Third Testament, A

Aired Wednesday nights from November 13 to December 18, 1974. Repeated during the summer of 1975.

This series of six hour-long programs was written and presented by Malcolm Muggeridge, the famous British scholar, educator and writer.

A Third Testament was Muggeridge's examination of the lives of six men: St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, William Blake, Soren Kierkegaard. Leo Tolstoy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Muggeridge believed that these men had collectively written a newer testament to the ideas of faith and religion. His book, with the same title, also included Fyodor Dostoevsky. Ironically, Muggeridge considered himself an agnostic for most of his life. He died in 1990 at the age of 87.

The series was a co-production of the CBC, Nielsen-Ferns and Time-Life Films. It was produced by Richard Nielsen and directed by Pat Ferns or Jeremy Murray-Brown, who took Muggeridge to the various locations associated with the six men.

The series was produced in two versions, English and French, and earned international recognition.

Written by John Corcelli - September, 2005