VisionTV Asks: Who Was Jesus?

    VisionTV's Jesus: Faith, Fact or Fiction week, Nov. 12-17, explores
    scripture, science, scholarship

    Highlights include controversial Lost Tomb of Jesus, plus explosive new
    information that challenges the Lost Tomb findings

    TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Are faith and reason at odds?
    Professional atheists like authors Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and
Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great) say as much. But billions of religious
believers would beg to differ. In every spiritual tradition, there are those
who apply the gift of human intellect to the mysteries of faith.
    Jesus: Faith, Fact or Fiction, a week-long event on VisionTV, invites
viewers to think in new and challenging ways about the central figure in
Christian tradition.
    Throughout the week of Nov. 12, VisionTV presents documentaries and
feature films that pose the provocative question: Who was Jesus of Nazareth?
    What do Christians believe about Jesus? What do archaeology, history and
other scholarly disciplines have to tell us about him? Can these different
understandings ever be reconciled?
    VisionTV kicks off the week with a special rebroadcast of The Lost Tomb
of Jesus, a feature-length documentary that has outraged some Christians with
its startling claims about the life and death of Jesus - so much, in fact,
that its U.S. broadcaster, Discovery Channel, has acceded to intense public
pressure not to air the film again.
    In addition, VisionTV will broadcast two exclusive world premiere
documentaries that take a critical look at the findings of The Lost Tomb.
    Other highlights include the documentary Something About Mary Magdalene,
and the classic Hollywood Bible epic The Robe.
    The week's programming will also feature a series of segments created by
award-winning broadcaster Ralph Benmergui, in which prominent Canadians - from
rapper k-os to comic Mike Bullard - offer their views on Jesus.

    For complete programming details, please visit

    A discussion forum on the VisionTV Web site will give viewers the
opportunity to share their thoughts as well. Said Mark Prasuhn, VisionTV's
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice-President, Programming: "Christians
have asked searching questions about their faith for many centuries. There is
a long Christian tradition of rigorous theological scholarship and critical
inquiry. By drawing together programs that offer differing perspectives on
Jesus, I think we are giving viewers valuable new insight into Christian
thought: a cornerstone of our society's laws and institutions, our moral code,
our cultural values - indeed, of our entire Western civilization."

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For further information: David Todd, Media Relations Manager, Phone:
(416) 368-3194 ext. 207, Email:

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