Friday, December 31, 2010

The Church of Mary Tudor

Eamon Duffy, D. M. Loades - The church of Mary Tudor
Publisher: Ashgate | 2006 | ISBN: 0754630706 | PDF | 348 pages | 1.11 MB

The reign of Queen Mary is popularly remembered largely for her re-introduction of Catholicism into England, and especially for the persecution of Protestants, memorably described in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments. Mary's brief reign has often been treated as an aberrant interruption of England's march to triumphant Protestantism, a period of political sterility, foreign influence and religious repression rightly eclipsed by the happier reign of her more sympathetic half-sister, Elizabeth. In pursuit of a more balanced assessment of Mary's religious policies, this volume explores the theology, pastoral practice and ecclesiastical administration of the Church in England during her reign. Focusing on the neglected Catholic renaissance which she ushered in, the book traces its influences and emphases, its methods and its rationales - together the role of Philip's Spanish clergy and native English Catholics - in relation to the wider influence of the continental Counter Reformation and Mary's humanist learning. Measuring these issues against the reintroduction of papal authority into England, and the balance between persuasion and coercion used by the authorities to restore Catholic worship, the volume offers a more nuanced and balanced view of Mary's religious policies. Addressing such intriguing and under-researched matters from a variety of literary, political and theological perspectives, the essays in this volume cast new light, not only on Marian Catholicism, but also on the wider European religious picture.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010


Short Description (by yours truly):

Misleading title. Three men claiming to be Jesus Christ. Whackjobs in short. This episode (like most of the national geographic stuff I post) is simply for educational purposes.

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Meet three men who believe the Second Coming has already occurred and that they walk the Earth as the Messiah. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in the Philippines, claims to have built a worldwide following of six million. Sergei Torop, a former Russian traffic policeman, is believed by thousands to be the literal reincarnation of Jesus of Nazareth. Then, David Shayler, a former British MI5 agent and whistle-blower, claims to be the Jesus soul incarnated as man.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Also known as the Spear of Destiny, this pre-eminent Christian relic is believed by some to be the actual spear used to confirm the death of Christ on the cross. Today, it resides in Vienna’s Kunsthistoriches Museum, but the story of its journey to this final resting place is one of power and glory and greed, as history’s most infamous leaders – including Napoleon and Hitler – sought to wield its alleged supernatural power in their bids to conquer the world. Whatever one believes about the Spear, there can be no doubt that the desire to poses this relic has helped to shape the destiny of mankind.

When Christ was crucified 2,000 years ago a Roman guard thrust a spear in his side to see if he was still alive. In that moment a central tenet of Christian faith was realised: Jesus was dead, he was thus able to be resurrected. In that moment the spear that pierced him became a powerful holy relic. What happened to the Spear thereafter is a heady mix of myth, half truth and fact. To confuse matters further, today there are three Spears claiming to be the Holy Spear. Legend of the Holy Spear follows two investigators attempting to discover if any of them could have been present at the crucifixion. Scrutinizing each spear and closely analysing the stories and legends behind them, the film reveals astonishing clues as to their provenance.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Jesus, You Know (2003)

The film focuses on six Catholic individuals who bare their souls, praying very personally with Jesus. These subjects talk candidly about matters such as jealousy, revenge fantasies, hero worship, love and desire.

Audio is German, with English Subtitles (Hardsubs).

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The Pillars of the Earth is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against the backdrop, love-stories entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, the sadistic Lord William, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone work and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age. Follett masterfully weaves these stories through political turmoil of 12th century England, creating a relevant and viable world for today’s audience and for generations to come.

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The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism

  • Author: Richard P. McBrien
  • Publisher: Publisher (2008)
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 534
  • ISBN-10: 0061721999
  • ISBN-13: 9780061721991
  • Format: PDF
From the struggles of the very first Christians to the challenges and scandals of today, the Catholic Church has wrestled with how to organize itself, express its beliefs, and nurture its members. The Church has grown from a handful of disciples in the first century to over one billion members in the twenty-first, resulting in profound changes that demand a theological response. In this sweeping history, renowned scholar Richard McBrien reveals the evolution of the Church's relationship to the divine, its leadership of the faithful, and its role as a global religion. The Church answers the questions raised by this extraordinary history, including:

  • Where did the idea of the pope's infallibility come from?
  • Why are priests celibate and women barred from the priesthood?
  • What inspired the Inquisition?
  • What was the position of the Catholic Church on Hitler's policies in World War II?
  • What is the Church's relationship to Islam?
  • How will the growth of the Church in South America, Africa, and Asia shape its future?

McBrien helps the reader understand the evolution of the Catholic Church's understanding of itself through the centuries, its leadership, and its relationship to national governments and world religions. From Jesus's apostle Peter to Pope Benedict XVI, The Church explains in layperson's terms the evolution of the Catholic Church, its power, its scope, its theology, and its influence.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion

The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion

Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc. | ISBN: 078616025X | 2006 | Mp3 & PDF | 96kbps | 282MB

In this startling new book, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, provides a warts-and-all portrait of the Prophet of Islam and draws out what his life implies for reforming Islam and repulsing Islamic terrorists. Spencer relies solely on primary sources considered reliable by Muslims and evaluates modern biographies to show how Muhammad has been changed for Western audiences, lulling them into consoling but false conclusions.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

National Geographic: Riddles of the Bible (Series 1 & 2) [SD]

Today, biblical archaeologists and religious scholars rub shoulders with geologists, forensic astronomers, meteorologists, biologists, physicists, seismologists and volcanologists. This three-part series scours the globe for the most elusive and controversial goal in biblical research: to find out whether or not the stories of the Bible are based on real events.

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Series 1 Part 1 - Noah (700MB):

Series 1 Part 2 - Cain and Abel (701MB):

Series 1 Part 3 - Exodus Revealed (700MB):

Series 1 Part 4 - Secrets of Revelation (700MB):

Series 2

Series 2 Part 1 - Dead Sea Scrolls (701 MB):

Series 2 Part 2 - Lost Cities (700MB):

Series 2 Part 3 - Kings of Israel (700MB):

Series 2 Part 4 - Hunt for the Ark of the Covenant (700MB):

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Churches: How to read them COMPLETE (BBC Four) [HD]

Presenter Richard Taylor explains how churches were originally simple buildings intended to protect the altar and the most important Christian rite of all, the Eucharist. He visits Britain's finest early medieval churches to untangle the mystery of why the Anglo-Saxons and Normans seem to have been unwilling to shake off their pre-Christian past and to have continued to fill their sacred buildings with mysterious pagan images. An ancient book in an Oxford library helps Richard find an answer.

Note: These are very well seeded. By the time I started them and finished posting this post, I had completed all of them. Get em' while they're hot!

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Part 1 - Dark Beginnings (337.5MB):

Part 2 - Medieval Life (334.5MB):

Part 3 - Medieval Death (334.8MB):

Part 4 - Reformation Chaos and Creation (337.6MB):

Part 5 - Restoration and Reason (337.4MB):

Part 6 - The Victorians and After (337.2MB):