The newly elected Pope suffers a panic attack just as he is about to appear on St Peter's balcony to greet the faithful who have gathered to see him. His advisors, unable to convince him he is the right man for the job, call on a renowned therapist who also happens to be an atheist. But his fear of the new-found responsibility suddenly thrust upon him is one he must face alone. This heart-warming story in the vein of The King's Speech is directed by Palme d'Or winner Nanni Moretti.
With unprecedented access, this documentary gets inside one of Europe's biggest Muslim communities, giving a unique insight into the people who make up its congregation.
The story of Noah's ark and the Great Flood is one of the most iconic and universal stories in all human history; one of the most important stories for three of the world's great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Now, an astonishing recovery is challenging everything thought known about this biblical legend. Dr Irving Finkel, armed with a 4000-year-old tablet, teams up with a group of maritime archaeologists and attempts to build the vessel that inspired the biblical ark.
He healed the sick and raised the dead. His followers called him the Son of God. After his death, he rose again. He was Apollonius of Tyana, one of several preachers of the First Century who rivalled the following of Jesus.
If there is a moral compass, how do we know what is the North and South? What is right and wrong? If right and wrong are culturally variable, then the only arbiters of right and wrong are mere preference, or alternatively, force. Cooperation, or niceness, says Alex Rosenberg, was essential to our evolution from being at the bottom of the food chain, to arriving at the top. But are we agreed on who we should be nice to, and when? Dr Gwen Patton grew up in the racially segregated America of the 1950s. To her the limits of niceness were clear, because people chose who they would be nice to, and who not. She became involved, as a young girl, in the Alabama bus protests, driven by a sense that we are all God's children. In discussion with Frans de Wall, Ard says he needs an absolute logical, rational source for moral judgements. If morality is just grounded in passions, you can manipulate those passions. David disagrees. He thinks we all work out our own truths. Ard argues that universal morality then would depend merely on power.
For scientist, the only source of morality must be our genes. Morality is the ultimate emergent property of the gene, says Peter Atkins. Whatever leads to a stable society leads to a sense of morality. Primatologist Frans de Waal, however, says he would never trust science to explain morality - you can construct a perfectly logical argument for slavery. George Ellis argues that evolutionary and neuroscientific arguments about morality always introduce by the back door a concept of the good life which they take for granted as being a good thing. Who says living together is a good thing? And if 'good' means happy, why not give everyone drugs to make them feel happy? Is that a moral life? According to evolutionary theory and the survival of the fittest, cheaters, who will compete ruthlessly, should be the most successful survivors. But Harvard Biologist and Mathematician Martin Nowak uses an extraordinary graphic to illustrate to Ard and David his mathematical calculation that collaborators and competitors are locked together in the evolutionary process, a truth which has been observed in the field by primatologists for decades.
Is beauty a guide to truth? There is one story told by science which states that the only things that can be classed as true are facts: things that can be measured, quantified and verified. It denies truth to the spiritual, the moral or the aesthetic because these do not fit scientific criteria. They are classed as meaningless, figments of the imagination - the misfirings of neurons. David and Ard challenge this bleak vision, and ask if it is correct, why is it that we are so moved by beauty, and why do so many truths reveal themselves as beautiful? The answers they each reach are very different, but through their journey and discussions they reveal how profoundly our sense of beauty is connected to both our quest for truth, but also our search for meaning.
The great triumph of modern science is that is that it has been incredibly successful at helping us understand and control the world we live in. But many of us will feel that there is something fundamentally wrong with a view of life that strips it of any true meaning or purpose. Are we really just the living parts of a vast machine that has no meaning? In this first film in the series Ard and David will challenge the core beliefs of scientism and present the beginnings of a different story that science has to tell about the universe we live in.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman explores the notion of miracles, meeting Manhattan man who fell 47 stories and lived, and travelling to Jerusalem, where he learns at Passover that miracles are the foundation of the Jewish faith.
In a world of so much pain, can we have faith in a loving Creator God? Can we understand His purpose for our lives? Watch and learn the encouraging answer.
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman explores where evil comes from. In a maximum-security prison, Morgan comes face to face with a serial killer and looks for the physical root of evil in his brain.
The Yungorrendi dreaming story of creation has similarities the western scientific beliefs of the Big Bang Theory.
Morgan Freeman take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on his personal quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions in between.
Morgan Freeman take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on his personal quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all the questions in between. Freeman traverses the globe to ask: Where did we come from, and what happened "in the beginning?"
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