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Closer to Truth

Why Seek An Alternative God? (#1210)

God, if there is a God, a personal, conscious, all-powerful Supreme Being? Some offer radically different concepts of "God". [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Closer To Truth is the definitive series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God, a global journey in search of the vital ideas of existence. It is the most complete, compelling, and accessible series on Cosmos, Consciousness and God ever produced for television. Closer To Truth explores fundamental issues of universe, brain/mind, religion, meaning and purpose through intimate, candid conversations with leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers of all kinds. The shows are a rich visual experience, shot entirely on location in high definition with multiple cameras generating film-like production values. The visual lushness of the high definition, on-location productions, combined with the intriguing titles of the shows, builds audiences already interested in such perennial topics. Each 30-minute episode features four to seven of the world's foremost thinkers. The series as a whole features 128 such authorities in what we believe to be the most comprehensive and definitive treatment of these topics ever presented in visual or electronic media.

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  • What Causes Religious Belief? (#1307)

    Why are religions so pervasive, across diverse human cultures? If God exists, would God have made it so? But there are entirely natural reasons to expect the widespread belief in God. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • What Things Are Real? (#1308)

    Is the physical world real? Or an expression of consciousness. Is consciousness real? Or an illusion? Is there a spirit world? Many dismiss anything other than the physical. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • Free Will for Moral Responsibility? (#1309)

    Philosophers and brain scientists argue that our 'will' is less 'free' than we think. How do debates about free will impact morality and civil society, including the judicial system and legal... [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • What Can We Learn from Alternative Gods? (#1310)

    Novel concepts of God challenge theism-rejecting the God of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Is this 'heresy'? Or enlarging our vision of what the Ultimate can be like?" [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • Why God, Not Nothing? (#1311)

    To solve the great mystery 'Why does Anything At All Exist?', many invoke 'God'. But isn't God also 'Anything'? How could God be the reason why there is 'Something' rather than 'Nothing'? [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • Does God's Knowledge Ruin Free Will? (#1312)

    Since God (supposedly) knows everything and can never be wrong, including about future events, how could those future events not come to pass? If we cannot do other than what God knew prior, how... [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

  • What Limits God's Freedom? (#1313)

    If God is God, it seems impossible to limit God's freedom. But can God create a round square? Make 1+1=3? Do evil? Sin? Be brave. There seem to be many things that God cannot do. [26 minutes] TV-G Closed Captioning

Past Episodes

These episodes of Closer to Truth aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

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