DVDs and Videos
The Origins of our World
This video was produced as a result of several fundamental questions being asked by teenagers preparing for the sacrament of confirmation. It is the first in a series of videos which would hope to provide the building blocks that present a synthetic vision of the Christian faith in our scientific world.
The first programme entitled “Is There A God?” looks at the scientific date of the world around. This data shows us that the universe is a continuous whole with laws which govern it. If we are able to discover the laws which give order to our world then there must be a Supreme Mind that created and gave order to creation. That same Mind must also have a purpose for creation, keeping it all together and knowing its final end. That Mind, we would suggest is that of God who is also the Supreme Scientist. God’s purpose in creating is that we should exist and be able to enjoy directly the wonder of creation and share personally in the love of God himself! (running time 25 mins. Approx.)
The second programme “Human Beings: Body and Soul” illustrates that one of the greatest differences between us and the other animals is the way that we control our world, and communicate abstract ideas about it. We also examine the fact of our unique activities – of education, law making, nursing and money. All these activities suggest that we are self-conscious beings, aware of our present and of future possibilities, but that we desire something more than the things of the material world. Such desire is expressed in music, philosophy and art, because we yearn to be loved unconditionally by God in whose image and likeness we are made. We see how we are unique in creation, because we are made body and soul and we are therefore made for God. (running time 38 mins approx.)
The Disaster which is Sin
We live in an age of technological brilliance, an age that has sent men to the moon and dramatically reduced disease, illustrating our mastery of the world. We also live in an age that produced the phrase “man’s inhumanity to man” as a result of the continuing ward and conflicts across the world. We see the break up of marriage and family life, increased use of drugs and alcohol as well as massive social injustices across continents with millions living on less that $2 a day. Such observations beg the question, “Why is there so much evil in the world?”
It is precisely this question that requires us to look at the Christian Doctrine of Original Sin. This programme shows how God created our first parents with the dignity of free will. Such freedom made it possible for Adam and Eve to reject God’s love, but this rejection has impacted both upon the human person and upon the material creation. The programme explores how we all inherit Original Sin and how it affects us personally in our impulses and desires. It shows how sin affects our relationships with one another and the environment. We also see how sin has clouded our intellect, making it difficult to understand our world and causing many people to doubt the reality of God and His love for us.
The programme ends by introducing the theme of God’s plan to restore humanity, and how salvation history also becomes the history of redemption in and through the person of Jesus Christ. (Running time 35 mins. Approx.)
This is the third programme in the series “Reasons to Believe: Fundamentals of the Christian Faith”. It was produced as a result of several fundamental questions being asked by teenagers preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. It is hoped that the series of video programmes will provide the building blocks that present a coherent vision of the Christian faith in our scientific world.