Tom Hanks on Angels, Demons, and Christianity
Although generating much less controversy (and interest in general) than Dan Brown’s previous book-to-movie adaptation, The Da Vinci Code, has nevertheless again raised the often socially taboo topics of religion and faith for public discussion.
The latest story Angels & Demons, starring Tom Hanks as the protagonist Robert Langdon, focuses on the Catholic Church and a plot against it by a legendary (literally) organization, the Illuminati. Hanks’ interview with Philippine news site The Philippine Star (conducted in Tokyo) ranges between many diverse topics about God, the Catholic Church, and Christianity in general, including the following clips, among others:
Does he believe in God? “I think you’ll be foolish not to believe in God.”
Is he a Christian? “You know, when you’re talking about things that may or may not have happened 2,000 years ago, I think everybody gets some idea about it depending on what their inclination is. Fascinating to study, great to talk about, but what really matters is what we do day in and day out right now. There’s no use having an argument about what happened or what didn’t happen 2,000 years ago.”
What he would say if he met God? “What would I tell Him? Oh, not a thing. I’d just ask Him a question — ‘How do you do? Are you doing okay?’ That’s all I would tell God.” (The Philippine Star)
It seems to me that Hanks’ views mirror those of a lot of people today. While claiming it’s “foolish” to not believe in God, it doesn’t sound like he takes the subject very seriously, or has given it much serious thought. He’d really ask “Are you doing okay?” if he met God? This is either a patronizing answer or wildly unappreciative of the situation!
What do you think about Hanks’ statements? What would you say if you met God?