An ambitious production filmed in 14 countries with over 1,000 actors. EWTN's original series charts the monumental impact the Catholic Church has had on Western Civilization throughout history.
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A CATHOLIC WORLD
Experience the defining moments in Church history where the absolute truths of our Catholic faith revolutionized daily life in the fields of food production, architecture, science and more.
A look at the life of Martin Luther, the priest, monk and revolutionary figure, whose controversial teachings threatened the papal authority of the Catholic Church in the early 16th century.
POLEMICS AND THEOLOGY
EWTN’s groundbreaking series examines the divisive impact of Martin Luther’s polemics and extremist theology against the Catholic Church, the Pope’s attempt to reconcile him, and ultimately his decision to excommunicate.
DISAGREEMENT AND CHAOS
After breaking with the Catholic Church, the Protestant movement soon begins to fracture over disagreements on basic theology and the Bible itself, leading to armed conflict and persecution.
A CHRISTIAN STATE OR STATE CHRISTIANITY?
EWTN’s epic series continues with the rise of state churches in countries like Germany and Switzerland, where Magisterial Protestantism blurs the lines between secular and religious authority.
JOHN CALVIN AND THE WARS OF RELIGION
Calvin’s controversial impact on the Protestant Reformation, and the divisive role of Calvinist preachers in the Wars of Religion. See how the faithful rallied in opposition and worked fervently to bring many back to Catholicism.
HENRY VIII AND HIS STATE CHURCH
The Church in England, previously aligned with Rome, becomes the latest casualty of the “Reformation,” as St. Thomas More defends the Catholic faith against King Henry VIII at the cost of his own life.
THE DISSOLUTION OF THE MONASTERIES
As King Henry VIII sinks into tyranny, he eliminates the last obstacle to his state Church, the monasteries, seizing their lands and wealth, and putting down the rebellion known as the Pilgrimage of Grace.
THE COUNCIL OF TRENT
Amid a complex political backdrop, the Church convenes the Council of Trent. Principles espoused in its canons and decrees slow the Protestant momentum and allow Catholicism to become a truly global religion.
FROM THE WESTERN RISING TO ELIZABETH I
Turmoil follows the death of King Henry VIII as the Archbishop of Canterbury imposes radical new reforms. Catholicism is restored under Mary, Queen of Scots, but upon her beheading for cause of treason, the Church of England is re-established.
THE CATHOLIC REFORMATION
The Catholic response to the Protestant Reformation brings out true Reformers, loyal to the Holy Mother Church, especially the Jesuits whose effectiveness helps reconvert whole territories back to the faith.
FROM THE "REFORMATION" TO THE MODERN WORLD
This landmark series ends with the Reformation’s impact on events throughout history, like the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the secularizing of the Western World, reaching a stunning conclusion.