We visited 22 countries around the globe to ask everyday people six big questions. Who is God? What happens after we die? Where do we come from? Where does evil come from? Do you believe in miracles? How will the world end?
In the Street Spirituality web series, people from all walks of life share their answers to these six timeless mysteries, from creation to the apocalypse, beginning with a tough one: Who is God?
Watch: Street Spirituality: Who is God?
The Street Spirituality video series complements the upcoming global television event, The Story of God, a six-part international documentary series that follows Morgan Freeman around the globe as he ventures to understand some of the most ambitious questions in the history of humanity. From analyzing the mystery of creation and the root of evil to the true power of miracles and the promise of resurrection, these unknown entities are what lead to such deep faith and ritual in all corners of the world. In an attempt to figure out why we believe what we do, he will traverse the worlds of religion, neuroscience, cosmology, theology, archaeology and beyond to realize the influences of faith and worship on the human experience.
In some places, he will find answers; in others, more questions. But in the grand sweep through millennia of history, Morgan Freeman will shed light on the trickiest questions in our current geopolitical landscape. It will lead him to the Pyramids of Giza, the Mayan Ruins, Buddha’s Bodhi Tree, the Western Wall, Vatican City and beyond on one epic quest to learn how religion has transformed the evolution of society.
The first episode tackles a question spanning science, time and faith–what happens when we die? All we know for sure is that your body stops working. But the hope for life beyond death seems to be a nearly universal instinct, no matter how you view it, leading us to question what lies beyond the other side? Is there an afterlife? Can death be reversible? What does the digital age mean for our minds after our bodies have left the physical world? As obsessed as humans are with origin stories, we save our most fervent hopes and expectations for where we might spend eternity. From Egypt to Mexico to Jerusalem, Morgan sets out to discover how belief in the afterlife has changed through the ages, how one man’s death might allow eternal life for all, and how the desire for immortality has driven science to try and capture the soul, transcending beyond the realm of religion.
You can embark on your own virtual journey to undertake the questions that have puzzled, terrified, and inspired us; and explore traditions, rituals, and beliefs all related to death and what lies beyond it with interactive maps, excerpts from National Geographic Magazine, photo essays, video extras, and more.
The Story of God premieres globally Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c on National Geographic Channel.