Season 1, Episode 1
World's Largest Cathedral & Salem Witch Trials
The world's largest Cathedral, St John the Divine in New York City is a majestic house of worship that inspires many. While it is still unfinished, it is filled with intriguing images that leave some visitors mystified - including sculptures from the 1980s that seem to foretell the destructive events of 9/11. According to Senior Cathedral Guide, Tom Fedorek, the key to these apocalyptic images is Cathedral namesake, St. John -- author of the last troubling book in the Bible, Revelation. The First Church in Salem, Massachusetts, is home to one of the most sinister chapters in American history, the Salem Witch Trials. Current Pastor Jeffrey Barz-Snell and author Nancy Schulz reveal how in the 1690s, this Puritan community's zeal for righteous living ends up convicting and executing 20 innocent residents on charges of witchcraft. Traveling to the Grand Mosque of Paris, we discover how this exquisite Muslim sanctuary secretly protected Jewish citizens from Nazi terror, when German forces occupied France during World War II. Author Robert Satloff reveals details of this still little-known story. In the United States, we learn of the rise of one of America's flashiest churches, the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, California. We also get the behind the scenes story of its astonishingly quick fall into bankruptcy from the grandson of church founder, Bobby Schuller, and discover the Catholic Church's plans for the Cathedral from Father Christopher Smith. Finally, we delve into a mysterious story at Boston's iconic Old North Church. 20 years before Paul Revere had lanterns hung in its steeple, granting the Church a place in America's history books, another man of mystery, John Childs, leapt from the church steeple - to fly!
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