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Religious Belief: December on AETN Plus/World

Posted on 05 Dec 2011

This December, AETN Plus/World offers a compelling assortment of documentaries which explore a phenomenon as old as humanity itself.

"Independent Lens: The Calling" - Airs in two parts: Mondays Dec. 5 and 12, at 6 p.m.
It takes a true calling to make faith a way of life. The Calling is a four-hour documentary series that follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must uphold timeless truths in an era that values quick fixes and hot trends, and face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission.

"God in America" - Airs in three parts: Tuesdays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. each night.
How has religious belief shaped American history? What role have religious ideas and spiritual experience played in shaping the social, political, and cultural life of what has become the world’s most religiously diverse nation? God in America, a presentation of American Experience and Frontline explores the historical role of religion in the public life of the United States. The six-hour series interweaves documentary footage, historical dramatization and interviews with religious historians.

"Jews & Christians: A Journey of Faith" - Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
"Jews & Christians" is a groundbreaking two–hour special that explores the common beliefs and rituals of two of the world’s most important religions. It also exposes the historical conflicts between Judaism and Christianity, making an impassioned argument for tolerance through increased understanding and the destruction of outdated stereotypes.

"Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" - Monday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m.
The history and principles of Islam are intrinsically linked with the world’s two other major religions, Judaism and Christianity. "Three Faiths, One God" examines the religious beliefs and practices shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims to illustrate how many individuals in the Abrahamic faith communities are dealing with historical conflicts, yet remain dedicated to facilitating understanding and respect.

"Beyond Theology: American Pluralism" (Part 4) - Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m.
"Beyond Theology" addresses topics related to contemporary spiritual belief, values and emerging world views. Throughout the series, noted scholars and theologians provide their thoughts, insights and analysis about religion and spirituality. Ten half-hour episodes explore the history and development of the separation of church and state, notions of divinity, reconciling evolutionary theory and the Bible, the challenges confronting humanity, and the changing representations of God.

"Renewal" - Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
"Renewal" is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today's religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.

For a full list of programming, please visit the AETN schedule. 


“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas.” 


“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas.” 


Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.


Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!


PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!