At least some of the creative people who were involved in "The Miracle Maker" were also involved in Testament the Animated Bible." This is a series of nine animated half hour shows from the Old Testament. Each is done in a different style. Once again it is quite sophisticated. I recommend it for adults, but perhaps not for younger children.
Amazon prime also has many episodes of the classic children's religious program, "Gumby." "Gumby" was originally put out by the Lutherns and teaches various good values that many religious traditions and people without a religion hold in common.
There are many other children's religious series, including a number of programs on the saints. I do not have children so I have not checked them out too carefully. Nevertheless, there are a lot of possibilities. I would be interested in learning other people's reactions.
"Moses the Lawgiver" staring Burt Landcaster is another major Biblical mini-series free on Amazon Prime.
Sidney Poiter won the best actor Oscar for "The Lilies of the Field", which tells the story of a man who builds a chapel for a group of nuns. This is a classic.
"Becket" is included. It was nominated for the Best Picture and Actor Oscars. Becket was a bishop who was matyred by an English King.
"The Agony and the Ecstasy," which is abou Michelangelo and the painting of the Sistine Chapel is also included. It was nominated for many Oscars.
These are only three of the many major religious films from that era, so this is perhaps a little disappointing.
Prime has "Molokai," the story of Father Damien's work with the leapers in Hawaii.
They also have "Entertaining Angels: the Dorthy Day Story." This one stars Martin Sheen, a major actor.
Still another Catholic hero is the martyr Archbishop Romero of El Salvador.
If the Amazon Prime episodes are not enough for you there are more episodes available on "CBS All Access" But many episodes are also missing from "CBS All Access." You can sign up for "CBS All Access" through Amazon Prime. This means that you can sign up for one or more months and watch the extra episodes that Amazon Prime does not offer. You will not need to give anyone your credit card number because you will pay through Amazon, and they already have your number.
To get all the episodes you will have order the DVDs. Amazon offers the whole series for 63 dollars. This is for slightly more than 200 episodes. You will pay about 30 cents per episode. This also has the advantage that you can watch and rewatch them when you want to and perhaps lend them to friends and family. Amazon Prime offers a couple of other famous televison series with religion and traditional values. In the religion category there is "Seventh Heaven," and "Highway to Heaven".
For traditional values Amazon Prime has "The Waltons," "Father Knows Best," "Leave it to Beaver" and many other early TV shows from the 50s and the early 60s, an era when TV dads were not always wrong.
If your library does not have important religious movies you might want to suggest they buy them or even buy them yourself and give them to the library. Before you buy them, however, check to see if they want to add the title to the collection. The normal thing to do with a donation is to sell it at a library book sale. So check with the librarians before you buy. Building the public libraries religious collection can be a very cost effective way to evangelize. I have several web pages on evangelization through public libraries.
As a huge portion of the population, perhaps more than half, gets Amazon Prime for the shipping and many other services, it strikes me as important that we explore what Prime has to offer Catholics and other people of faith. This can be another form of evanglization.
Netflix is currently adding new episodes of Veggie Tales, I am not sure about the old episodes. Netflix also has "A Prince of Egypt." I am planning to try out Netflix fairly soon. I will be able to say more when I see that.
However, I am not too hopeful. There is at least one website that tells you where you can stream movies and TV, Just Watch dot com. This service is provided by Yahoo. Using this site I have found that most of the key movies are not offered on any of the subscription services. They can usually be rented for three or sometimes four dollars. The service will not include Amazon as a source for many of these movies but I just checked and found that they are available on Amazon. It maybe that Amazon has recently done this deal and the site is just a little behind. At any rate if you prefer not to give out your credit card number to many sites, check Amazon to see if they rent the title there before you go to the other sites.
Last Updated June 10, 2010
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