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This public television documentary series, hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, features on-camera conversations with a variety of recognized scholars, scientists, theologians and philosophers. Among the topics discussed with these experts include the nature, causes and size of the universe, whether multiple universes exist, descriptions of free will and consciousness, and such mysteries as uncovering the meaning of God and proof of this deity's existence.

PBS
18 Seasons, 232 Episodes
May 26, 2015
Documentary & Biography
8.5/10
Cast: Robert Lawrence Kuhn
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Closer to Truth Full Episode Guide

  • Is analytic theology for the better, clarifying beliefs? Or for the worse, undermining faith? How does it compare with philosophy of religion, biblical studies and exegesis, and systematic theology?

  • Hugh McCann, philosopher of action and advocate of God's absolute sovereignty, died in 2016. A few years earlier, we discussed God's radical, maximal nature.

  • Hubert Dreyfus, renowned philosopher of phenomenology, died in 2017. A few years earlier, we discussed consciousness, AI, God, creation, religion, body and soul, existence, and meaning of life.

  • Can the analytic enrich the theological, sharpening distinctions of doctrine? Can deep questions about God be addressed with methods and practices that are precise and rigorous?

  • Biology has big questions. What is life, language, race, gender, morality, wisdom, religion, extraterrestrial intelligence? A new field of inquiry seeks underlying structure and coherence.

  • To most physicists, mindless laws generated the universe. A few believe that a supreme being is the creator. But don't the discoveries of cosmology eliminate the need for supernatural causes?

  • What causes consciousness? Our inner sense of awareness is at once most mundane and most bizarre. No explanation makes sense. Here are three novel candidates for explaining consciousness.

  • The relationship between science and theology has easy conflicts and hard harmonies. Is consonance possible? What is consonance in science and religion that we should quest for it?

  • What could be more startling than many universes - multiple universes, innumerable universes, perhaps an infinite number of universes? But does the multiverse really exist?

  • Humankind has learned so much, so fast. What are the risks of scientific knowledge? Look to the future. Artificial intelligence. Genetic engineering. Benefits? Dangers?

  • How things start helps reveal what things are. How to conceive the beginning of the universe? What are latest theories? Are they all speculation? What's the recent evidence?

  • Lots of things exist. But what's truly fundamental? The challenge is to discern the minimum number of basic categories that explains the entirety of existence.

  • The observable universe may contain two trillion galaxies and there may be innumerable universes. Is there ultimate unification, a final theory? Search for deep harmony. Discern deep meaning.

  • Why is an observer key to quantum physics? Does the act of observation affect what exists and what happens in the external world? Why is Observation in the quantum world a mystery?

  • Huston Smith, world religion scholar and seeker of the Divine in diverse religions, died on December 30, 2016. We had the privilege of discussing God, spirit, soul, eternal life, judgment, existence.

  • To what kind of entity does the word "God" refer? What is this God that all worship or dismiss? What, supposedly, is God's nature? What are God's traits?

  • How to think about God rationally, logically, profoundly, critically? Have no illusion that metaphysics can find God, but can a kind of progress be made?

  • There is more to our mental lives than the current content of our awareness. Our subconscious affects what we sense, think, feel and do. How does the subconscious work its magic?

  • Religions offer life after death. Many people are skeptical. Evidence for post-mortem survival? Again, skeptics abound. Can death ever be defeated? Are these possible ways?

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