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The Question of God
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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?


The Question of God is produced by Tatge/Lasseur Productions in association with WGBH and Walden Media. Director Catherine Tatge; Producer Dominique Lasseur; Executive Producers Mike Sullivan, Catherine Tatge, Doug Holladay.

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Major funding is provided by Laurance Rockefeller, the John Templeton Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Penates Foundation, Tom and Gert Phillips, the ServiceMaster Company, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.

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Additional funding is provided by the Aslan Foundation, the Butt Foundation, CNL, the FairWyn Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation, Harty and Carolyn Gardner, Hughes Supply, Inc., Vester Hughes, the Elizabeth M. Irby Foundation, Paul and Teresa Klaassen, the ME Foundation, Billy and Gladys Mitchell, Joan Wellhouse Newton, Gerard and Marie Roche, and the Stratford Foundation. A complete list of funders is available from PBS.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer. One-third of PBS's primetime lineup and companion Web content, as well as many public radio favorites, are produced by WGBH. The station also is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in access technologies for people with disabilities. For more information, visit main.wgbh.org.