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Freeman questions God

2010-06-08 09:12

New York - Actor Morgan Freeman didn't shy away from tough questions for his new Science Channel series about space exploration. On Wednesday's first episode he asks, "Was there a Creator?"

The question, as with most of the topics he discusses on the eight-episode series, is more likely to lead to more questions than it is to answers.

"What we're learning is we don't know a lot more than we do know," said Freeman, whose lifelong fascination with astronomy and space travel coincided with the Science Channel's effort to attract more attention with the help of celebrities who bring a passion to their hobbies.

The Academy Award winner hosts and narrates the series, Through the Wormhole, and it was made by his production company.

Scientists are tapped to address issues like what happened before the creation of the universe, what dark matter is doing to the galaxies, whether time travel will someday be possible, what intelligent life might exist beyond Earth and how life began on Earth.

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The idea of a God that created the universe is hard for many scientists to deal with, but one that some turn to when not everything they see is explained by the complex mathematical equations used to prove theories.

"It is hard for me to get my mind wrapped around the idea that there is an extra, corporal - shall we say, intelligence - that controls everything," Freeman said.

Freeman is intrigued by the speed of light and how and why light travels. The idea of time travel is another interest, although the actor isn't sure whether he'd like to go backward or forward.

Similarly, he'd love to travel in space someday. But he doesn't want to just go for a ride.

"I'd like to have a destination," he said. "And I'd like that destination being a foreign land where there are things we could possibly communicate with. Just wandering around out there - you might as well be out in the ocean trying to swim."

The issues discussed in Through the Wormhole are "heady stuff", but they're presented in an entertaining way, said Debbie Myers, the network's general manager. That's one of Myers' chief goals, to break through the stuffy and dry reputation of science programming.

Whoopi Goldberg is doing a science-related game for the network that is due this year. Will Smith is also hoping to boost the network's Young Scientist Challenge.

Freeman, who won an Oscar in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby, brought a common touch to the complex stories on his series, Myers said.

"Morgan is kind of the everyman," she said. "He has a love for science, but he's not a scientist, and he's a great storyteller."

Comments
  • janet - 2010-06-08 09:39

    Shame Morgan, I cannot imagine how you cannot believe in God... There are so many facts to His Existence. Just look.. you will See... I pray for you.

  • Jac7 - 2010-06-08 09:41

    Anything he narrates is worth watching. Heck, anything he is involved in is worth a go. If Morgan Freeman was the spokesperson for Nasa, we would've colonised the moon and Mars by now. Morgan, you are the one true "Free Man."

  • GT - 2010-06-08 09:51

    Well done Mr Freeman. Once you have thought and reason, the need for blind faith vanishes and along with it the bronze age superstition invented by shepherds and epileptics.


  • John - 2010-06-08 09:55

    "What we're learning is we don't know a lot more than we do know,"

    Duh?!?. I would argue that we don't anything other than what we know.

  • Hawkeye - 2010-06-08 09:59

    God exists wherever science has not yet cast enlightenment. It's called leaving a "gap" for God.

  • Gawie Botha - 2010-06-08 10:03

    Human beings can create anything from something! The "Creator" created everything from nothing!..and I call him God the Creator!

  • Marcel - 2010-06-08 10:04

    "What we're learning is we don't know a lot more than we do know"....really ? What a nonsensical statement to make. Come on.

  • Jana - 2010-06-08 10:11

    You can tell Freeman not to try and imagine how big God is because he will definitely fail.....God is bigger than our thoughts, so don't try and question/imagine how big God is.....God is Almighty don't try to make fun or question him - one will regret it....

  • di - 2010-06-08 10:11

    I would say that Mr Freeman quite clearly knows that there is an all powerful being who is in charge and the more he searches the more he will discover that there is a God. the fool has said in his heart, 'there is no God'

  • RvdM - 2010-06-08 10:18

    Wasn't Morgan's first mistake taking on a role as God in bruce almighty? Now this, wow, brave man!

  • So Funny - 2010-06-08 10:22

    Must be bad if you acting career is going down the drain and suddenly you are being hailed as being a great representative. It is called spin. So good luck Morgan because it is not original, see the benefits your fellow actors got from trying to play god. Go ask Tommy and Johnny. At least when you are the laughing stock you can become a comedian..

  • As is - 2010-06-08 10:27

    It's great that questions are being asked in the series, I have no doubt that it will inspire people to peruse anwsers. What I do know is that you can't hid Magnificence forever, one day science will be able to also prove the existence of God. Thanks Morgan for leading the search.

  • pb - 2010-06-08 10:29

    what a great quote "Once you have thought and reason, the need for blind faith vanishes and along with it the bronze age superstition invented by shepherds and epileptics." i agree 100% religeon is holding our civilazations captive in fear and believe in some higher unseen unheard being which exists in books and storys from 100s of years ago which we believe because everyone else believes in them. Science will set people free.

  • Bullit - 2010-06-08 10:31

    What is so facinating is that scientists are trying to explore space and find out how we created. Yet there are so many unanswered quetions here on Earth. It is simple how can everything be so perfecton Earth taking away humans, how perfect and beautiful is a flower the insects the ocean the birds? The difference in everything creature and nature is. Nothing is the same. The are close resemblances to things but never the same. Now I ask why is that why has everything on the planet not created by man has it's purpose? Yet everything in space means absolutly nothing excluding the sun. The exact distance we are from it and how if we venture anywhere further than what we are suppose to we will sieze to excist? How perfect everything is on Earth and how all sickness can be cured by the things given to us on Earth. Yet man has been to the moon and have explored other planets through sattelite and their is no life there. How can only this planet have life and other don't have. Other galaxy's don't have planets with the exact distances from their sun's. How come only Earth is so perfect yet so small. Is that not enough proof that we are created for a special reason and not just excist out of nothing.

  • Pammy - 2010-06-08 10:36

    Of course there is a God. Nothing makes sense otherwise. The world is so beautiful and there is no scientist on earth who can convince me that there is no Supreme Being.

  • Candice Pillay - 2010-06-08 10:36

    How I long that the day comes sooner where every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!!!! Morgan Freeman - what a sad sad little man...

  • TRU BLUE - 2010-06-08 10:38

    Hey peeps - Please read the article. He never said he DOES NOT believe. He just said that it is gard getting his mind around the idea. Now as a Christian myself I believe and have faith....yet there are always some question. He is entitled to his.

  • joseph theeboom - 2010-06-08 10:40

    Since the beginning of time humans have needed someting to hang on to ,or believe in and they created all soorts of gods,and we have had nothing but wars about who,s god is the real one, we will never find that out. what i find strange is when something good happens they thank god, and when someting bad happens it is gods will,like the one survivor from an landslide who stated god wanted him to live, but aparently the other 3000 or so god wanted dead,that does not make much sence to me, he was just lucky and it had absolutly nothing to do with god ,i find it very child like to think like that, we will all find out when our sun burns out that god or no god we will all turn into dust and that will be the end and beginning of something new in the universe perhaps if there is a god, he or she or it might have had a gutfull of all the hatred and killing what humans have commited since they first came or were put on this planet.joseph

  • tubs - 2010-06-08 10:41

    gud for u mr freeman.i particularly like :"It is hard for me to get my mind wrapped around the idea that there is an extra, corporal - shall we say, intelligence - that controls everything.."and i think this is compunded further by institutions like religion.perhaps there is an intelligence outt here that created us-but it certainly should NEVER EVER be represented by an institution as perverted and prejudiced as religion. can't wait 2 c this series...

  • Amused - 2010-06-08 10:42

    Why o why is there ALWAYS a silly feud between the believers and the Sceptics & non-believers? Children, it's simple:(1) Faith is the act of believing in something FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PROOF OR EVIDENCE. So, daft as it is, it cannot be defeated by logic/reason. It JUST IS.(2) Science attempts to slowly understand and explain tiny, tiny slices of the Universe. It is a very slow process, but we do indeed progress. Science neither disproves existence of a "god" nor proves the same. So why do you always have to fire shots at each other? I cannot, for the life of me, accept that there is some mystical dude out there, playing about and doing "Creator Stuff". Sorry. Does not work for me. BUT (and a very big "BUT"), I utterly respect the rights of those who not only believe that there is a god/gods, but I will defend their right to hold such beliefs. Debate, discuss ... sure ... but please, don't patronize or insult each other.

  • @ Janet - 2010-06-08 10:42

    Where Janet? I look and see babies getting raped, genocide in wars all over the world.
    Even close at home take a guy like Angus Buchan, all those mighty men and most are still bigots and stand for everything contrary to what Christianity and all other religions purport to stand for.
    No my dear misguided person, there is no such thing as God. He is just a man made myth created by man to subjugate and oppress. Look at the catholic church, just an excuse for organised paedophilia. Islam commits atrocity yet claims to be a religion of love. Bah humbug.
    People cannot accept that we are actually meaningless in the whole universe so need to believe a god "created" us in his "image"
    To get a scale of the size of the universe and to see how insignificant we actually are have a look at: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/8Tm562/www.figurefeatures.com/the_size_of_space.html/r:f

  • Andries - 2010-06-08 10:45

    I also believe in God with all of my heart but please allow debate without trying to Bible Punch and critisice other views.

  • Helena - 2010-06-08 10:46

    Very upsetting that you can look at all the wonders and still think it is possible without God.

  • Freethinker - 2010-06-08 10:47

    Always interesting how cocksure religious people are that THEIR god is the TRUE god, that THEY know who/what/where this god is and what he/she/it wants. And yet, no-one, not even one person on this planet, has ever provided conclusive proof for the existence of a supreme being, let alone their specific incarnation of a "god"!
    Jahweh, Ra, Horus, Mithra, Allah - let them all die in that mass-grave we call mythology...

  • There there ... - 2010-06-08 10:48

    @So Funny - my, my, have we got the sour grapes today? Sadly, tho you are making yourself just such a "laughing stock", you're no comedian. Now, be good and go bite a traffic warden.

  • non believer - 2010-06-08 10:48

    Glad to see we can watch something about science and not the faerietale of adam and eve

  • Faith - 2010-06-08 10:49

    It takes more faith to believe in science and evolution, than to believe in creation, by God. God loves you Morgan

  • Rodney - 2010-06-08 10:51

    "It is hard for me to get my mind wrapped around the idea that there is an extra, corporal - shall we say, intelligence - that controls everything," Freeman said. This is a politically correct way of saying I don't believe in God. Anyone with proper thought reasoning knows theres no God. If you could reason with religious people they wouldn't be religious as someone once said.

  • Willem - 2010-06-08 10:54

    Look at all the christians coming out of the woodwork with their normal, hate-filled spiritual nonsense. If you need to believe that a jewish zombie magician created everything - fine. Keep it to yourself!!

  • Daemon@Janet - 2010-06-08 10:55

    "There are so many facts to His Existence"

    What facts? You have 'belief' that is supposed to not need facts, name one, testable empirical proof for gods existence

  • AG Nostic - 2010-06-08 10:56

    Why is it that the so called believers are so quick to judge those who are skeptical? Is that not God's place to deal with? Why do you(believers) feel YOU need to defend God?
    Now this man gets a lashing just cos he questions, how sad. I think scientists are the true believers and admirers of God, since they devote their time to understand this universe of ours and our place in it.

  • Willem@As is - 2010-06-08 10:58

    At last some enlightened words from a christian - if one day it is proven I will believe, until that day I prefer not to live a lie and worship something out of a bronze age myth

  • David - 2010-06-08 11:02

    So where is the scientific proof that there is no God??

  • Tebxa - 2010-06-08 11:03

    i just love how emotional religious people get about other people's opinions.They find all sorts of reasons not to be open minded and ask the questions that really matter.Im not saying religion is bad.As a matter of fact i think its very powerful and has a place in the world.I just wish our curiousity and purisuit for knowledge would be embraced without fear, favour or prejudice.Dont play the man. Play the ball.

  • Daemon@di - 2010-06-08 11:03

    Just one of the lies christians tell themselves to make them feel better about their nonsensical beliefs

  • JA - 2010-06-08 11:05

    God looks down from heaven and says, yes- my son died on the cross for you too and i am waiting for you to see my kingdom and my ways of righteous living!In the end your knee will also bow down to me.

  • skyfly - 2010-06-08 11:06

    And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence - Bertrand Russell

  • Thando - 2010-06-08 11:06

    Free man God is coming again and all eyes will see him, amen

  • Daemon@David - 2010-06-08 11:09

    The onus is on believers to prove god exists as believers claim his existence.

    Can you prove to me the flying spaghetti monster does not exist?

    I didn't think so. Use your brain!

  • @David - 2010-06-08 11:09

    The burden of proof is on those proposing that something does exist. Where's your proof that unicorns and Father Xmas don't exist? I believe they do. Prove me wrong.

  • Willem@Faith - 2010-06-08 11:10

    "It takes more faith to believe in science and evolution, than to believe in creation, by God"

    How do you figure that? Did your "dominee" tell you that? Science is science and does not require faith.

  • There there ... - 2010-06-08 11:11

    @David (11:02) - dearie, I think you have missed the point. Science does not seek to prove or disprove the existence of a god. It simply seeks to explain how stuff works (dumbed down, but I think you get the idea).

    Tsk.

  • Koos@Helena - 2010-06-08 11:12

    Its for that reason that you believe - because you are scared.

    Free your mind, its wonderful to be rid of that fear that you have when you believe. The ever-present threat of "believe, grovel and worship, or I roast you in hell!!!!"

  • Koos@Pammy - 2010-06-08 11:13

    Have you even tried to open your mind to other ideas than only to have this blind faith in god?

    Try it - rid yourself of the oppressive mental virus that is religion

  • Andrew - 2010-06-08 11:17

    @David. Science cannot totally discount the existence of a god, just as it cannot totally discount the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. But the lack of scientific proof for the existence of a god indicates that there is a high probability that there is no god. Sorry.

  • Uli - 2010-06-08 11:19

    If He-Man is the Master of the Universe, who is this God person, and why is he so unoriginal?

  • Daemon - 2010-06-08 11:21

    Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
    -Epicurus

    Christianity = The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree...

  • Stephan Janse van Vuuren - 2010-06-08 11:23

    David - Are you an idiot or something? Please provide scientific proof that Superman doesn't exist! Finnished matric did you? Claim your money back.

  • sandra - 2010-06-08 11:24

    Science is interesting... it discovers and invents from what already exists but science cannot necessarily explain what was before it became to what we know it as today. Sometimes you just need faith to believe in what you cannot see or not yet know

  • Dr Steve Brule - 2010-06-08 11:24

    @Jana, di, So Funny, Gawie, etc: What you are saying can only be a product of a few centuries of incest and religious paranoia, shampies is someone gonna smite me now.