Dan Brown, the author of the ever contraversial book The Da Vinci Code just released a brand new book called The Lost Symbol. On Tuesday, September 15th he was interviewed on Today by Matt Lauer. Among other things, Lauer asked Brown about his faith. Here is what he said:
Q: Are you religious?
A: I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy, cosmology, and the origins of the universe. I remember saying to a minister, “I don’t get it. I read a book that said there was an explosion known as the Big Bang, but here it says God created heaven and Earth and the animals in seven days. Which is right?” Unfortunately, the response I got was, “Nice boys don’t ask that question.” A light went off, and I said, “The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes much more sense to me.” And I just gravitated away from religion.
Q: Where are you now?
A: The irony is that I’ve really come full circle. The more science I studied, the more I saw that physics becomes metaphysics and numbers become imaginary numbers. The farther you go into science, the mushier the ground gets. You start to say, “Oh, there is an order and a spiritual aspect to science.”
My response is simply to say that there is a place for questions. People are asking questions all the time, and if people of faith have no answers to those questions it makes it very difficult for people to believe what we tell them is the truth. Take time to seek the questions and be fervent to answer them, even before they are posed.