Those of you interested in the question of the existence of God, the role of morality and religion in society, or the intellectual history of these questions will want to tune into PBS tonight. Running tonight from 9-11 PM (with the second part on the 22nd) on most stations will be The Question of God:
a four-hour series on PBS, explores in accessible and dramatic style issues that preoccupy all thinking people today: What is happiness? How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death? Based on a popular Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, author of The Question of God, the series illustrates the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud, a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis, a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century’s most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason.
The series, directed by Catherine Tatge, is outgrowth of Dr. Nicholi’s book The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life but the documentary program is a multimedia presentation:
Through dramatic storytelling and compelling visual re-creations, as well as interviews with biographers and historians, and lively discussion, Freud and Lewis are brought together in a great debate. The important moments and emotional turning points in the lives of Freud and Lewis — which gave rise to such starkly different ideas — fuel an intelligent and moving contemporary examination of the ultimate question of human existence: Does God really exist?
I haven’t read the book but have heard great things about it. The advance screening copy of the program I watched last night was thought provoking and entertaining. No matter what side of the debate you see yourself on, I think you will find the program stimulating and educational. I plan on tuning in tonight and next week.