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Morgan Freeman Tells
"The Story of God"
Patheos on National Geographic's Emmy-Nominated Series

Morgan Freeman and National Geographic are on an international journey to answer the big questions about God and the nature of religious experience.

The Story of God, airing on the National Geographic Channel, seemed a perfect opportunity for Patheos writers to offer their own stories and ideas about the divine and its relation to existence. As Freeman explores topics such as death, the apocalypse, creation, evil, and heaven and hell, we come along for the ride—providing a collection of reflections and commentary as we evaluate some of the greatest mysteries of life.


Behind "The Story of God"

Driven by Mystery: An Interview with the Producers of “The Story of God”

Driven by Mystery: An Interview with the Producers of “The Story of God”

Wesley Baines

In an interview, star and producer of “The Story of God,” Morgan Freeman, as well as producers Lori McCreary James Younger, weigh in on the singular purpose of their work.

Season 2: Proof of God

The Proof is in Pluralism

The Proof is in Pluralism

Padma Kuppa

Proof of God is found in the multitude of ways people of various cultures and traditions seek and find evidence of the divine.

Defining Moments

Defining Moments

Kristina ElSayed

Turning points in history often coincide with turning points in our religious journeys.

The Story of God: Proof of the Divine

The Story of God: Proof of the Divine

Chris Williams

The more we explore the universe and the deeper we go down the rabbit hole of science, the more in awe we tend to be of how intricate this universe is.

Is There Anybody Out There?

Is There Anybody Out There?

Paul Asay

The show points to a beautiful but sometimes frustrating aspect of the religious experience: It’s incredibly, intensely personal. It can be really difficult for “outsiders” to understand.

Proof of God

Proof of God

Ambaa Choate

The “still small voice” that the Bible mentions is the divinity within that Hinduism seeks.

Can Morgan Freeman Give Us Proof of God?

Can Morgan Freeman Give Us Proof of God?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The third and final episode may be the most controversial. It introduces viewers to people who claim to have experienced the Divine “up close and personal.”

God As Other

God As Other

Kerry Connelly

Can we actually prove God? Does the very existence of God demand faith?

Season 2: Heaven and Hell

Seeking Heaven on Earth

Seeking Heaven on Earth

Padma Kuppa

Perhaps what suits us best is to find heaven on earth – especially since belief in heaven and hell as absolutes is not as definitive as it used to be.

A Foretaste of Infinite Being: Heaven and Hell of the Present Life

A Foretaste of Infinite Being: Heaven and Hell of the Present Life

Farouk A. Peru

The concepts of heaven and hell in the Quran can refer to conditions in the present life as well as to the hereafter.

Finding Heaven in Hell

Finding Heaven in Hell

Paul Asay

What is heaven? What is hell? And how do they impact how we live right now?

Heaven, Hell, Hope, and Justice

Heaven, Hell, Hope, and Justice

Chris Williams

It’s one thing to intellectually discuss heaven and hell in Sunday School; it’s another to picture it as a reality.

Heaven In Cambodia

Heaven In Cambodia

Daniel Scharpenburg

Freeman travels to the jungles of Cambodia to a place called Angkor Wat (City of Temples), the large religious monument in the world.

Season 2: The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones: Parallels Across Traditions

The Chosen Ones: Parallels Across Traditions

Padma Kuppa

This episode left me with a healthy tension that allowed me to explore and deepen my own faith.

Ordinary People Called to do Extraordinary Things

Ordinary People Called to do Extraordinary Things

Paul Asay

When we find our purpose—when we discover what we were chosen for—most of us know it. We feel it in our marrow.

Reflecting on My Personal Story of God

Reflecting on My Personal Story of God

Kristina ElSayed

Asking questions, investigating the unknown, and becoming familiar to what is different or unique about people in the world opens doors. You can never go wrong by learning more.

Who Are the Chosen Ones?

Who Are the Chosen Ones?

Chris Williams

It's not that there's nothing special about us. It's that God chose to call every Christian to something special. Maybe if we realized that, we wouldn't be so angry.

Reincarnated Teachers

Reincarnated Teachers

Daniel Scharpenburg

Finding the new incarnations of dead teachers is important in Tibetan Buddhism. But some Buddhist sects reject the idea of reincarnation entirely.

Why I Reject The Narrative of a Chosen One

Why I Reject The Narrative of a Chosen One

Farouk A. Peru

In Quranist Islam, the Prophet is seen as an ordinary person and not the chosen one.

Are There

Are There "Chosen Ones" in Hinduism?

Ambaa Choate

Every one of us has a duty to raise our souls to a higher place. Without that, the rest of life is meaningless.

Mothering the Chosen Ones

Mothering the Chosen Ones

Kerry Connelly

Does God really only choose men? Or does society only choose to see the men that God has chosen, and not the women?

Season 1: The Power of Miracles

Seeking Miracles, Near and Far

Seeking Miracles, Near and Far

Lori Erickson

"The real miracle is realizing that you're connected to everything around you."

Are Miracles Real? Just Look Around

Are Miracles Real? Just Look Around

Paul Asay

Miracles, by their very nature, are difficult to buy into. But I believe in them all the same.

Why I Don't Expect a Miracle

Why I Don't Expect a Miracle

Chris Williams

When you grow up in a culture that downplays miracles, you probably won't see many.

Miracles in the Eastern Traditions

Miracles in the Eastern Traditions

Padma Kuppa

It is Morgan Freeman who has the final word: "Miracles give us hope... They drive us to create reality out of possibility..."

Do Buddhists Believe in Miracles?

Do Buddhists Believe in Miracles?

Justin Whitaker

"Let's stick to the real miracle, which is to transform the human mind."

Season 1: Why Does Evil Exist?

Where Does Evil Come From?

Where Does Evil Come From?

Nancy Rockwell

American culture is obsessed by evil at present, seeking to destroying evildoers, throw out illegal immigrants, execute killers, and get revenge.

We Are Badly Broken

We Are Badly Broken

Chris Williams

We have a hard time relating to Superman because we know we're not him. We turn to the antiheroes because we recognize the brokenness inside.

The Devil Inside

The Devil Inside

Paul Asay

We're flawed creatures living in a flawed world, and while none of us are wholly evil, none of us are entirely good, either.

Evil: Dichotomy or Complexity?

Evil: Dichotomy or Complexity?

Padma Kuppa

For Hindus, the cycle of birth and rebirth encompasses all of reality. There is no original starting point for evil—nor is there anything in the universe which is absolutely good or absolutely evil.

A Buddhist Perspective on Evil

A Buddhist Perspective on Evil

Justin Whitaker

In Buddhism one is taught not only to give up evil deeds, but also good ones.

Of the Relativity of Evil

Of the Relativity of Evil

Farouk A. Peru

In the struggle to overcome evil we dig deep within ourselves and ultimately become compassionate human beings.

Season 1: Creation

What Do Creation Stories Give Us?

What Do Creation Stories Give Us?

Kyle Roberts

Creation stories, mythologies about origins, give us a fixed point, a steady place from which to stand, an identity in a world of flux.

As It Was In the Beginning: Stories of Wonder and Possibility

As It Was In the Beginning: Stories of Wonder and Possibility

Nancy Rockwell

What is essential is our wonder and gratitude that we are here at all. On this, science and religions are in agreement.

Buddhism on Creation

Buddhism on Creation

Justin Whitaker

Perhaps creation created itself, perhaps it didn't. Perhaps God knows. Eh, maybe not.

Can the Big Bang and Genesis Both Be True?

Can the Big Bang and Genesis Both Be True?

Paul Asay

Even if science can someday definitively answer the what and where and how of creation, only religion dares touch the why.

My Evolving Views on Creation

My Evolving Views on Creation

Chris Williams

One of the hardest things to admit is "I don't know." But that's where I stand on the creation/evolution question.

Morgan Connects to God, But Is There More?

Morgan Connects to God, But Is There More?

Brian Pennington

I know he didn't mean to, but last night, Morgan Freeman tripped over one of my major pet peeves. Not once, but a dozen times.

Prose vs. Poetry in Creation

Prose vs. Poetry in Creation

Kate O'Hare

In trying to link the scientific story of the Big Bang to stories of creation, including Genesis, Morgan Freeman misses the point of prose vs. poetry.

The Hindu Story of Creation: Which One?

The Hindu Story of Creation: Which One?

Padma Kuppa

There is no single scripture that starts with "In the Beginning," that one can liken to the Book of Genesis that Christians have.

Season 1: Who Is God?

Is Your God as Friendly as Joel Osteen's?

Is Your God as Friendly as Joel Osteen's?

Kyle Roberts

The drama of apocalyptic terror switches into a peaceful meditation on God.

Searching for God

Searching for God

Lori Erickson

On my travels around the world, I keep coming across new facets on the divine diamond. Here are some places where I've seen God.

Who Is God?

Who Is God?

Chris Williams

Like the rocking of the ocean, like the thrumming of peepers in spring evenings, the question "Who is God?" is a bass note rhythm in the midst of life.

Thou Are the Joy of All Joyous Things

Thou Are the Joy of All Joyous Things

Nancy Rockwell

Like the rocking of the ocean, like the thrumming of peepers in spring evenings, the question Who Is God? is a bass note rhythm in the midst of life.

Pluralism Is the Answer

Pluralism Is the Answer

Padma Kuppa

It is this ancient, inclusive and inherent pluralism of Hinduism that gives me the answer to "Who is God?"

Can We Ever Know God? Answer: Sorta

Can We Ever Know God? Answer: Sorta

Paul Asay

As fascinating as the question is, what we know about God isn't nearly as important as our belief that He knows us.

Who Is God? Depends on How You Ask the Question

Who Is God? Depends on How You Ask the Question

Kate O'Hare

The nature of God gets a cursory examination in an episode that gives short shrift to Christianity.

Season 1: Apocalypse

Leaving Rapture Culture Behind

Leaving Rapture Culture Behind

Chris Williams

I think most evangelicals go through a Rapture obsession.

A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam

A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam

Guest Contributor

A pastor, an imam, and a rabbi talk together about the Apocalypse, the End of Days.

The Pros and Cons of Apocalyptic Terror

The Pros and Cons of Apocalyptic Terror

Kyle Roberts

People are fascinated by the end of the world. But why?

The End of the World as I Know It

The End of the World as I Know It

Farouk A. Peru

The apocalypse is a lot deeper and a lot closer than we think. It is a momentous event of destruction and renewal.

Apocalypse, Rebirth, or Self-Realization?

Apocalypse, Rebirth, or Self-Realization?

Padma Kuppa

Perhaps, the idea of global destruction with a wrathful and frightening end time has no meaning when each of us realizes that God is the Self.

Morgan Freeman on Apocalypse

Morgan Freeman on Apocalypse

Nancy Rockwell

I'm still working at understanding darkness, and especially, endings. There is so much pain in loss, especially when cultures, cities, dreams, die.

Apocalypse: One of Religion's Scariest Words

Apocalypse: One of Religion's Scariest Words

Lori Erickson

It's one of religion's thorniest concepts. And it's found in cultures throughout the world.

Season 1: Beyond Death

What Happens After We Die? An Islamic Perspective

What Happens After We Die? An Islamic Perspective

Mehdia Tariq

Islam also believes in achieving eternal peace not only in this life but also the life after death.

National Geographic Debuts a Very Familiar

National Geographic Debuts a Very Familiar "Story of God"

Brian K. Pennington

Religious literacy is a massive national problem in the U.S. If National Geographic can enlist the "Voice of God" to make tiny inroads, maybe I should cut them a break.

"The Story of God" With Host and Guide Morgan Freeman

Sister Rose

The series is beautiful, like a lustrous film version of an issue of the glossy National Geographic magazine.

Morgan Freeman's Story of God

Morgan Freeman's Story of God

Nancy Rockwell

Freeman has set himself a world-wide journey of discovery—asking questions and listening to the personal answers that each religion has to offer.

For Immortality, Is it Enough to be Remembered?

For Immortality, Is it Enough to be Remembered?

Kyle Roberts

It's a question raised, brilliantly, by Morgan Freeman in the first episode of his National Geographic documentary, The Story of God.

Morgan Freeman Explores

Morgan Freeman Explores "The Story of God"

Craig Detweiler

On the heels of Holy Week, National Geographic presents The Story of God, an ambitious, expansive six-part series hosted by Morgan Freeman.

The Story of God Video Gallery

A Pastor, an Imam, and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar...
A Pastor, an Imam, and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar...
They talk together about the Apocalypse, the End of Days.
The Story of God Trailer
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c.