Atheism spreads from books to TV…

On the heels of so many books by non-believers, we now get a three-part TV documentary about the history of non-belief.

“A Brief History of Disbelief,”:http://www.abriefhistoryofdisbelief.org/ produced by the BBC, will begin airing on WNET in NY on Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 p.m. (atheism doesn’t get prime time, it seems).

vid3.jpgThe series was written and narrated by British intellectual Jonathan Miller (that’s him), who is described as “author, lecturer, TV producer/host, director of theater, opera and film, and neurologist.”

“This series is about the disappearance of something: religious faith,” Miller says in the opening. “It’s the story of what is often referred to as ‘atheism,’ the history of the growing conviction that God doesn’t exist.”

In part one, Miller visits Ground Zero to “consider the religious implications of 9/11 and meets Arthur Miller and the philosopher Colin McGinn.”

You can watch Bill Moyers interview Miller “here.”:http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05042007/watch3.html

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.