This March BBC Knowledge presents a bold new season of programmes which pose one of the world’s oldest philosophical questions - ‘Does God Exist?’
Airing Monday to Wednesday across three consecutive weeks from 05 March 2012, ‘Does God Exist?’ is an intelligent and thought-provoking season which offers viewers fresh perspectives from both sides of the debate. As religion asserts itself against attack and indifference in the 21st century the season offers a timely exploration into the subject matter, and allows viewers to make informed decisions.
The season will air on BBC Knowledge Monday to Wednesday at 22.00 and has been carefully curated to present a balanced range of programmes across the three evenings as established theologists, scientists and pro-humanists such as Robert Beckford, Professor Robert Winston and Richard Dawkins, present their arguments for and against God’s existence.
For the first time ever, BBC Knowledge is working in partnership with local journalist and commentator Jacek Żakowski who will host the season, examining the main themes raised in each programme and how they fit into the overall context of this intriguing season.
Following on from January’s ‘End of the West?’ season and the ‘Human Season’ scheduled for later this spring – BBC Knowledge continues to explore and ask life’s big questions with ‘Does God Exist?’, The season begins with the case against the existence of God, led by the outspoken atheist, evolutionary biologist and The Selfish Gene author Richard Dawkins in his series Root Of All Evil (5 March at 22.00). Dawkins argues that any attempt to explain creation before Darwin’s theory of evolution is discredited and cannot be taken seriously and claims that humanity would be better off without religion.
On Tuesday nights, Conor Cunningham and Professor Robert Winston present the argument that science and religion can exist side by side. In Did Darwin Kill God? Conor Cunningham argues that Darwin’s vision of the universe enhances our appreciation of God’s design, whilst in The Story Of God, medical doctor, world-renowned scientist and BAFTA Award winner Professor Robert Winston puts together a mathematical formula which he believes demonstrates the probability of God’s existence.
On Wednesday nights BBC Knowledge will transport viewers 2,000 years into the past to unravel one of the great mysteries: Who was The Real Jesus? Theologian Robert Beckford explores some of the world’s major religions to look for echoes of the story of Jesus and investigates how he came to be the figurehead for the World’s biggest religion.
Commenting on the season Jon Farrar, VP Programming EMEA said: “This season presents exciting fresh thinking from a range of viewpoints, delivered by some of the world’s most famous scientists and theologists. The intention is not to provide an answer to humanity’s most important question but rather explore both sides of the argument giving viewers the opportunity to draw their own varied conclusions on this fascinating age-old debate.”
Local host Jacek Zakowski added: “I am very glad that the BBC has decided to start a qualitative debate in Poland, a debate regarding one of the most fundamental questions of the modern world. Does God Exist? starts to fulfil an important mission in our current media landscape; the mission to start a serious public debate. I hope that with this cycle of programmes, the BBC, a role model amongst multi-media broadcasters, will lead the way for others to follow.”
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Does God Exist? starts to fulfil an important mission in our current media landscape; the mission to start a serious public debate.”