Actor Morgan Freeman (pictured) will host and executive produce the series The Story of God for National Geographic Channel.
Due to air globally next year on NGC and Nat Geo Mundo, the series will follow the Oscar-winning actor as he travels the world experiencing religious rituals, shares his personal stories and seeks to understand questions around the existence of God through the lenses of science, history and anthropology.
Each episode will center on a different question related to God, such as the mystery of creation, miracles and the belief in resurrection. Freeman will visit religious sites – both ancient and modern – such as Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, Mayan temples, the Lakewood megachurch in Texas, Stonehenge and the 10,000-year-old ruins at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey.
He will also become a test subject in a science lab to examine how “the frontiers of neuroscience and cosmology are intersecting the traditional domain of religion,” the network said in a statement.
“Blending science, history, anthropology and personal experience, we’re harnessing the power of the National Geographic brand and our unparalleled global reach to tell a meaningful and awe-inspiring story of religion and spirituality, across disciplines and faiths,” said National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe in a statement.
“The story of God is one of the greatest mysteries and most important ideas in the world,” added Freeman. “For me, this is a personal and enduring quest to understand the divine, and I am humbled by the opportunity to take viewers along on this incredible journey.”