(Washington, DC – March 29, 2016) Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen? What happens when we die? Every human being on earth has asked themselves these questions at some point, and most likely each person has found a different answer. This spring, National Geographic Channel and Revelation Entertainment’s epic series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, produced by Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger, will take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on the ultimate quest to uncover the meaning of life, God and all these big questions in between.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel. It will air globally in the spring on National Geographic Channels in 171 countries in 45 languages, and in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.
As a whole, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman seeks to understand how religion has evolved throughout the course of civilization, and in turn how religion has shaped the evolution of society. Although in our current geopolitical landscape, religion is often seen as something that divides, the series illuminates the remarkable similarities among different faiths, even those that seem to be in staunch contrast. This is a quest for God: to shed light on the questions that have puzzled, terrified and inspired mankind, not to mention Freeman himself.
Link to trailer: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/videos/story-of-god-trailer/
“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 of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman is centered on a different big question about the divine:
- Afterlife – 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?
- 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.
- 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.
To explore each of these topics, host and narrator Freeman went on the ground to some of humanity’s greatest religious sites, including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples in Guatemala and the pyramids of Egypt. He traveled with archaeologists to uncover the long-lost religions of our ancestors, such as those at the 7500 B.C. Neolithic settlement Çatalhöyük in Turkey. He immersed himself in religious experiences and rituals all around the world, and became a test subject in scientific labs to examine how the frontiers of neuroscience are intersecting the traditional domain of religion.
“As we put this series together, we sought answers to some of mankind’s biggest questions, but in the end what surprised us most was to find how personal those answers were for each of us,” said executive producers Lori McCreary and James Younger. “There is no wrong answer when it comes to God or what you believe, and we hope The Story of God will help open an interfaith dialogue about ideas and values that we all share, not that we disagree on.”
PREMIERE EPISODES INCLUDE:
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Beyond Death
Premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c
In the event series premiere, host Morgan Freeman travels around the world to explore how different religions answer the question: What happens when we die? His journeys take him to the tombs of ancient Egyptians; to the believed site of Jesus’ burial in Jerusalem; to the banks of the Ganges River, where Hindus bring their deceased; and to a cutting-edge scientific laboratory seeking to help humans live forever via digital immortality.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Apocalypse
Premieres Sunday, April 10 at 9/8c
Host Morgan Freeman examines both the past and the future to determine what various faith traditions predict about the End of Days. His journey takes him to the desert, where he pores over the Dead Sea Scrolls, and to Rome to decode the enigmatic Mark of the Beast: 666. A meditative session with one of Buddhism’s holiest men begins to realign Morgan’s perspective—what if the apocalypse is not a planetary bloodbath, but rather a mental paradigm shift?
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Who Is God?
Premieres Sunday, April 17 at 9/8c
Is there some sense of God that all religions share? How has the identity of God changed over the millennia? Morgan Freeman embarks on a journey from the birth of monotheism in Egypt and Israel, to India, where Hindus worship millions of gods. At a mosque in Cairo he explores how Muslims connect to a God who has no physical form, and in New Mexico he observes an ancient Navajo ritual that helps a young girl commune with her divine ancestors. And, with the help of a neuroscientist, he searches for the mental imprint of God.
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Creation
Premiers Sunday, April 24 at 9/8c
Traversing the globe, host Morgan Freeman asks: Where did we come from, and what happened “in the beginning”? Humanity’s first question remains one of its most intensely debated. Were we created in the image of God, or are we the result of a 13.8 million-year-old singularity? He meets with papal representatives at the Vatican, takes part in sacred Navajo rituals in New Mexico and goes looking for clues to the Garden of Eden in Jerusalem.
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The Story of God with Morgan Freeman is produced by Revelations Entertainment for National Geographic Channel. For Revelations Entertainment, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and James Younger are executive producers. For National Geographic Channel, Michael J. Miller is executive producer; Kevin Mohs is vice president, production and development; Alan Eyres is senior vice president, programming and development; and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.
About Revelations Entertainment
Revelations Entertainment reveals truth. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and Emmy-nominated producer Lori McCreary lead a group of inspired professionals who are the go-to producers of thought-provoking entertainment that has universal appeal and soul. They currently produce the hit CBS Sunday night series “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni. Recent accolades are three Emmy award nominations for “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman,” a Peabody Award for the ESPN 30 for 30 episode “The 16th Man” and an Academy Award nomination for Morgan Freeman in the film “Invictus.”
To see the “Street Spirituality-What Happens When We Die” video that accompanies the series, please see: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/videos/street-spirituality-what-happens-after-we-die/
To see the “A Priest, A Rabbi and an Imam Walk into a Diner-Beyond Death” video that accompanies the series, please see: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/the-story-of-god-with-morgan-freeman/videos/a-pastor-a-rabbi-and-an-imam-beyond-death/