Dr. Nicholi is the moderator and mediator of the debate and the moderator of the discussion that follows the questions about faith and evidence raised by Lewis and Freud. Historical footage of Lewis and Freud is used. Actors portray each man with credibility and sensitivity. Dr. Nicholi observes: "Whether we realize it or not, all of us possess a worldview. We make one of two basic assumptions: We view the universe as an accident, or we assume intelligence beyond the universe giving order and to some of us meaning to life."
Freud believed, "Religion is an endemic nonsense into which humanity tended to blunder." He called religion "an illusion." Lewis countered, "I believe in God as I believe the sun has risen, not because I can see it, but because by way of it I can see everything else."
There are some funny lines in the program. When the Nazis created a bonfire to burn books they didn't like, Freud remarked, "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they burn my books."
Lewis said he rejected Christianity at first because of what he perceived to be its "ugly architecture, ugly music and bad poetry." He did much to reverse that image in his work at Oxford and in his magnificent books, which are more popular today than ever. One - "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - is currently being made into a movie for release in December 2005.
An observer is invited to this program and to the discussion as a guest. All views are respectfully considered. "Crossfire" this is not.
"The Question of God" is one of the finest programs to air on television in many years. While the Federal Communications Commission is reportedly set to fine CBS $500,000 for airing a brief shot of Janet Jackson's bare breast during this year's Super Bowl, people with faith that television - which was once good - might be good again will want to haul out the accolades and awards for this program. It is worth your time to watch. It is worth your time to investigate the claims discussed. It might even restore (or enhance) your faith.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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