Last year, Morgan Freeman made waves by hosting a documentary series on National Geographic called “The Story of God” in which Freeman explores topics on the deeper meaning to life.
Provocative episodes with titles such as ‘Who is God’ and ‘Why Does Evil Exist?’ are all designed to take a deep dive into the beliefs of various people of faith around the world. What results is a fascinating chance to peer into the wildly differing belief systems humans adopt, and intentional or not ends up being a quest for truth and understanding of the world in which we live.
Freeman is back as executive producer for season 2, and he isn’t shying away from controversial topics. The latest episode titled ‘Heaven and Hell’ explores one of the most difficult and consequential topics in existence today.
He speaks with several people who have had near death experiences – such as a woman who had a C-section and during the procedure stopped breathing. She recalled hovering above her body, before being shown a glimpse of what she believed was the afterlife.
While Freeman said himself that season 1 didn’t change his personal views on God, that doesn’t detract from what The Story of God manages to accomplish. It’s a thorough and interesting platform which provides ample opportunities to raise, discuss and debate serious questions about life and faith.
When asked in a previous interview what he believed on topics relating to faith, Freeman himself seems to take a universalist type of position which assumes each faith is correct.
Many argue this type of view, when played to it’s logical conclusion, leans towards a more atheistic viewpoint. Claiming each of the vastly different global religions are right, when almost all of them claim the other is wrong, means none of them can be right.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that there are billions of people around the globe and each and every one of them have a unique faith story. The Story of God With Morgan Freeman seeks to cover many of those stories, and airs on Monday nights at 9pm/8pm central on National Geographic.
CBN’s Angela Zatopek interviewed Morgan Freeman last year in advance of this series – here’s what she anticipated going down this time around.
While Freeman’s search covers a wide variety of faiths, there are some powerful Christian stories. Kenneth Bae, an American Christian who was put in a North Korean prison for over 2 years after being accused of trying to overthrow the government, was one of them. From CBN:
The first episode includes American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was held captive in a North Korean prison for being a Christian. Bae ran religious tours bringing in missionaries, and was accused of attempting to overthrow the government.
He served 735 days of hard labor, but was released in 2014 following pressure from US President Barack Obama.
“I knew the risk, I knew that they don’t tolerate anything but their own religious system but I felt chosen to do this by God,” Bae shares.
It’s previewed in the clip below.
You can watch the full interview on CBN.