Writer Joshua Ferris' new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about a morbid dentist who grapples with death and atheism. In the interview Ferris explains his own religious beliefs:
"I’m not sure that I’m entirely comfortable with being described as a non-believer only because there’s this little shadow of a doubt that I keep open. I have a character in the book describe herself as a "non-practicing atheist," and I think that’s how I would describe myself. When push comes to shove, and I’m forced to think reasonably, I affirm again and again that there is no God.
But as a rule, as I go through life, I find that can lead to a dogma that is no more welcoming to my way of thinking than the dogma of believers. So I tend to want to keep the door open an inch, which I think sounds to many people like cheating, but to me it’s simply a matter of keeping — not my options open — but my mind wide, as wide as possible, and my heart open to new possibilities.”
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