Tuesday, September 14, 2004

PBS to air The Question of God tomorrow night

Recently I was blessed to be able to see an advanced screening of the upcoming PBS special called The Question of God that will air tomorrow night on PBS stations. The show will air Wed, Sept 15, 9-11 p.m. and next week Wed, Sept 22, 9-11 p.m.

As someone who has studied psychology and apologetics pretty extensively I was very impressed with the balance of the program. The program contrasts the lives of two of the most influential men in recent history...Sigmund Freud and Clive Staples Lewis.

Freud is famous for being the Founder of psychoanalytical theory, as well as being an atheist who believed that man created god because we needed a fantasy parent. As I viewed this pre-released copy of The Question of God and I saw how he lived his life in arrogance, and how he died in arrogance, it made me wonder why anyone would want to follow anything this man thought up. The program does a great job of showing the stark contrast between Freud's rejection of God and C.S. Lewis' acceptance of a Creator.

Lewis is best known as an author of great apologetic books like Mere Christianity and Christian allegory like The Chronicles of Narnia . Lewis has also authored a great book called A Grief Observed which chronicles his own grief after the death of his wife.

The series is based upon a book by Dr. Armand Nicholi, psychiatrist and Harvard professor who wrote the book called The Question of God. The book as well as this documentary aims to focus on the big questions in life concerning God. Questions like: Why believe in God? Where do we get our ideas of right and wrong? How do we understand and cope with suffering? What is the meaning of death?

Aside from the biographical information in the documentary one of the strongest points to the show is that list of experts who are shown discussing these issues with one another. It was interesting to hear former Christian and now self proclaimed skeptic, Michael Shermer, discuss issues about God and morality, with others who profess a faith in God.

The documentary is a must see for everyone who cares about conflicting worldviews. I recommend it for psychology programs, apologetics and philosophy classes and anyone who just wants a great program that will help you get beneath the normal fluff in our society.This is a show that will make you think and lead to some great discussions on the ideas of the past and how they infect our present and also help you think about your future.

I would also like to thank Grace Hill Media for allowing me to view a screening of The Question of God. Grace Hill is on the cutting edge using bloggers to help get the message out, and I'm honored they considered E-Involved worthy of such trust.

Now go - and set your VCR's for tomorrow night and watch the movie! And you can also order a copy of the video on the PBS website.
© Stacy L. Harp, Editor E-Involved, 2004


Blogger lloydletta said...

CS Lewis is a wonderful writer - and the way he shared his faith in his fiction was brilliant....

I especially like That Hideous Strength.

Lewis has an imagination that most of the televangelist crew - what I think of as fast food christianity - totally miss.

September 17, 2004 at 5:08 PM  

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