THE QUESTION OF GOD


Explore religious themes through the lives and works of C.S. Lewis, Sigmund Freud, and many other influential figures in these resources from THE QUESTION OF GOD. 

  • Lewis - "A Grief Observed" Transcript

    Miraculous joy followed by grief shakes the foundations of C.S. Lewis's faith. Learn about the final years of Lewis's life with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "The Promised Land" Transcript

    His final years filled with turmoil, a stoic Sigmund Freud steadfastly refuses any solace in religion. Learn about the final years of Freud's life with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "Defender of the Faith" Transcript

    C.S. Lewis gains fame through his wartime radio sermons and works of spiritual fiction. Learn about effect of war on Lewis's life with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "Civilization and Its Discontents" Transcript

    Distraught by war and personal loss, Sigmund Freud publishes his views on society's dangers and delusions. Learn about the effect of war on Freud's life with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "The Four Loves" Transcript

    C.S. Lewis explores the nature of divine love and finds kinship with other believers at Oxford. Learn about the intertwining of academic pursuits and religion in C.S. Lewis's life with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "Libido" Transcript

    Sigmund Freud's developing theories on sexual desire cause controversy among his peers. Learn about the theories of Freud's work with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "From Spirits to God"

    But how to worship? C.S. Lewis the reluctant convert gradually discovers faith in Jesus Christ. Learn about Lewis's religious views with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "Human Mythology" Transcript

    Sigmund Freud turns to humanity's archaic past to explain the longing for an "exalted father." Learn about Freud's religious views with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "A Leap in the Dark" Transcript

    At Oxford, troubled by his own once-fervent atheism, C.S. Lewis realizes and admits his will to believe. Learn about the path to relgious faith in the life of Lewis with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "Interpreter of Dreams" Transcript

    A young doctor in the age of Darwin, Sigmund Freud looks to the unconscious mind for clues to illness. Learn about the academic and professional life of Freud with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "School Days"

    The loneliness of boarding school and the brutality of war eventually drove C.S. Lewis to atheism. Learn about the academic life of Lewis with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "The Revelation of Science" Transcript

    At university, Sigmund Freud discovers science and a secular worldview, discarding religion for good. Learn about the academic life of Freud with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Lewis - "Surprised by Joy" Transcript

    "Jack's" idyllic boyhood is marred by his mother's death and his father's volatile grief. Learn about the early life of C.S. Lewis with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Freud - "Golden Child" Transcript

    Despite his upbringing, sudden poverty and early scientific encounters lead Sigmund Freud away from religion. Learn about the early life of Freud with this film transcript from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Question of God Introduction Transcipt

    Read the introduction of the film The Question of God, which explores the lives of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud in this transcript from WGBH.

    Grades: 9-12
  • An Interview with Catherine Tatge

    Read an interview with Catherine Tatge, the producer and director of the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • An Interview with Dr. Armand Nicholi

    Read an interview with Dr. Armand Nicholi, Harvard University professor and author of the The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life, from WGBH.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Question of God: Program Synopsis

    All over the world, people are asking the same questions: Why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? What does it mean to be happy? Is there such a thing as evil? Does God really exist? To explore these questions WGBH and PBS present, The Question of God, an emotional and intellectual journey into the meaning of life.

    Grades: 9-12
  • From A Grief Observed, Chapters I, II, & III

    "Oh, God, God, why did you take such trouble to force this creature out of its shell, if it's now doomed to crawl back - to be sucked back - into it?" Read an excerpt from C.S Lewis's work in this text from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12
  • From The Four Loves, Chapter VI

    "Divine gift love in a man enables him to love what is not naturally lovable - lepers, criminals, enemies, morons, the sulky, the superior, and the sneering." Read an excerpt from C.S Lewis's work in this text from the WGBH production, The Question of God.

    Grades: 9-12

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