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The Film — The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
Who is God? Where did we come from? Why does evil happen? Are miracles real? What happens when we die? These questions can be puzzling, terrifying, even inspirational.
That’s why Executive Producers Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary set out on this global journey — to explore different cultures and religions, on the ultimate quest to uncover the meaning of life, the question of God, and everything in between. They are proud to bring you this story in a series of six episodes for National Geographic and share their findings on how faith has shaped our lives and influenced the evolution of our society.
Religion has changed throughout the course of civilization, dividing as much as inspiring. But even in our current geopolitical landscape, their experiences in nearly 20 cities— in seven different countries—shed a brilliant light on the remarkable and unmistakable similarities among different faiths, even those that historically have been at odds or seem to stand in stark contrast to one another. Morgan Freeman traveled almost 100,000 miles to trace the origins of the great world religions. He visited sacred sites—a Maya temple in Guatemala, the ghats of Varanasi in India, Vatican City in Rome, the pyramids of Egypt, and more. He interviewed monks and monsignors, imams and rabbis, scientists and scholars. The result is a survey of themes that these religions share. They all ask the same great questions, but may answer those great questions in a variety of ways.
Teaching about world religions makes some teachers uncomfortable, but it is an important element of social studies classes such as world history, Advanced Placement World History, and Advanced Placement Human Geography. Moreover, it is an important part of any citizen’s education. As the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) said in a position paper:
“Public schools can and should do more to take religion seriously in a world where religion— for better and for worse—plays a critical role in shaping events at home and abroad.”
This curriculum guide has been prepared for use in secondary classrooms to help students understand more about the history and belief systems of the five major living religions the viewer encounters in the series: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each lesson extends over several days and incorporates information about the history of the religion, its major beliefs, its founder if one is identifiable, and more. Each lesson is free-standing and can be incorporated into your curriculum where appropriate. Each uses clips from episodes of the series The Story of God, With Morgan Freeman to illustrate important points. Each conforms to the guidelines outlined above and each is aligned with Common Core standards.
- Introduction to The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
- Lesson One: Hinduism
- Lesson Two: Buddhism
- Lesson Three: Judaism
- Lesson Four: Christianity
- Lesson Five: Islam
- Authors of this curriculum guide:
- Ryan Chamberlain
- Bengt Johnson
- Mary Anne Kovacs
- Marty Kushner
- Molly S. Lord-Garrettson