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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Douglas Adams – an interesting Atheist

"Adams shows off an alternative Hitchhiking gesture"

Whilst being a signed up born again believer myself – I do find that some of the most thought provoking and interesting ponderings about faith, God and religion are actually written by Atheists… And indeed while some of my best friends have no faith or are convinced that there is no God, they are often open to talk about spiritual issues, whilst others who claim to Christians run screaming from the very thought of engaging and listening to conflicting points of view. I think it is immeasurably healthier to look at issues from many angles (and anyway - if your faith is so insecure that conversing or reading thoughts from someone who sees things differently to you makes you that nervous – perhaps you haven’t got such a “real” faith anyway???)

So whilst researching for my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy review for the Baptist Times I looked into Douglas Adams’ background and found some fascinating quotes in an interview with
David Silverman which ran in the American Atheist Journal. Adams studied postgraduate theology at Ridley Hall and later became a teacher of theology but it seems that did little help him 'find God'...

See what you think:

“If you describe yourself as “Atheist,” some people will say, “Don’t you mean ‘Agnostic’?” I have to reply that I really do mean Atheist. I really do not believe that there is a god - in fact I am convinced that there is not a god (a subtle difference). I see not a shred of evidence to suggest that there is one.”

It’s funny how many people are genuinely surprised to hear a view expressed so strongly. In England we seem to have drifted from vague wishy-washy Anglicanism to vague wishy-washy Agnosticism - both of which I think betoken a desire not to have to think about things too much. People will then often say “But surely it’s better to remain an Agnostic just in case?” This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would chose not to worship him anyway.) "
and he also says:

"I am fascinated by religion. (That’s a completely different thing from believing in it!) It has had such an incalculably huge effect on human affairs. What is it? What does it represent? Why have we invented it? How does it keep going? What will become of it? I love to keep poking and prodding at it. I’ve thought about it so much over the years that that fascination is bound to spill over into my writing.”

Read the whole interview here:
Douglas Adams Meets David Silverman
Other links you might want to try:


Unknown said...

Thanks for posting parts of that interview, Matt! My sentiments, exactly. -A.A.

J11A77H said...



Born: 11-Mar-1952
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: 11-May-2001
Location of death: Santa Barbara, CA
Cause of death: Heart Failure

From 05/11/2001 to 05/11/2005 is 1461 days.

1461 = 3 x 487

Sum of divisors: 1952

11 3 mar
11 5 may


graduated from cambridge in 1974


first appearance of hitchhiker's guide in 1978 as 12 part miniseries


= 3 x 11

180 gematrical value hhgg (hitch hikers guide galaxy)

Rank Comp Prime
138 180 787


70 3/11/1952
131 5/11/2005

201 = 3 x 67

19522001 = 17 x 467 x 2459(2+4+5)119

Sum of squares: a^2 + b^2 + c^2
a = 4186 41(86) 4114
b = 1414
c = 3

also known as Bop Ad or Bob after his illegible signature, or by his initials DNA — was

The sum for the word « bob » of length 3 is 114.
The sum for the word « dna » of length 3 is 114.
The sum for the word « bopad » of length 5 is 228.

335 = 5 x 67

Sum of squares: a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + d^2
a = 14
b = 9
c = 7
d = 3


dna died on 5/11/2001 123 days before 9/11/2001


Did you know that the sum of the latitudes and longitudes for both jerusalem and israel add up to 123 gematrically?

is the 42 coincidental with the 42 or 3.5 or 1260 in revelations?javascript:emoticon('Shocked')

is it coincidental that dna died in santa barbara california at the longitude of 119 degrees 42'

His official biography, Wish You Were Here, by Nick Webb, was published on October 6, 2003

From 10/06/2003 to 12/31/2011 is 3008 days.

Rand Comp Prime
3008 3497 27539


From 10/07/2003 to 12/31/2011 is 3007 days.

3007 = 31 x 97

Sum of squares: a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + d^2
a = 49
b = 17
c = 14
d = 11

7003 = 47 x 149 [/COLOR]

Number of divisors: 4

Sum of divisors: 7200

FROM 3/11/1952 TO 5/11/2001 IS 17958

17958 day = 2,565.4285714 week
17958 day = 1,282.7142857 fortnight Shocked

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