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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ! SEE THIS, - and STRIKE GOLD !, 23 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Exploring the God Question: 3-disc DVD Boxset (DVD)
Here is something spectacular - really brilliant. I bought it less than 2 days ago and already I'm prepared to say there's nothing like it across the full spectrum of contemporary culture. "Exploring the God Question" is a resource that every thinking person should acquire, explore, assess and revisit repeatedly. Simply because it deals with what is surely the biggest question of all for questing minds looking for answers to the ultimate mysteries of life and the universe. Its supreme, distinctive feature is that it DOESN'T bombard you with evangelistic propaganda or try to persuade you of the truth of one particular worldview, whether theistic, atheistic or agnostic, far less pressure you into acceptance of one religion over all others. But using the technique of interviews with many of the most celebrated names on BOTH sides of "the God debate," - and I mean really awesome authorities, not loud-mouthed, bible-bashing, pulpit-thumping charlatans - it sets about presenting all the principal arguments and basic convictions on either side in a strictly neutral and impartial way, leaving the thoughtful viewer to come to a mature personal decision at the end. Along the way, we are enthralled by cinematic spectacle of superlative quality and a documentary-style treatment of the subject that could hold its head high among the most sophisticated of our time.
3 DVDs containing 6 half-hour presentations comprise the viewing material, but there are also available - not included with the DVDs - 2 substantial glossy booklets designed to assist private reflection or group discussion. The entire package would make an ideal launch-pad for informal home debate or dialogue in a more public forum, like a church or community hall.
DVD ONE focuses on the COSMOS ; DVD TWO deals with LIFE AND EVOLUTION ; and DVD THREE treats MIND AND CONSCIOUSNESS. The approach is the same throughout : "Here is the latest scientific evidence, so how do we interpret it, in our serious attempts to reach a satisfactory solution to that biggest question of all - 'Is There a God ?' "
Countless people across the globe in the 21st century are looking for reliable, unbiased help and guidance in finding an answer to this question that transcends all others in its implications for every individual on the planet. Yet the majority of these seekers are suspicious or dismissive of religious institutions and have no interest in darkening the door of any place of worship or joining any sect or movement of faithful or infidel. To them, THEOLOGY is "rubbish" (Richard Dawkins), and ORTHODOXY is ORTHO-TOXICITY ! Sure - there are libraries of books that claim to provide final answers and convince you of "the truth," or at least the plausible reasonableness, of either their militant atheism or their ardent religious stance. But even suppose you could magically discover, say, the ten best of such books, who's got time these days to plough through heavy-going philosophical, scientific or theological volumes to find answers ? - when in all probability at the end of it all, you'll be as befuddled as ever !!
But in "Exploring the God Question" we are given a concise, comprehensive, kaleidoscopic, riveting, and - above all - TIME-SAVING way of cutting through all the unnecessary stuff, and in return for a mere 3 hours of time in a busy life, we can hold in our hands a unique tool for highlighting the essential issues and forming as firm a personal conclusion as is ever likely to be possible in this life.
Don't miss this fantastic production. Skip a modest meal for two at £37.26 to buy it ! View it for yourself - and S T R I K E
R E A L G O L D ! ! !
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2014 10:05:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2014 10:08:41 GMT
BERLIN DOC says:
My God (sorry...couldn't resist it!) ...another interest we have in common.

But seriously, a punchy review on the strength of which I have ordered the set.
I totally agree that this subject is probably the most important question we have had throughout the ages.
It never ceases to amaze me how many of my colleagues and friends seem not to have taken a minute to sit down and think about it.
However, I am a fully paid up member of the Christopher Hitchens fan club and so cannot pretend to be totally neutral on this subject!!
I'll do my best to watch the DVDs with an open mind.....
Regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2014 22:40:30 GMT
S. Mitchell says:
Hello again, Martin. Amazing indeed! I certainly didn't expect to hear from you in connection with a totally different subject like, shall we say, religious inclination (or otherwise). I think, if you buy the God Question DVDs, you'll find them compelling viewing. Some of the names that you will be well familiar with actually appear in interview, debate or lecture contexts, such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. Overall, I was specially enthused by this pioneering attempt to bring differing points of view together, and without trying to browbeat people into a particular stance, give them the relaxed opportunity to think it through for themselves. I passionately share your conviction that this transcendent question is the ultimate challenge to human beings, and like you, find it remarkable that not many seem to give it the time of day. Maybe that's because most educated, thinking, professional individuals are so pressured by the multiple stresses of life that they simply want to spend their limited leisure doing things social, athletic, mildly demanding intellectually, blogging, relational, maybe even classical-musical, !!! -and so on. Which is one big plus for the ETGQ material - it doesn't suck up hours and hours in heavy books, but lets you plan short sessions over whatever time-span you have to explore this endlessly fascinating subject. I wish you well in pursuing this interest.
Stuart
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