Faith & Doubt: Science and Religion in the Search for Truth

Have you ever asked yourself, “Does God exist? Does the universe have a purpose? Do we have free will? Do our lives really matter?” In many ways, this film is an attempt to answer those questions. It’s an attempt built upon the ideas of many prominent scientists, philosophers, and theologians whose collective writings suggest that science is a wonderful untapped resource for religious belief.

Science offers an objective understanding of the universe that can be shared across cultures. It provides a universal language and Creation story from which to begin our interfaith dialogues. Certainly, science can’t give us the whole underlying story, but it provides a common reference point that can orient us in a profitable direction as we search for these deeper truths.

The film begins by exploring how we go about seeking truth and acquiring knowledge. It suggests that science and religion actually share an overall method for doing this, although they assimilate and validate knowledge in different ways. The film then examines some of the underlying assumptions that ground our scientific understanding of reality, in which quantum physics and biological evolution play a significant role. It affirms what science tells us, but questions how far science can take us in our quest for a complete understanding of reality.

At this point the film ventures into religious, or better, theological knowledge and attempts to integrate and interpret this understanding with the scientific knowledge presented previously. For the goal is not to compartmentalize Truth, but rather to compound it through a convergence of what we can know objectively and what we can experience subjectively.

In short, the film is a methodically laid out hypothesis. You’ll have plenty to analyze, agree with, and reject along the way, but ultimately you’ll want to evaluate the argument as a whole.

-David Wollert (Writer & Director)

"FAITH & DOUBT is a remarkable introduction to the question of scientific and religious belief. In an age of science, this film asks, can religion be considered truthful? I will not reveal how this approachable film answers these questions. I want as many viewers as possible to follow the suspenseful line of reasoning it sets forth—so that they will make up their own minds. What I can say, without spoiling the effect, is that this intellectually lively film opens our minds to a whole new way of approaching its topic.

Anyone who follows the intellectual journey this film maps out will never be able to look at the relationship between science and religion the same way again."

-Dr. John Haught, Georgetown University

  • David Wollert
    Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin
  • David Wollert
    Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin
  • David Wollert
    Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin
  • Ron Masa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Science, Religion, Spirituality, Evolution, Culture, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Quantum Physics, Faith, Doubt
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • North Carolina Film Awards

    President's Award
  • Louisville International Festival of Film
  • Direct Short and Documentary Film Festival
Director Biography - David Wollert

David Wollert is Associate Professor of Biology at Chattanooga State. A microscope under the Christmas tree at age ten helped steer him towards a career in science, but he always had a passion for filmmaking. A strong interest in the science and religion dialogue led him to produce his first documentary film, Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin. The film won praise from reviewers as it challenged the traditional boundary lines between science and religion. Faith & Doubt goes a step further offering an integrated view of both world religion and modern science.

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