Dan Brown is back. Not that he was ever really gone, between the novels and the movies, but now a new book, "The Lost Symbol,'' is topping the bestseller lists, and, once again, Brown's conspiratorial take on religion and more (this time, the Masons) is on full display.
Brown talked with Parade magazine about his own faith in an interview published last Sunday. The key section:
Are you religious?
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.
Where are you now?
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."
There's been lots of bloggery about Brown's latest, but the one must-see post is Slate's interactive Dan Brown sequel generator -- you choose a city and a religion or organization you find suspicious, and it gives you a Brownian plot outline.
(Photo, by Andrew Medichini/AP, shows Dan Brown in Rome on May 3, 2009.)