Brad Pitt Says He’s No Longer an Atheist, Only Identified as One to Be ‘Rebellious’
By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer
Famed actor Brad Pitt says he no longer identifies as an atheist and that he only told the media he was to appear “rebellious.”
“Oh, man, I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. Then, when I got on my own, I completely left it, and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right. Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really, but I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. Then, I found myself coming back around to just belief in—I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected,”
Pitt’s spiritual journey began in his own home, as he was raised with a devout Christian mother.
Pitt told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012, “I grew up very religious, and I don’t have a great relationship with religion, I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.”
His new movie, AD ASTRA, contains many faith elements, and his recent press interviews indicate the movie could have the actor craving a relationship with his Creator.
One element of faith in the movie is looking outward rather than wallowing in self-centered introspection:.
“Yeah. Escape. A looking outward instead of looking inward. Looking beyond, not seeing what’s right in front of you,” Pitt said.
According to the Movieguide® review:
AD ASTRA is a movie that should be seen in a movie theater. The beauty and magnitude of this production is one that’s best experienced in the fully immersive atmosphere of a high-quality movie theater. Following the guidelines of the hero’s journey, this story is the perfect mixture of calmness and intensity, perfect for those who enjoy a complete adventure. There’s also no lack of depth to AD ASTRA, with the story paralleling many beautiful aspects of life, including the revelation of God’s presence throughout the enormous complexity of nature. There are themes of never giving up, self-sacrifice and discovering the reasons to keep going.
AD ASTRA follows an overall biblical, moral worldview, with many Christian elements, including experiencing God, prayer and sacrifice. There is, however, some strong foul language and many images that can be disturbing or unsettling for viewers. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong to extreme caution for AD ASTRA, depending on the age level and sensitivity of the viewer.
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Please pray for Pitt and specifically that his heart turns toward the Lord.