People of Faith: Christianity in America

People of Faith: Christianity in America, a 6-part DVD documentary series, takes a look at key themes, controversies, and personages in the history of the American Church.


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 4 stars:  "...a balanced and informative look at an important aspect of American history and culture over the centuries, this is highly recommended."  --Video Librarian magazine (July/Aug. 2012)


At over three hours in total length, People of Faith is aimed particularly at church-based adult education classes and small groups in an effort to promote both general knowledge about Church History and discussion about the historic, contemporary and future role of the Church in American culture and society. 

Is America now or has it ever been a Christian Nation? What is the meaning of separation of church and state? How can the church be a faithful Gospel witness in a pluralistic society? What will the church look like in the future?

Survey the history of Christianity in the United States from before the Pilgrims to the present in this stunning DVD series. You’ll gain valuable perspective on the people and ideas that shaped America and see how it came to be the first nation in history based upon the ideal of religious liberty.

The six programs include:

  • “Faith in the New World: From Monarchs to the Marketplace” (a basic historical overview)
  • “Many Mansions” (a look at the diversity within American Christianity)
  • “Rebels With a Cause” (a look at some of the ways in which the Church has been involved in social and political reform and disputes)
  • “The Challenges of Change” (the role of innovation in shaping the historic and contemporary Church)
  • “Homegrown Saints” (stories of ten important and representative figures in the sweep of American Church History)
  • “The Future of Faith” (A discussion of current issues and future directions)

Made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the series features interviews with over thirty scholars and church figures, including such luminaries as Mark Noll, Martin Marty, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and R. Laurence Moore. The series was written by veteran author Steve Rabey and has been crafted by producer/director Tim Frakes with assistance from documentarian Paul Butler.

People of Faith is for sale, complete with study guides and support materials, and is available from Vision Video, the largest video distributor to the church market. For more information, or to purchase the DVD or .mp4, visit Vision Video >>

Interview with the ISAE's Larry Eskridge about People of Faith at Lilly Endowment's "Resourcing Christianity" >>

People of Faith Series Featured in Christian History Magazine

Christian History coverThe issue of Christian History magazine (#102) features articles reflecting the ISAE’s 6-part People of Faith video series on the history of Christianity in America. Articles from scholars Catherine A. Breckus (U. of Chicago Divinity School), Gary Scott Smith (Grove City College), Angela Tarángo (Trinity University), and Chris Armstrong (Bethel University) frame two of the major themes of the video series, America’s Christian diversity and the Church’s social impact. Additional features include roundtable forum discussions on each of these themes featuring such people as Scott Appleby (Notre Dame), Martin Marty (Chicago), Jennifer Graber (College of Wooster), and Randall Balmer (Barnard College), as well as historical timelines and resources for further reading. Edited by Chris Armstrong and Jennifer Woodruff Tait (Huntington University), this issue of Christian History is an ideal tool not only for personal enrichment but will serve as a valuable resource for congregations, home study groups, and for the high school and college classroom.

View the issue online >> 

For copies of the magazine for individual or group study contact either the Christian History Institute at 1-800-468-0458.


Winner of the 2013 "Silver Remi" award for best documentary in Religion, Ethics, and Spirituality at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival >> 

Winner of the 2012 "Bronze Crown" award for "Best Series" from International Christian Visual Media >>

Winner of the 2012 "Bronze Crown" award for "Best Documentary Over $50,000" from International Christian Visual Media >>


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This project was funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment >>

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