A Third Testament: Malcolm Muggeridge

DVD Release: September 17, 1985
A Third Testament: Malcolm Muggeridge


“A Third Testament” is the highly praised television documentary presented by noted author and Christian apologist, Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), originally aired in 1974. This revealing documentary profiles six famous and unique men whose search for God forms a kind of modern testament to the reality of Christ.

Dove Review

“Malcolm Muggeridge’s: A Third Testament” features six men who have become a “third testament” or witness to Christ, due to their influence and/or writings. The following six names should sound pretty familiar: St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, William Blake, Soren Kierkegaard, Leo Tolstoy and, finally, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Muggeridge, the narrator, focuses on these men’s character and their search for God. For example, he mentions Augustine and how he played a big part in the shadow of the fall of the Roman Empire. This documentary also features biographies of the six men, their achievements, and their hardships and persecutions. For example, Bonhoeffer opposed Hitler and was hanged after surviving a concentration camp. The inspiring decisions of these very mortal men are the focal point of this series. “A Third Testament” also includes beautiful scenery, as Muggeridge walks through lush forests, near streams, and in several idealistic locations. Muggeridge reads the words of these giants of the faith, so that their spiritual influence carries on to the current generation of believers.

The viewer will know these six men much, much better after watching this series. Despite the thorough coverage of these six historical figures in 300 minutes, the film displays a great number of nude paintings and sculptures, featuring full frontal male and female nudity, in addition to a photo of a woman’s nude rear, shown along with a sign that says, “Porno.” Therefore, due to the vast number of incidents of nudity, we are awarding this film our Faith Based Seal, meaning it has a strong faith emphasis but contains some objectionable material.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: The mention of lust and sexual indulgence; a sex shop sign; men and women portrayed kissing in artwork; film shows a porno district with signs; the mention of a man who lived with his mistress for 15 years; man and woman kiss on street.
Language: The word "damnable" is used, referring to false doctrines.
Violence: Skulls on poles; artwork shows black nude slaves held in bondage by chains, tortured and suffering; a few paintings portraying war and battles.
Drugs: A comment about drugging a man back into reality.
Nudity: Many scenes of nude men and women in art and in sculptures, including breasts, male and female rear nudity, full frontal male and female nudity in art work; male genitalia, nude women's rear seen in a photo, and a porno district with a porno sign; women in swimwear and bikinis; shirtless men; nude angels in a painting.
Other: The mention of death; a mention of fortune telling; the talk of tension between characters in history.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Pat Ferns
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 300 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter