The Story of God with Morgan Freeman is a new ambitious project presented by actor Morgan Freeman, Revelations Entertainment, and the National Geographic Channel. The six-part series, beginning April 3, will share Freeman’s experiences as he travels around the world in search of God. The presentation is almost as big as the series itself airing in 171 countries and translated into 45 languages.
“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 in a press release for the series.
“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.”
Morgan Freeman is an interesting choice to narrate The Story of God series. In 2010 during an interview on CNN discussing Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman project, he corrected Kiran Chetry when she called him a “man of God” and instead referred to himself as a “man of faith.”
“There’s a big difference … Questions of faith is whatever you actually believe is. We take a lot of what we’re talking about in science on faith. We posit a theory… and until it’s disproven, we have faith that it’s true. If the mathematics work out, then it’s true. Until it’s proven to be untrue…”
In 2016, when asked about how he personally relates to God’s story today, Freeman said, “I call myself a lifelong student of religion. But I haven’t landed on any conclusions. I can relate to the big questions that most of us ask ourselves at some point in our lives: Why am I here? What’s my purpose? How did we get here? Those questions resonate with me. And while science has produced answers to many of the big questions that people have asked throughout history, it doesn’t offer answers for everything.”
Produced by Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary, and James Younger, The Story of God will explore how religion has changed over the centuries and discover just how different or even similar, different faiths really are. In addition to great subject matter, The Story of God travels to various locations across the world including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples in Guatemala, and the pyramids of Egypt.
“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.”
The six-part series, each chapter an hour in length, will focus on a different aspect of God but not necessarily in the order you think. The chapters include:
- Beyond Death (April 3) – What happens when we die?
- Apocalypse (April 10) – Will the End of Days be a physical destruction of the earth or a mental paradigm shift?
- Creation (April 17) – Where did we come from?
- Who is God (April 24) How has our perception of God changed?
- Evil (May 1) Is the devil real?
- Miracles (May 8) How does our perception of miracles shape our faith?
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman premieres on April 3 at 9:00 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.
[Photo courtesy of the National Geographic Channel]