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OSF Library Video Collection
A man for all seasons (DVD)
Chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More, is placed in a difficult position when Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church over its refusal to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Henry demands More's endorsement of this act. Torn between his conscience and duty to the crown, Sir Thomas chooses to say nothing.
Secret files of the Inquisition - PBS DVD
Contents: Root our heretics -- Tears of Spain -- War on ideas -- End of Inquisition. For centuries the historical records of the Inquisition have been locked away to become the subject of legend. In 1998 the Vatican opened these archives for the first time.
Heresy, War and the Black Death: Christianity in the 13 and 14th Centuries - Bravo DVD
Call Number: Volume 4; Part 7
Heresy, war, and the Black Death. This program concerns constructing cathedrals and stamping out heresy. Buildings of unprecedented grandeur exemplified the power and influence of the Church in Europe, as did the systematic destruction of the heretic Cathars. Later, it covers King Philip IV of France's defiance of Church authority and the Black Death.
Martin Luther [videorecording] / produced by RD-DR Corporation in collaboration with Lutheran Church Productions and Luther Film G.M.B.H. ; produced by Lothar Wolff ; directed by Irving Pichel.
Based on the life of the 16th century monk who defied excommunication and the stake in his demand for religious reform, this film was produced on location in the towns, castles, and churches of West Germany. Luther fought against the sale of indulgences. He demanded that the church of his day be cleansed of secular abuse and that the aiuthority for doctrine and practice be scripture rather than Popes or Council. To bring up the abuse of the indulgences for debate, he nailed 95 points of argument on the church door. This argument split the Roman Catholic Church and The Holy Roman Empire. Labeled a heretic, Luther was excommunicated by the Pope and banished and condemned by the Empire. Luther's beliefs gave birth to an evangelical movement that quickly spread throughout Europe and the World.
Galileo [DVD] / the Ely Landu Orgainzation, Inc and Cinevision Lee present the American Film Theatre ; a film by Joseph Losey.
A bio-pic is about Galileo, the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun. This brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.