The second season of CNN's "Finding Jesus" is expected to attract the attention of believers and skeptics as it tries to provide new insights about the historical Jesus.
"Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery," which premiered on CNN on Sunday, is aimed at giving the viewers an opportunity to "relive Jesus' journey throughout the ancient world, the impact of His ministry, early church history."
The series captivated the faith community when it first premiered last year. The first season featured well-known pastors, theologians, and scholars who examined famous religious artifacts to shed light on the places and people who had an encounter with Jesus.
In the second season, the hit series will explore the childhood home of Jesus, the tomb of King Herod, the bones of St. Peter, the relics believed to shed light on the apostle Thomas, the Pilate stone and the tomb of Lazarus.
Reverend A.R. Bernard, one of the pastors featured in the second season of the series, said that the program is not only for religious viewers.
"There are a lot of people who are still seeking Jesus," he told Townhall. "He is the most debated figure in the last 2,000 years. And people are still trying to make sense of it and the Christian religion," he added.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Bernard encouraged Christians to engage in conversations with people who hold different opinions. He said that films like "Finding Jesus" could present an opportunity to start conversations with people who do not believe in Christ.
"That conversation especially on a platform like CNN is taken into the marketplace and discussions take place throughout are some results. Some unresolved, but at least there's a conversation going on," he said.
The series includes commentaries from leading theologians and Christian leaders such as Erwin McManus (MOSAIC, Los Angeles), Father James Martin, SJ (Author, Jesus: A Pilgrimage), Bishop Minerva Carcaño (United Methodist Church) as well as people who do not believe in the historical Jesus.
"Finding Jesus" was inspired by the book of the same name by award-winning journalist and filmmaker David Gibson, co-authored by Michael Mckinley. The official website of the series provides clips and sermon outlines for pastors and group discussions.