Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Origin,” among other hit novels, told “BBC Hardtalk” that he has abandoned a Christian belief-system, but isn’t quite ready to call himself an atheist.
“I no longer believe in the God of my childhood — that some deity sent his son down to be crucified for my sins,” he said. “But I will tell you that if I layout under a star-lit sky, I feel like there’s something a lot bigger than us.”
He said he’s not quite sure what, exactly, that something is and added that he’s not quite ready to embrace complete atheism.
“I personally believe that the laws of physics are enough to create life,” he said at one point, but pushed back when asked if he believes that there’s no God. “I didn’t say that. I said that the laws of physics are enough to create life. I will not presume to say ‘there is no God.'”
Brown added, “It’s very hard for me to take that step into atheism. I certainly am moving in that direction, but for me in my life it’s still hard to say ‘there’s nothing.'”
Watch Brown’s comments below:
Brown further spoke about his perspective on faith in a recent interview with NPR, pushing back against people who think he’s “anti-religious.”
“I am not an atheist — I think I’m happily confused and a work in progress; I’m sort of more agnostic. I do think that science has become the lens through which we see the world, more and more,” he said. “It used to be that the recent earthquakes in Mexico would be seen as punishment by an angry god, and now even the most religious among us would see that as a geologic event, we wouldn’t see it as a religious event.”
(H/T: Christian Post)