in, Stray From The Flock: Story Of A Black Atheist. Filmmaker Andre Oliver documents being the only Atheist in a Black Christian family, as well as the circumstances that lead to his non-belief and his family’s feelings...

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Search For Satan

Have you ever wondered how the concept of Satan got into our heads? Andy Hamilton, award-winning comedy writer and performer, explores different ideas of how Satan came to be and how he has evolved over time. Throughout history, in pretty well all religions, there has been an opposing force that has tried to force the good into temptation, deception or destruction. Satan, who can be referred to different names such as Lucifer or the devil, is well known as the tempter of humankind. Satan is who awaits you in hell if you have not proven yourself worthy of heaven. But has the devil always been...

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