Harrison Ford explains that his faith is based on his mother's Jewish beliefs, his father's Catholic beliefs and his moral purpose of being a Democrat.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2023. It has since been updated.
Harrison Ford is an iconic actor and one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood. He has starred in some of the biggest films of all time, including "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," "Blade Runner" and many more. But what many people don't know is that he also has some very strong and different points of view on religious beliefs and he opens up about what God means to him with The Hollywood Reporter. When he is asked about one of his majors in college was philosophy. Has any of that stayed with him?
He said, "Yeah. There’s a Protestant theologian named Paul Tillich who wrote that if you have trouble with the word “God,” take whatever is central and most meaningful to your life and call that God. My mother was Jewish, my father was Catholic, and I was raised Democrat — my moral purpose was being a Democrat with the big D. But it didn’t apply to a political point of view so much as it applied to nature. I didn’t have any religious construct, but I think nature and God are the same thing. The mysterious origin of life — science tells us how it happened, and prophecy tells us another story. I found that everything in nature — the complexity, the biodiversity, the symbiotic relationships — is the same thing other people attribute to God. … Now aren’t you glad you asked that question? You want to get back to the funny shit?"
Ford also shared what made him want to take the Marvel role. He said, "I don’t know. I can’t explain myself to myself, I just work here. (Laughs.) I thought, “Everybody else seems to be having a great time.” I watch all these terrific actors having a good time [in Marvel movies]. I like doing something different from what I’ve ever done and pleasing people with it. So I’ll try a piece of that." Ford’s views on God are inspiring and provide a unique perspective on faith. He is a reminder that faith isn’t necessarily tied to any religion or denomination. Rather, it is a personal journey that each of us must take in order to find our own sense of purpose and meaning.
By looking to nature and our own moral codes, we can learn to appreciate and better understand the divine. As Harrison Ford said, “Now, aren’t you glad you asked that question?” Indeed, we are fortunate to have his insights and learn from them.
The world of Hollywood can be a fickle and difficult one to navigate, but Harrison Ford has shown that with a great attitude and unique perspective, anyone can reach success. His views on faith and God are a reminder that sometimes we just have to look within ourselves to find the answers we seek. By following his example, we can learn to appreciate the power of nature, the importance of personal morality and the beauty of faith. He has proven that you don't have to conform to any one religion or belief in order to find inner peace and meaning. Harrison Ford is an inspiration to us all.