More than fifty of the world's leading thinkers and activists, including Stephen Hawking , Mikhail Gorbachev, and Nobel Prize winner Wangai Maathai discuss problems facing our planet including global warming, mass species extinction, deforestation, and depletion of ocean habitats.
Want to learn of the ultimate secret of the Universe? Are we alone, or one of millions if not billions of intelligent life forms in existence in throughout the cosmos? Don't miss upcoming episodes of The Universe and the interactive companion website and video summaries on The History Channel.
The Universe is one of the most brillantly produced series in the history of public, or any other, television. History and science collide in this epic exploration of the Universe and its mysteries: "Robotic rovers give us eyes on the red rock of Mars--NASA probes slam into comets at hyper speed--deep-space telescopes capture violent images of the birth of stars and their collapse into black holes."
Don't miss this re-enactment of the presentation and public reactions to the original Mercury Theater on the Air broadcast of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, performed as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938. The live broadcast frightened many listeners into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. This film also explores the new view of now emerging from the results of probes to the planets.
With all the celebrity madness surrounding James Cameron's Lost Tomb of Christ, we thought it would make sense to provide a solid historical look at Christ, his life and resurrection in a conversation by Thomas Sheehan of Stanford University.
History provides facts and theology infuses facts with meaning. But theology ultimately depends on historical analysis. As both Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ and Cameron's Lost Tomb show, bad history will result in bad theology and anachronism.
Thomas Sheehan has been Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford since 1999. His books include: Becoming Heidegger (2006); The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity (1986); and Heidegger, the Man and the Thinker (1981).
Sheehan argues that Jesus thought of himself not as God or Christ but as God's eschatological prophet proclaiming God's kingdom, that the resurrection had nothing to do with Jesus coming back to life, and that the affirmation that Jesus was divine first arose among his followers long after his death. Employing the best of contemporary historical-critical scholarship, Sheehan paints a plausible picture of a very human Jesus who came to reform Judaism rather than to found Christianity, who met a tragic end at the hands of the Roman Empire, and who in a matter of decades was proclaimed by his followers to be Christ, Lord, and God. Posted by Casey Kazan (Get past the tacky intro and music, and it's clear sailing).