June 2nd, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Playing God

Morgan Freeman has played God in films before, but a new role has him asking, "Is there a God?" The Academy Award-winning actor is executive producer, host and narrator for a new series on the Science Channel, "Through the Wormhole." He was on American Morning Wednesday.

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  3. nomoregbldgk

    He is just about the coolest perennial presence on TV since The Electric Company. Great voice and terrific series that provides the layperson with the impetus to think for themselves and consider all the possibilites, not just the ubiquitous pap doled out in lazy classrooms, cherry-picked publications and other media stores. Searching turns up some real gems, I found one at A Page In The Life including The Secret of Min; A String A Ring A Modulos Thing; O, Ewes Guys; Prismatic (I think they predicated this year;s World Cup Winner); and Swords, Bows, UFOs; Reflection; Flat Earth...

    August 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Cody Lawson

    @Joel3 – I got two main points. First, I have to ask how does God show you "truth" if it is non-existent in Man? Regardless of the evidence postulated for or against the existence of god, or any diety for that matter, all of that information must be processed by humankind (and that includes you). Therefore, following your assertion "MAN'S ANSWERS ARE BASED ON THEORY, NOT FACT. Keep looking at man, or woman, for answers and you'll never find truth," it would be impossible for a diety to exert any form of truth upon humankind. This construct not only seperates man from any diety, but actually prevents the two from interacting. So even if the diety exists there would be no way for you to know. Unfortunately, this also means no afterlife as the realm of the diety is entirely seperate from the realm of human existence.

    Second – You are actually incorrect for your assumption of what a theory is. To quote Merriam-Webster, "1 : the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another." I have a big problem with people discarding the word theory as something completely speculative. Their is a distinct difference between a theory once established as the norm (given our current understanding) and a theory still in its hypothesis stage. The beauty of the system is that the theories are constantly evolving and gaining more insight into what they explain. They are still called theories because new evidence can always appear. If they didn't have the chance to evolve and were simply stagnant then we would call it religion haha.

    As for the actual interview kudos to Morgan Freeman. Best part, "When did I say I was a man of God? Your not? Noooooo... no no no no no." Hahaha freaking amazing.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  5. Reality

    The real gods? For Christianity, look no farther than Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, the great fictional writers of first century Palestine.

    June 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  6. Gary

    Earth is billions of years old. Science is based on facts layed out for anyone to consider and anaylize.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  7. jeff

    I hope shows like this will help believers start to see through this nonsense.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  8. Reality

    "FINDING GOD'S FUNNY BONE By Rob Kendt Religion is just too easy a target for mockery. Seen from the outside, any supernatural belief system can seem absurd. You drink your God's blood? You could be a gnat in your next life? You can't eat what? Which is why Julia Sweeney's brave, hilarious, ultimately moving new solo show "Letting Go of God" is a gale-force breath of fresh air, into the mostly politic dialogue about religion in our time which liberals of every faith have largely ceded to fired-up fundamentalists. The humbly sage Sweeney has needling questions that can't be swatted away with the laughing, lukewarm tolerance we typically afford faith-based humor, as if to say: Gosh, people believe funny things, but don't we all? We shouldn't laugh so dismissively, Sweeney insists, at others' beliefs or our own assumptions. While she scores some easy, flawlessly deadpan laughs at the expense of Mormonism, Deepak Chopra, astrology and Catholicism, the tradition she says she was happily raised in, she is after much bigger game than cheap disdain. As she says to an imaginary God she's at last parting with near show's end: "It's because I take you so seriously that I can't bring myself to believe in you." Looking very at home with herself, on a set dressed like a study rife with religious books and artifacts, Sweeney delivers her monologue with her trademark blend of ironic confidentiality and best-friend candor. Believers of all stripes and intensities, as well as nonbelievers who may scoff a little too facilely, will be challenged and disarmed with stick-in-your-throat laughter by Sweeney's utterly uncynical, blisteringly honest testimony. –The Los Angeles Times (this review if for the stage show)"

    June 3, 2010 at 6:04 am |
    • Joel3

      Wow, can you be any more lost? Why is it that most of the people who are turned off by Christ are CATHOLICS?? lol. Gee, could it have anything to do with RELIGION and CEREMONIES? The very thing that Christ came here to replace with GRACE. We appreciate the movie review but no, not interested in this twisted atheist logic your selling. We were warned there would be MANY false prophets and this Sweeney chic is pretty easy to spot. Another person who actually THINKS she's in control down here and actually THINKS that man has the answers. Wake up call honey: MAN'S ANSWERS ARE BASED ON THEORY, NOT FACT. Keep looking at man, or woman, for answers and you'll never find truth. You can bet your LIFE on that one. God Bless, I hope He reels you back in...

      June 3, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  9. Reality

    Before watching this new series on god and science, please watch Julia Sweeney's monologue "Letting Go of God".

    (Ex-Catholic, now atheist) Julia Sweeney's monologue "Letting Go Of God" will be the final nail in the coffin of religious belief/faith and is and will continue to be more effective than any money-generating book or blog on the historical Jesus, wormholes, atheism or secularism.

    Buy the DVD or watch it on Showtime. Check your cable listings.

    from http://www.amazon.com
    "Letting Go of God ~ Julia Sweeney (DVD – 2008)

    Five Star Rating

    June 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
    • nwatcher

      Wow, the final nail in the coffin? Really? If God does not exist that last nail would have been driven long ago. Either you are not paying attention or your faith in that last nail thing exceeds the faith of most of the faithful. And Showtime! Must be true...now if only CNN would endorse this I could give up my ticket to heaven and wallow in some made up spiritualism of my own. Then when I die, I'll try talk my way through the pearly gates....yup ...great plan!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
    • steve88

      but you know there there are and have been other religions with other supposed claims and deities too right? Though I think I agreeit's a bit soon to say that religion is in the coffin, as such ideas & claims are rather tenacious. I think man-kind has a strong compulsion to explain and give meaning to the world at any cost, perhaps out of fear; and that it is man that creates gods, probably not the other way around. Just look how long the reincarnation & karma stuff has been around. So what if I am wrong? who knows really.

      June 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
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