Anthony Hopkins - Anthony Hopkins Believes In God
Sir Anthony Hopkins has revealed he believes in the concept of God, and admits his new role as a priest in 'The Rite' made him evaluate his faith.
Sir Anthony Hopkins believes in God.
The screen legend stars in new supernatural thriller 'The Rite' - in which he plays Father Lucas, a Catholic priest who specialises in exorcisms - and he admits the role made him evaluate his own beliefs about religion.
When asked if he believes in God by Piers Morgan on his CNN talk show, he said: "Yes, I do. I'm not an atheist. I don't know what it is. None of us do.
"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."
Although he believes in the concept of a creator, Anthony doesn't agree with the dogma imposed by organised religions.
Instead, the 73-year-old star believes fundamental certainty in life can cause much misery.
Discussing the absolute beliefs of organised religions, he said: "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.
"There's lines in this movie where I say, 'Cherish your doubts because there God is hiding.' I don't know. You don't know. None of us know.
'Piers Morgan Tonight' airs daily on CNN International at 20.00 GMT. For more go to www.piersmorgantonight.com