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Sioux Falls Atheists recommends the following documentaries on heroic Christian behavior. In keeping with its philosophy that good people are good people regardless of their religious beliefs the Sioux Falls Atheists endorse these movies. There are heroic people here who often gave their lives to doing the right thing regardless of personal risk.

The movies are all available from Amazon.com but you are free to obtain them from many other sources. Amazon offers them on their website along with many alternate sources, often less expensive. Many are probably also available on NetFlix.com and elsewhere for on-line viewing. You are free to choose whatever source you please. The movie links on the following pages point to the movie location at Amazon.

The Sioux Falls Atheists endorse the 8 Christian Heroes documentaries and 3 movies as described on the following 11 pages:

10-29-17 The young man who shook the Catholic Church to its core
Five hundred years ago, a young German monk began the Protestant Reformation, shattering the authority of the Catholic Church. Centuries later, there are signs that the churches have put aside their differences. In an early scene from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet's mother Gertrude begs him not travel to Wittenberg. She believes that her son's studies in a provincial German town on the banks of the River Elbe may be a threat to their security and the Catholicism of his upbringing. She had good reason to be worried. For that is precisely what happened when a monk called Martin Luther engaged in the concentrated study of scripture at the University of Wittenberg. It would lead him to some Biblical beliefs - particularly the doctrine of justification by faith alone - that would transform Luther's understanding of church, God and eternal life. It would also result in him hammering 95 theses - arguments and objections - to the doors of the Schlosskirche, or University church. With each blow, the authority and stability of the Catholic Church was challenged as never before. "He wanted to rediscover Christ," says Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Germany's most senior Protestant bishop, "and he fought against certain practices of the Church of his time." "And since it was not possible to agree upon these things and to find a way forward to reform the Church, he started something new. And many people went with him," adds the bishop. The anniversary of Luther's protest will be marked in Wittenberg on 31 October, 500 years after he hammered on the University church's doors.

11-25-17 Luther’s legacy: Did a religious revolt create science?
A rebel monk's challenge to the Catholic church's teaching 500 years ago fired Europe with radical thinking. Did it spark the scientific revolution? “I CANNOT and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise. Here I stand, may God help me.” There is something thrilling about how the rebel monk Martin Luther defied his accusers. According to his supporters, he uttered these eloquent words of defence in 1521 before the Diet of Worms, a papal council, when his liberty and possibly his life were on the line. It was four years earlier, on 31 October 1517, now almost exactly 500 years ago, that tradition says he nailed his “95 theses” decrying the practices of the Roman Catholic church to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg in present-day Germany, and so kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. Popular history says that Luther showed more guts than Galileo a century later, when the Catholic Inquisition insisted he deny that Earth moves around the sun. Elderly and cowed by the veiled threat of torture, Galileo did what the cardinals said. A muttered “and still it moves” was said to be his only, almost certainly apocryphal, dissent. Some historians directly link these two challenges to Rome’s authority: Luther’s theological revolution and the ensuing scientific one. Luther opened the intellectual floodgates, the story goes, pitting open, forward-thinking Protestantism against conservative, anti-science Catholic dogma. The Enlightenment took root in the northern European countries that embraced Lutheran ideas, while the south languished under the Catholic yoke. It took the Roman Catholic church until 1992 to formally declare Galileo right. It’s an appealing story. But is it true? (Webmaster's comment: No it is not! Arabs first used the scientific method in the 10th century! But Luther was a courageous man nonetheless. He broke the way for open minded thinking during an age of religious persecution with torture and burning at the stake as punishment for thinking differently.)

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Christian Heroes Movies
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