Dan Brown said that humanity no longer needs God
Dan Brown said that humanity no longer needs God and that it may be replaced by science.
The author made the provocative statement at a news conference on Thursday at the Frankfurt Book Fair where he was promoting his new novel, “Origin”.
Mr Brown, 53, said: “Origin was inspired by the question ‘Will God survive science?’
“Are we naive today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?”
Origin is the fifth story in the series starring the protagonist of “The Da Vinci Code”, Harvard ‘symbology’ professor Robert Langdon.
The Da Vinci Code questioned the history of Christianity.
Mr Brown said the concept of the divine will be transformed by technological change and the development of artificial intelligence and the emergence of “some form of global consciousness”.
He said: “We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other.
“Some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine.
“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us… will diminish and eventually disappear.”
‘Origin’ is set in Spain and opens with Langdon arriving at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for an announcement by a reclusive billionaire futurist that promises to “change the face of science forever”.
Events quickly take an unexpected turn, and Langdon visits the historic sites of Spain, including Barcelona, capital of the northern region of Catalonia that is now in the grip of a secession crisis.
Mr Brown studied art history in Seville, Spain, he expressed his concern and sympathy for both sides in the political stand-off.
Mr Brown said Origin was inspired by the question ‘Will God survive science?
He said: “I love Catalonia. I love Spain. I hope they work it out. It’s a heartbreaking situation, but it’s also a sign of the times.”
He added that the crisis also reflects the tension in society between the ancient and the modern.
Mr Brown has sold 200 million books in 56 languages but admitted that he has not read a novel in five years.
He called for greater harmony between the world’s great religions and those who profess no faith
But, he spent a lot of time investigating and talking to futurists to come up with the storyline for ‘Origin’.
He knows his views may not be welcomed by clerics, but he called for greater harmony between the world’s great religions and those who profess no faith.
He concluded: “Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realise that.
“Our religions are much more similar than they are different.”