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The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis (2004)

Catherine Tatge  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Catherine Tatge
  • Writers: Leslie Clark
  • Producers: Catherine Tatge, Dominique Lasseur
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00078XGQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis" on IMDb

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Based on a popular Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, author of The Question of God, the series illustrates the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud, a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis, a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century's most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason.

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, sad... yet most importantly: thought-provoking November 18, 2004
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This PBS presentation beautifully lays out contrasting views (theism/atheism)... yet somehow never comes off as advocating either one; letting the viewer decide. As much as I love Freud and also warm up to such deep-thinkers as C.S. Lewis... it was the periodic "roundtable" discussion sessions moderated by Dr. Armand Nicholi that blew me away. I found myself pausing this DVD over and over again as I wrote down my own thoughts and, yes, my own spontaneous revelations. It's that sort of program. It makes you want to grab a notebook and a pencil.

I won't tell you which way I lean (Freud? Lewis?)... but I will say BUY THIS! SEE IT! It is quite possibly one of the only sources giving equal time to both sides of this age-old issue. If nothing else, you'll be fascinated at the eruption of thoughts/realizations that you-the viewer will most-certainly experience.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously considering buying this... September 23, 2004
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I watched this on PBS the past two weeks. It's 4 hours total, and shows the personal history of these two men (complete with some well done reenactment) and how they came to their beliefs interspersed with a panel of people with different beliefs (believers and nonbelievers) talking about a lot of the basic issues with religion and Christianity. The panel includes a Dr. from Harvard, the editor of Skeptic magazine, and some other really interesting people.

As is to be expected (hey, it's PBS :) The Question of God is very well done. Extremely fascinating, and it makes you think. I was so impressed by it that I'm seriously considering buying it. I'm also going to read C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced presentation that either side will enjoy. January 15, 2006
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I expected this video to lean noticeably to either a pro evolution or pro theistic viewpoint. The editors have done an excellent job at presenting both sides fairly. It was very helpful to see the story of Freud and Lewis' childhood and early adulthood. This is an important video for anyone interested in the current debate.

I was especially pleased with the roundtable discussions of a focus group. It is a delight to see unscripted opinions being expressed in a non confrontative format. The panel is also well balanced, with no shills on either side. This has become my favorite Nova presentation and I highly recommend it to just about anyone interested in a well rounded education.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative September 10, 2005
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I have watched this DVD for the past week now. It's a great, in depth look at two powerful, twenith-century thinkers. I also find myself returning to it over and over. It has a great staying power and keeps the interest held high.

The DVD successfully intertwines both actors protraying Freud and Lewis and a roundtable discussion of the ideas behind the two men. I found both aspects of the DVD to be very well done. The actors did an amazing job playing Freud and Lewis and the discussions were well intentioned and provided some thought-provoking information.

That being said, I did have a hard time with some of the people participating in the discussion. For the most part, they were well informed and very well educated. Some though, simply did not have any sort of rationale or basis for their opinion/beliefs (either theistic or atheistic). Perhaps experts in this field would have suited the debate better and provided a more meaningful discussion. (i.e. Philosophers, theologans, professors, etc.)

Overall, an excellent DVD.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo to PBS! October 23, 2004
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This program is a must see to those who are skeptical or questioning their beliefs in God. These two men (Freud and Lewis) are so contrasted and different from each other that it makes for a good argument by both sides. No doubt, Lewis' testimony and influence is widespread and powerful. The arguments in which scholars and psychologists alike test the waters of their beliefs and world view further enhance the program and Freud's and Lewis' beliefs. An excellent witnessing tool for Believers to show to non-Believers who struggle with these tough questions!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching September 25, 2005
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C.S. Lewis has always been a hero of mine--even before I knew anything about his personal life.

I'd read his books for years (in fact, I've read MERE CHRISTIANITY several times) but didn't know much about him until I saw the movie SHADOWLANDS with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in 1993. What an introduction! Since then, I've read several biographies, watched the British TV version of SHADOWLANDS, and even attended a stage version. I've actually started reading his Narnia books as well, looking forward to the big-budget Hollywood version heading to screens in Christmas of '05.

So I watched with much interest this PBS show that compared and contrasted the lives of Lewis and Sigmund Freud. The best parts for me were watching the recreations of their lives and intercutting their words into a dialogue or argument. I don't know as much about Freud but I think they did a great job of portraying Lewis and representing what his life and writings meant.

The only part that didn't really work was the roundtable discussions with the professor who taught this study as a class. A couple of people came off as rather shallow since they were trying to sound deep about something they didn't really believe in the first place. There were a few interesting moments, but it felt tedious to be cutting away from the biographical segments that were so much more interesting.

Still, definitely worth having and watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful compare & contrast of the two prevailing life views throughout humanity! Non-emotional, and well reasoned!
Published 18 days ago by Wade Guisbert
4.0 out of 5 stars God is alive and well
The way this debate is put together it is easy for a Christian to feel validated and hopeful in the pursuit of Gods Grace.

Loved it, John
Published 19 months ago by Dr. John J. Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
I've bought several copies over the years. I give them away frequently and get more. Great stuff! I recommend it.
Published 20 months ago by David Duerden
5.0 out of 5 stars ?
have a question about god? this is one of those debates that will give you reason to set aside the reason(s) and maybe there can be a little crack in the wall. very interesting.
Published 21 months ago by Frances T. Colamatteo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as focused as I would like
I am not sure what I was expecting. I suppose I was looking for more of a theoretical discussion. There was more about the individuals than I expected.
Published 21 months ago by Craig Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video
Like this video after seeing play Freud's last session.

Like this video after seeing play Freud's last session

The end
Published 22 months ago by Donald Limberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Possible Life Changing Program!
I initially saw this production by chance while taking a University course. The program is so influential I immediately sought a personal copy to review and take time to bring all... Read more
Published on December 7, 2011 by Justin Playfair
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Well, hoped this would be a balanced and honest video. Definely not. Politically correct shallow outsiders view of God. Pass this one up.
Published on July 18, 2010 by Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thought Provoking!
This video gave an excellent view of the countering views on God of Freud and C.S. Lewis. But it also contained interesting information about the lives of those two men. Read more
Published on July 13, 2010 by Dr. Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking DVD !
Excellent video and a great tool for thought provoking philosophical discussion either in a bible study group or with non-believers. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by D. Arnold
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