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Nice Quality, But . . .
on February 7, 2008
The PBS home video, The Question of God based off of Dr. Nicholi's book compares the lives of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis. While the book was exceptional, the DVD is mediocre. The DVD features a comparison of the lives of these two greats with a narration and actors depicting Lewis and Freud. The quality is excellent, but, it lacks the depth of the book.
The other part of the DVD is the round table discussion, and here it utterly fails. There is really one person, Michael Shermer, who is impressive in answering the questions offered by Nicholi. On the religious side, most of the "religious people" (from Buddhism to Christianity) fail to really answers agnostic and atheists objections beside "it is faith" or "many types of evidence." While there may some truth to this, they fail in their presentation and in providing larger, stronger arguments. One wonders if anyone on the panel really ever read Lewis at all? The other "non-believers" raised the typical straw men objections and other silly statements (the attorney is absolutely, horrible, I hope he doesn't use his own criteria when evaluating a case). Shermer, while I think he is often wrong, does a very good job (as always, Shermer is always likable and presents his points well). There are good answers to his statements, but no one on this panel presented any.
I am surprised by the many five stars. Maybe I am missing something, but I really think this is average, no better, no worse.