Atheism – A Brief History of Disbelief | BBC

by Alex

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One of the first ever programs to explore the history of Atheism. Very, very cool. Narrated by Jonathan Miller

Episode 1 – Shadows of Doubt – 60 Minutes

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Jonathan Miller visits the absent Twin Towers to consider the religious implications of 9/11 and meets Arthur Miller and the philosopher Colin McGinn. He searches for evidence of the first ‘unbelievers’ in Ancient Greece and examines some of the modern theories around why people have always tended to believe in mythology and magic.

Episode 2 – Noughts and Crosses – 60 Minutes

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With the domination of Christianity from 500 AD, Jonathan Miller wonders how disbelief began to re-emerge in the 15th and 16th centuries. He discovers that division within the Church played a more powerful role than the scientific discoveries of the period. He also visits Paris, the home of the 18th century atheist, Baron D’Holbach, and shows how politically dangerous it was to undermine the religious faith of the masses.

Episode 3 – The Final Hour – 60 Minutes

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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. Jonathan Miller looks at the Freudian view that religion is a ‘thought disorder’. He also examines his motivation behind making the series touching on the issues of death and the religious fanaticism of the 21st century.

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Posted on Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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Terrell C. July 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

Just got done with the first episode. This is really good program, considering all the stigma atheists have to face.

Alex July 26, 2009 at 12:32 pm

@Terrell – glad you liked it :)

Shane July 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Really great! Thanks for posting this.

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