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Film: The Question of God – C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud

Based on a popular Harvard course taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, author of “The Question of God,” this 2004 series illustrates the lives and insights of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), a life-long critic of religious belief, and C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), a celebrated Oxford don, literary critic, and perhaps this century’s most influential and popular proponent of faith based on reason. The series focuses upon the perennial questions: What is happiness? How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? How do we reconcile conflicting claims of love and sexuality? These excerpts focus on this: How do we cope with the problem of suffering and the inevitability of death? A panel discussion (led by Nicholi) with atheists, agnostics, and theists regarding the origins of morality – is morality God-given or part of our evolutionary heritage? For Freud, “cultural experience” and “expediency” are the sources, while for Lewis it is a “discoverable,” transcendent law authored by God…

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