PBS to air "CS Lewis vs. Freud: The Question of God"
- Remember this airs this week. I'm really looking forward to it. I
haven't read the book, but I've heard glowing reports.
--- In Mythopoeic@yahoogroups.com, "Debra Murphy" <dlmurphy601@c...>
wrote: This looks like it might be terrific. Debra
Walden Media, WGBH Present Lewis/Freud Series "The Question Of God"
Special Program To Air On September 15 & 22nd On PBS
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.
"It may be that Freud and Lewis represent conflicting parts of
ourselves," Dr. Nicholi notes. "Part of us yearns for a relationship
with the source of all joy, hope and happiness, as described by
Lewis, and yet, there is another part that raises its fist in
defiance and says with Freud, 'I will not surrender.' Whatever part
we choose to express will determine our purpose, our identity, and
our whole philosophy of life."
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 series presents a unique dialogue between Freud, the
atheist, and Lewis, the believer," says Catherine Tatge, director of
The Question of God. "Through it we come to understand two very
different ideas of human existence, and where each of us, as
individuals, falls as believers and unbelievers."
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?
Airing September 15 & 22, 2004, at 9:00 pm ET on PBS (check local
The Question of God is produced by Tatge/Lasseur Productions in
association with WGBH and Walden Media.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Nicholi
please contact: Erin Mackey at: Emackey@...
All over the world, people are asking the same questions: Why is
there so much pain and suffering in the world? What does it mean to
Is there such a thing as evil? Does God really exist? This September,
through the brilliant minds and personal struggles of two of the most
influential thinkers of the twentieth century, PBS presents an
emotional and intellectual journey into the meaning of life.
About Part One
The Question of God Part I presents the early stories of C.S. Lewis
and Sigmund Freud, two men with very different ideas of human
In childhood, each embraced the religion of his family. But the early
death of Lewis's mother, and the horrors he witnessed in the First
World War tested his faith. In middle age, Lewis found his once-
passionate atheism troubling, and began searching for faith again.
Freud, studying medicine in the age of Darwin, found he had no use
for a creator. As he developed his theory of psychoanalysis, he came
to see belief in God as just another human fantasy.
To grapple with the questions raised by the lives and ideas of Freud
and Lewis, Dr. Armand Nicholi leads a panel of seven thoughtful men
and women in a wide-ranging discussion of some of the fundamental
What influences us to embrace or reject religious belief? Is the
scientific method, as Freud wrote, the only path to the truth? Does
the human longing for God, as Lewis wrote, actually prove that God
exists? Do miracles actually happen?
About Part Two
As Freud and Lewis entered middle age, their divergent beliefs about
the existence of God were fixed. But tragedy would test each man's
convictions. For Freud, it was the terror of the Third Reich and the
death of a beloved daughter. For Lewis, in his fifties, the brief
happiness of new romance was turned to ashes with the untimely death
of his wife, igniting the greatest spiritual crisis of his life. Yet
in the end, each man confronted his own death with his beliefs
Dr. Armand Nicholi and his panel continue their debate, exploring the
implications of choosing a spiritual or secular worldview for the
primary questions of life - of love, morality, suffering and death:
From where do we get our concept of right and wrong - from the
Creator or from human experience? How do we square the existence of
an omnipotent, all-loving God with all of the evidence of evil and
suffering in the world? How do these starkly different worldviews
help us resolve the riddle of death?
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