Heads up: Tonight’s film, as you can guess from the title, deals with the the idea of God. If you have inchoate hostility towards religions(s) or an overwhelming need to be nasty about/towards those who either believe in or question the concept of God, and can’t manage to frame things politely, kindly refrain from posting.
I believe that every major and minor world culture exists as we know it today because of humanity’s myriad and varied concepts of God, reacting to and against prevailing norms in belief systems. Art, architecture, law, literature, music, philosophy, wars are all reactions to the Divine. Whether the group examined is a tribe in the Amazon or sophisticated city dwellers, you will see in their lives and environment the influence of beliefs. We cannot escape the affects of faith, the positive and the negative.
The earliest Neanderthal grave sites discovered were sprinkled with pollen and clay; tools are have been found next to the skeletons. Anthropologists and archaeologists speculate these graves show a cognition of death and possibly a belief in the afterlife. From there one can extrapolate a belief in some greater power.
But what is that power? What is this that we call God? That others call God? Did God create man or man create God? Camera in hand, writer/director Peter Rodger traveled across continents to discover how others viewed God and why. Along the way he visited Sir Bob Geldof, Ringo Starr, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Seal, and Hugh Jackman, as well as schoolchildren, religious men and women, philosophers, and gun dealers to learn how people across the globe view God and religion.
Overwhelmingly answers came back from individuals: God and religion are not necessarily the same thing; religion causes problems; and maybe this God thing isn’t a completely external force but an expression of who relate to each other and the world. Even more weird is seeing how people who are technically monotheists–Christians and Muslims–are actually polytheists, believing that their God is not the same God worshiped in other monotheistic faiths. Boggles my mind, God bless ’em.