In case you’ve missed it so far, plan on tuning in to “The Story of God,” a six-part National Geographic special. In the series, Morgan Freeman explores our quest to understand the Divine and investigates religion and history to show God’s influence on mankind. The series examines a variety of cultures and religions in search of the Ultimate Truth. According to author and philosopher Dr. Jerry Martin, it begs the question: if there is one God, why are there so many religions?
The National Geographic miniseries follows Freeman as he travels to 20 cities in seven different countries in a quest to find answers to the mysteries of faith.
3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries’ premiere on Sun. April 2, which marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the NGC US network. In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a “digital resurrection.
In episode 2 titled “Apocalypse, Freeman sets off “on a journey to find out why so many religions predict an apocalypse, to discover the roots of Judgment Day, how ancient prophecies reverberate today, and to ask whether the end is really what we imagined, or if it’s all just in our minds.” On his exploration he traveled to New Orleans to speak to survivors of hurricane Katrina and learn how their Christian faith enabled them to overcome hardship and rebuild their community.
In total “The Story of God” is a six-part miniseries starring Freeman, in collaboration with Revelations Entertainment and the NGC. So far the series serves as an intriguing exploration of one influential man’s discovery of faith while journeying around the world.
In an interview with CBS News, the Academy Award-winning actor said he hopes for the series to unite people of different religions.
“In this situation, we’re hoping that the public at large gets the lesson of the sameness of the human condition,” he said. “We’re not as different as we might think we are, we’re all seeking the same thing and asking the same questions, and basically coming up with the same ideas about who we are, what we are, and where we are going.”
The series continues on Sunday evenings thru May 8, at 8 p.m. Central time on National Geographic Channel. National Geographic Channel is on Cox 75, Direct TV 276 and Dish 186.
IF YOU MISSED THE FIRST TWO EPISODES, YOU CAN WATCH THEM ON LINE AT www.natgeotv.com.