Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen? What happens when we die?
These are questions that everyone has asked themselves during at least one part of our existence. Each of us may have our own different answers.
On Sunday, April 3, 2016, National Geographic Channel will be releasing a series entitled, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman. Freeman produces the series. Lori McCreary and James Younger will take viewers on a world-wide trip exploring various cultures and religions in order to uncover the meaning of life, God, and all of the intriguing questions in the middle.
The Story of God will air globally in 171 countries in 45 languages including Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.
The series seeks to understand the evolution of religion throughout civilization, and how religion has shaped society. We often see religion as dividing people. However, the series is said to illuminate the similarities among various faiths- even those that are seemingly contrasting.
“Over the past few months, I’ve traveled to nearly 20 cities in seven different countries on a personal journey to find answers to the big mysteries of faith,” said Freeman. “I’ve sung the call to prayer at a mosque in Cairo, taken meditation lessons from the Buddhist leader of the oldest line of reincarnating Lamas, discussed Galileo with the head of the Papal Academy of Sciences and explored the first instructions for the afterlife rendered in hieroglyphs inside the pyramids. In some places I found answers, and others led to more questions. The constant through it all is that we’re all looking to be part of something bigger than us. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that we certainly are.”
Each episode centers on a different big question about the divine:
- Creation – Are there similarities among the religious creation stories from around the world? How do they compare with the scientific theory of the creation of the cosmos and the dawn of civilization?
- Who Is God? – How has the perception of God evolved over human history? Is God just an idea, and if so, can we find evidence of a divine presence in our brains?
- Evil – What is the root of evil and how has our idea of it evolved over the millennia? Is the devil real? The birth of religion may be inextricably tied to the need to control evil.
- Miracles – Are miracles real? For many believers, miracles are the foundation of their faith. Others regard miracles as merely unlikely events on which our brains impose divine meaning. Belief in miracles, however we define them, could be what gives us hope and drives us to turn possibility into reality.
- End of Days – Violent upheaval and fiery judgment fill popular imagination, but was the lore of apocalypse born out of the strife that plagued the Middle East two millennia ago? The true religious meaning of the apocalypse may not be a global war, but an inner revelation.
- Resurrection – How have beliefs in the afterlife developed, and how has our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live this life? Now that science is making such rapid advances, we may soon be confronted with digital resurrection. What will that do to our beliefs?
Faith Filled Family was very privileged to obtain an interview with James Younger who goes into depth on the series, and provides his own insights in our April issue.