Spotlight: Battle of the Bishops

Spotlight: Battle of the Bishops

This access-driven documentary travels to America, Jerusalem and to Nigeria to reveal what lies behind a religious phenomena that threatens to break up one of the world's most powerful churches: Peter Akinola, an ordained openly gay priest, and his followers.
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They call him "The New Martin Luther" and "The African Hammer of God. "  Gay Christians the world over fear the blows of his rhetoric. Western Church leaders fear the growing army of Archbishops, Bishops and worshippers who are flocking to the phenomena that is Akinola, Archbishop of Nigeria.

They've convened a rival summit to challenge head on the power of the worldwide Anglican Church. In the name of Truth he has summoned his followers to Jerusalem.

Over four weeks this Summer we will learn if Peter Akinola and his followers are the real deal.

This access-driven documentary travels to America, Jerusalem and to Nigeria to reveal what lies behind a phenomena that threatens to break up one of the world's most powerful churches.

The 77 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion has been riven by division since its American branch ordained an openly gay priest as a Bishop. Caught up in a worldwide battle for souls hardliners see this as undermining God's Word and weakening Christianity.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the fault line of faith that is Nigeria and the 200 miles of territory that divides the Muslim North from the Christian South. It is no surprise that it is from here that a hero has arisen to unite disaffected Anglicans across the world, outraged by the ordination of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex unions. The Hammer of God, Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola.

 

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About Spotlight


Spotlight is a Link TV weekly presentation of investigative reports from around the world. Commentary is provided by prominent authors and journalists. This episode is hosted by Lakshmi Chaudhry, who has been a reporter and editor for independent publications, including Mother Jones and AlterNet, for over six years. She is currently a senior editor at In These Times.

 

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