When I received the email with the subject line, “CNN new original series ‘Finding Jesus’ blends science and archeology to offer fascinating insights into well-known biblical relics,” I assumed CNN was the acronym for the Christian News Network (or something like that) squeezed between EWTN and TBN on the basic cable package.
Turns out CNN is that CNN, one of the world’s leading 24-hour news organizations. They are airing a new series on Jesus? My first reaction contained a lot of skepticism, but I trust the marketing agency who sent the screener my way, so I decided to give Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery a fair shake.
The first episode explores an archeological piece, the Shroud of Turin, and its proof of Jesus’ existence, his death, and his resurrection. I’ve watched it three times now, and I find the discussion fascinating. Certainly, the series is intended for a secular audience, but the two adults here at Das Schmidt Haus enjoyed the first episode. I’m hopeful the series just may whet the collective appetite and lead curious souls closer to Jesus through their own personal reflection and continued reading.
The series is part documentary exploring the marvelous and mysterious artifacts emanating from the world of the Bible, and a thrilling and emotional drama, examining the Gospel characters and stories connected to these artifacts — the baptism, the betrayal, the Passion, the Resurrection and after. Father James Martin provides commentary and insights throughout the series.
The six-week series airs on CNN this Sunday, March 1, 9pm ET/PT, with new episodes following on subsequent Sundays. Here’s the teaser trailer.