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Today is the day Dan Brown‘s newest book The Lost Symbol comes out. (Screw brilliant prose. I can’t wait to read it.)

Brown did an interview with James Kaplan for Parade in which he discussed his religious beliefs.

To no one’s surprise, he’s not very religious. But it’s always nice to hear someone say as much in public:

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.

How many of us have had that same epiphany…?

Brown does admit he has a spiritual side, though:

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.”

I have no idea what the hell he’s talking about. But Brown knows as well as anyone: if you make it sound deep, people will assume it’s deep.

There is a beauty to science and math. But to coat it in spirituality just lessens their natural beauty for me.

(Thanks to Ashley for the link!)