Discworld creator and longtime atheist/agnostic/what have you Terry Pratchett caused a bit of a stir a few weeks ago when he made a comment in an interview that suggested that he now believes in God. In an essay for the Daily Mail, he clears up what he meant. Ignore the headline, it kind of misses the point, which is a bit Schleiermacherian.
"For a moment, the world had felt at peace. Where did it come from?
"Me, actually - the part of all of us that, in my case, caused me to stand in awe the first time I heard Thomas Tallis's Spem In Alium, and the elation I felt on a walk one day last February, when the light of the setting sun turned a ploughed field into shocking pink; I believe it's what Abraham felt on the mountain and Einstein did when it turned out that E=mc2.
"It's that moment, that brief epiphany when the universe opens up and shows us something, and in that instant we get just a sense of an order greater than Heaven and, as yet at least, beyond the grasp of Stephen Hawking. It doesn't require worship, but, I think, rewards intelligence, observation and enquiring minds.
"I don't think I've found God, but I may have seen where gods come from."
Read the whole thing here.