Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

Atheism: Jonathan Miller's 'A Brief History of Disbelief' (Online BBC Documentary)

A three-part BBC TV (UK) documentary on atheism hosted by Google since August 11th, 2006: Program Title "A Rough History of Disbelief" but more commonly known as "Jonathan Miller's A Brief History of Disbelief" (Director: Richard Denton*; Running time: 3 hours approx)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3 not currently available :(

Wikipedia: "The series includes extracts from interviews with various academic luminaries including Arthur Miller, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion: Amazon UK | US), Steve Weinberg, Colin McGinn, Denys Turner and Daniel Dennett (Breaking the spell: Religion as natural phenomenon: UK | US). The series also includes many readings from the works of atheist, agnostic and deist thinkers, read by Bernard Hill, and has an original percussion score by Evelyn Glennie."

Text extracts from the BBC website:

Shadows of Doubt: "Jonathan Miller visits the absent Twin Towers to consider the religious implications of 9/11 and meets Arthur Miller and the philosopher Colin McGinn..." Watch the video here.

Noughts and Crosses: "With the domination of Christianity from 500 AD, Jonathan Miller wonders how disbelief began to re-emerge in the 15th and 16th centuries..." Watch the video here.

The Final Hour: "The history of disbelief continues with the ideas of self-taught philosopher Thomas Paine, the revolutionary studies of geology and the evolutionary theories of Darwin..." Watch the video here.

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Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller biographies: Amazon UK | US; Answers.com entry.

*Richard Denton also directed the recent BBC TV documentary "Did Jesus Die?"

Also see "'The Atheism Tapes': Extended conversations with Dawkins, Dennett, Weinberg, etc. (Video)".

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