Dan Brown, author of best-selling novel “The Da Vinci Code,” said in the future “global consciousness” will replace our need for God.
“Are we naive today to believe that the gods of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?” Brown asked during a news conference Thursday at the Frankfurt Book Fair conference in Germany, Reuters reported.
Brown, amid promotion for his new novel “Origin,” said his latest work was inspired by the question, “Will God survive science?” the outlet added.
His research for “Origin” also included lots of time talking to futurists, Reuters said, adding that technology and artificial intelligence will someday change how we view God and religion.
“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,” Brown declared, adding that “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine” will take shape, the outlet reported.
“Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear,” Brown predicted, Reuters noted.
The author also called for greater harmony between the world’s major religions and with those who profess no faith, the outlet said.
“Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realize that,” Brown said, Reuters reported. “Our religions are much more similar than they are different.”