I’m not an atheist: Anthony Hopkins

Monday, February 7, 2011

LONDON - Veteran actor Sir Anthony Hopkins says he believes in the concept of God and admits his role as a priest in The Rite made him evaluate his faith.

The screen legend stars in new supernatural thriller The Rite in which he plays Father Lucas, a Catholic priest who specialises in exorcisms.

“Yes, I do. I’m not an atheist. I don’t know what it is. None of us do, contactmusic.com quoted him as saying.

“But everything is God. Everything is particle physics. I’ve read everything I can. I started reading Charles Darwin’s ‘The Origin of the Species’ . I believe in a God that Einstein believed in, a sort of Spinoza kind of interpretation,” he added.

Although he believes in the concept of a creator, Hopkins doesn’t agree with the dogma imposed by organised religions.

“I think it is dangerous. Certainty is responsible for some of the most awful terrors in the world.

“I made a point in the film ‘The Rite’, I was saying to the young priest, ‘So what do you believe in? The truth? Oh, yes, the truth. Look where that got us. Hitler, Stalin - they know the truth.’

“I know atheists, brilliant atheists. I enjoy reading Christopher Hitchens, I’ll examine everything. But, what I enjoy is uncertainty.”

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