- philosopher Colin McGinn
- philosopher Daniel Dennett
- physicist Steven Weinberg
- Arthur Miller,
- Richard Dawkins
- theologian Denys Turner
They have some brief clips online, if you want to get a flavor.
Funnily enough, I actually enjoyed Colin McGinn's piece the most. Funny because I'm usually not a great fan of philosophers. He discussed the ontological argument for God - ie an argument from reason alone, rather than from any actual verifiable evidence. You might know what I would think of an argument that is not supported by any verifiable evidence - not much. The way McGinn explains it, the argument is that God must exist because of the way God is defined. That sounds to me like circular reasoning. If you click the link above you'll find several versions of the argument, none exactly the way McGinn describes it, and none making any sense to me. The argument sounds like pure sophistry.
A more interesting point was McGinn's rebuttal of the "no morals without God" drivel we've all heard before. McGinn says that "do not steal" is obviously a good rule, we all know we shouldn't steal, and God tells us not to steal, so God is right. But supposing God said "it's OK to kill", would we then think it was OK to kill? Answer - no of course we wouldn't. We would, in that instance, say God was wrong. In fact, God does say "don't kill", but we knew that already - we knew God was right because we already knew it, not because God just told us, so obviously we don't get our morality from God. Christopher Hitchens made the same point but in a slightly different way. He said something like, do you really think humans thought it was OK to kill and steal, before Moses came down from the mountain with his tablets? "Oh, you mean we shouldn't kill? OK, right got it. Thanks - didn't realize."
The other interviews are all interesting. Miller, for example, gives an insight into what it was like growing up Jewish in Brooklyn in the early 1900s.
The producers say they will donate $3 from the sale of each DVD set to the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) to support Specialist Jeremy Hall's case and the constitutional right of soldiers for freedom from religion. Hall is the atheist soldier who was sent home from Iraq as protection, after receiving threats from other soldiers because of his atheism. Funny, you'd think if he offended anyone, the Christian soldiers would just forgive him. But apparently they didn't. Anyway, the MAFF needs all the support it can get on this issue, and the donation to this cause is worthwhile in addition to what you get on the DVDs.