Religions of the World

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  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • 5.9  (48)

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley, this series objectively documents religions worldwide with interviews from experts. Travel to exotic locations around the world and see how such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism have shaped cultures, changed history and left their mark on humanity.

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Skepticism and Religious Relativism
13. Skepticism and Religious Relativism
September 7, 2004
Examine the role of philosophy and science in the universal quest to understand the "cosmic order" or purpose to life, and survey major Western thinkers, beginning with the Greek philosophers, Socrates and Plato. Discover how their ideas and questions about morality became the roots of skepticism and religious relativism, and later led to scientific work by Aristotle and Copernicus.
Native American Spirituality
12. Native American Spirituality
September 7, 2004
Through archival footage, artifacts and interviews, viewers will gain a broad understanding of Native American spirituality featuring Aztec and Maya religions as well as that of Eskimos and Iroquois. Discover traditions with an ancient history that dates as far back as 9,000 B.C.E. and the way changing cultural circumstances have altered the religious lives of these people.
African and African American Religions
11. African and African American Religions
September 7, 2004
Learn about the cultural diversity of Africa through its many religions -- traditional and neo-traditional African, Christianity and Islam. See how shared elements of various customs serve as unifying threads across tribes, centuries and even continents. Observe the strong traces of African religious spirituality that exist today in cultures, which have survived slavery.
Ancient Religions of the Mediterranean
10. Ancient Religions of the Mediterranean
September 7, 2004
As the world's largest sea, the Mediterranean has nourished various civilizations for centuries. Trace the spiritual history of the Mediterranean Basin, examining the ancient cultures that have greatly influenced the religions of the modern world. From Mesopotamia and Egypt to the empires of Greece and Rome, discover the mythologies, gods and rituals that played an important role.
Religions of Small Societies
9. Religions of Small Societies
September 7, 2004
Examine the religious rituals and myths of the many small groups of indigenous people living around the world. From the Ainu of northern Japan to the Indians of North America, discover common beliefs and practices that bind these societies on a spiritual level. Learn how these small societies have maintained their cultural identities while fighting off the encroachment of Western ideology.
Confucianism and Taoism
8. Confucianism and Taoism
September 7, 2004
While the major religions of the Western world affirm a belief in a single God, Confucianism and Taoism focus inward on human behavior and thought. Learn how the philosophy and doctrine of Confucius has impacted Chinese culture. Enter the world once shrouded in secrecy as the rituals of Taoism are explained.
Shinto
7. Shinto
September 7, 2004
Explore the rituals and ceremonies of Japan's Shinto through interviews, archival and on-location footage. Shinto or "the way of the Kami" which loosely translated, means "god" or "the sacred" is rooted in mythology and folk rituals that are passed through the generations, yet unique in having no congressional worship, founder, or organizing doctrine.
Buddhism
6. Buddhism
September 7, 2004
Discover the history behind the philosophy that has led millions of followers on a quest for spiritual enlightenment. Through the epic story of Siddhartha Gotama, learn why Buddhists believe the key to "Nirvana" lies within themselves, accessible through thoughtful meditation and prayer.
Hinduism
5. Hinduism
September 7, 2004
Learn how and why Hinduism has survived to be one of the oldest and largest world religions with nearly one billion followers located mostly in India. Hinduism encompasses wide practices and traditions largely due to its great capacity to integrate the new with the old.
Islam
4. Islam
September 7, 2004
Islam is one of the great monotheistic world religions practiced today. Discover the Islamic culture through the daily life and rituals of Muslims around the world. Viewers will learn about Islam's history -- from its inception in the seventh century, to the rise of the Ottoman Empire between the ninth and 12th centuries and to the present.
Protestant Christianity
3. Protestant Christianity
September 7, 2004
Political, religious and social events of 16th-century Europe changed the course of history. These factors sparked the birth of Protestant Christianity, whose new doctrines were formulated in reaction to the Roman Catholic Church. Viewers will explore the many denominations that developed over the centuries, including Baptists, Calvinists, Mennonites, Presbyterians, Puritans and Quakers.
Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity
2. Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity
September 7, 2004
From the public ministry of Jesus to the legendary battles of the Crusades, examine the interwoven histories of these two distinct branches of Christianity. Although its followers were long persecuted by the Roman Empire, Christianity spread throughout the Mediterranean region and eventually became the favored religion of the Empire, following the ascension of Constantine to the Roman throne
Judaism
1. Judaism
September 7, 2004
One of the world's oldest surviving religions, Judaism is both a theology and a way of life for over 12 million followers in the world today. The first religion to be founded upon the principle of monotheism, Judaism has survived despite persecution against its people throughout the ages.
Description

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley, this series objectively documents religions worldwide with interviews from experts. Travel to exotic locations around the world and see how such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism have shaped cultures, changed history and left their mark on humanity.

Religions of the World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on September 7, 2004.

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Religions of the World is available for streaming on the Multicom Entertainment Group website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Religions of the World on demand at Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 7, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (48)