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Testing God

Synopsis
David Malone’s 3-part series takes a fresh look at how the universe was formed, from a scientific and theological point of view. TESTING GOD re-examines the relationship between science and religion and asks: is science’s claim to victory premature? Includes contributions from Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Paul Davies, John Polkinghorne, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Neil Turok and Frank Tipler, Richard Dawkins, John Sulston, Geoffrey Miller, Denis Alexander, Steven Mithen and Jurgen Moltmann,George Steiner, Andy Clark, Peter Fenwick, Brian Goodwin, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bart Kosko and Andrew Newberg.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2001
Notes
Broadcast in 3 weekly parts on Channel 4, beginning 2/9/2001.
The programme will shortly be available online on a pay-per-view basis as well as on DVD
Documentation
The library section of the website http://www.becauseyouthink.tv/library/default.asp provides subscribers (free) with extensive documentation on the thinking behind the programme.
Subjects
Philosophy; Religious studies; Science
Keywords
cosmology; creationism; human evolution; philosophy of science; religious belief and practice; logic

Credits

Director
David Malone
Contributor
George Steiner; Richard Dawkins; Roger Penrose

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
£15.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
165 minutes
Year
2008

Sections

Title
Killing the Creator
Synopsis
This first part in the series examines whether science has foreclosed on the possibility of a creator God and, if not, whether it can. The answer on both counts is no. Science is actually having to grapple with the fact that our universe, far from being explicable as a logical or mathematical necessity, is a highly unlikely place. Is this evidence that the laws of nature are a product of design? If so, surely this is indisputable evidence for God. The alternative explanation, that ours is one of an infinite number of universes, poses more problems for science than it solves. Contributors to the programme include: Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Paul Davies, John Polkinghorne, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Neil Turok and Frank Tipler.
Duration
50 mins

Title
Darwin and the Divine
Synopsis
The second programme asks what piece of work is a man? Is the overwhelming evidence that we are a product of evolution final evidence that God does not exist? Does this in turn mean that we are little more than beasts, that morality and spirituality are mere illusions? On all counts, the answer is no. Programme 2 shows that a god who wanted his creations to have free-will - and therefore moral responsibility - would have to have used a process like evolution. The death of the "argument by design" is not the death of god. Contributors to the programme include: Richard Dawkins, John Sulston, Geoffrey Miller, Denis Alexander, Steven Mithen and Jurgen Moltmann
Duration
50 mins

Title
Credo Ergo Sum
Synopsis
The final programme looks at the human brain and the human mind. Are our minds based purely on binary logic, or is there something irrational - something subjective - at the root of reason? We look at ideas in physics, neurology and psychology and suggest that, whatever you think about the existence of God, the ability to believe is a crucial part of living in a fundamentally uncertain world. If we deny this in a quest for rational "certainty", might we be denying the very thing that makes us human? Contributors include: George Steiner, Andy Clark, Peter Fenwick, Brian Goodwin, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bart Kosko and Andrew Newberg.
Duration
50 mins

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

becauseyouthink.tv

Web
http://www.becauseyouthink.tv/ External site opens in new window
Notes
Exclusive source of thought-provoking television documentaries by David Malone, accompanied on the website by producer and director notes for research purposes, as well source material used in the productions. Topics covered so far include the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine, the relationship between science and religion, and the mental health of eminent scientists. Programmes are currently for sale on DVD, but online streaming is planned.
Name

Uniview Worldwide

Email
sales@uniview.co.uk
Web
http://www.uniview.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
0151 648 9988
Address
PO Box 20
Hoylake
Wirral
CH48 7HY
Notes
NB. Uniview ceased trading at the end of July 2016. Some of the products previously distributed by them are available from Short Cuts TV: http://www.shortcutstv.com/

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