I`m not an atheist, says Anthony Hopkins

Updated: Feb 08, 2011, 10:01 AM IST

London: Sir Anthony Hopkins says he believes in the concept of God and admits his role as a priest in `The Rite` made him evaluate his faith.

The screen legend stars in new supernatural thriller "The Rite" in which he plays Father Lucas, a Catholic priest who specialises in exorcisms.

"Yes, I do. I`m not an atheist. I don`t know what it is. None of us do," contactmusic.com quoted him as saying.

"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," he added.

Although he believes in the concept of a creator, Hopkins doesn`t agree with the dogma imposed by organised religions.

"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."

IANS