Famous Atheists And Agnostics

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George Clooney
George Clooney, in an interview with Larry King, circumvented giving a direct answer to the question of religion, but ultimately admitted, "I don't happen to have those beliefs as much."
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Guy Pearce
In an interview with the L.A. Times, actor Guy Pearce said he doesn't believe in god and also said he enjoys wearing a shirt that reads: "Jesu$ Saves."
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Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson espoused his lack of belief in God in an interview with Vanity Fair in the early 1990s.
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Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix said he doesn't believe in god, an afterlife, or the concept of souls. "To me it's a pretty preposterous idea."
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Julia Sweeney
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Julia Sweeney wrote a book about her experience as an atheist called "Letting Go of God."
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Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore, like a few actors answering "Inside the Actors Studio" host James Lipton's question about what they'd say to God when they arrive at Heaven's gate, quipped, "I was wrong, you do exist!" At one point, Lipton used the line himself.
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Lance Armstrong
In a Time Magazine interview, Lance Armstrong said: "I don't have anything against organized religion per se. We all need something in our lives. I personally just have not accepted that belief. But I'm one of the few." He also said if there was a god, he would still have both of his testicles.
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Larry King
Larry King was asked by Barbara Walters if he believed in God and his answer was, simply, "No."
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Luis Bunuel
Legendary director and satirist Luis Bunuel seemed to make his career out of offending the church. His Palme d'Or winner "Viridiana" mocked the Last Supper, and he was quoted as saying, tongue planted in cheek, "Thank God I'm an atheist."
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Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg listed, on his Facebook profile, "Atheist" under "Religious Beliefs."
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Omar Sharif
Oscar-nominated actor Omar Sharif has, in his life, moved from Catholicism to Islam to atheism.
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Richard Dawkins
Daniel Radcliffe said he also respects people like author Richard Dawkins, who are more outspoken about their atheism. An evolutionary biologist, he has written sharp criticism of the theories of creationism and intelligent design.
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Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie landed in hot water when his "The Satanic Verses" was published. A fatwa was even called on him by Ayatollah Khomeini. A recent interview has revealed him as an atheist.
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Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman has said she is only Jewish culturally speaking. She said, "I have no religion."
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Seth MacFarlane
Seth, the creator of Family Guy, has confirmed that he is an atheist during a Bill Maher interview.
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Adam Carolla
"Loveline" host Adam Carolla often talks about his atheism.
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Arthur Miller
Playwright Arthur Miller said his desire to be religious "just vanished." One of his most famous plays, "The Crucible," can be read as an attack on the unquestioned power of organized religion.
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Bill Gates
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has indicated agnosticism when he said he doesn't know if there is a god, but he added, "I think religious principles are quite valid."
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Brad Pitt
In recent interviews, Brad Pitt has called himself "probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic." Which places him 100 percent in this slideshow.
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Christopher Hitchens
Fiery writer Christopher Hitchens landed at the top of the NYT bestsellers list with his excoriating 2007 screed "God Is Not Great."
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Daniel Radcliffe
The "Harry Potter" franchise has already garnered the ire of some Christian groups, and recently star Daniel Radcliffe told Telegraph that he is an atheist, but is "very relaxed about it."
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Ernest Hemmingway
Though there is reason to dispute his actual status as an atheist or agnostic, his novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" includes a line often cited by atheists: "All thinking men are atheists."
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One Comment

  1. Iconoclast says:

    Good for these folks. I can think of few things more destructive to the individual soul, humanity and this amazing world we live than organized religion. The idea that a group of people can decide they know what is beyond the veil of human understanding is short sighted and ultimately cowardly. These people then pollute other minds with this conjecture and sometimes war against others who describe “god” even slightly differently. If we use our hearts and souls most of can agree that there are things well beyond us. Those things will always be a great and wonderful mystery beyond comprehension. This life and the natural world are already so beautiful and unlikely. We need to keep our eyes and minds open to all it can reveal. We will never understand it all but that’s the point. There is always more. There is simply no need to do yourself the disservice of placing a comfortable “God mask” over everything to protect yourself from the mystery and uncertainty of life. Just let go, go with it and do your best to lessen suffering in this world. -Peace.

  2. blog.benpiper.com says:

    Atheism is a religious belief, and an irrational, unscientific one at that. If you’re going to reject God, at least be honest about why you’re doing it. The fathers of the modern sciences were Creationists, not atheists. Atheism has been one of the most anti-intellectual movements of the last century.

  3. Mary says:

    I think of the visions of St John Bosco’s visions of he’ll. He asked the angel why people go there. The angel replied they chose he’ll because they deny God’s existence. Isn’t he’ll the absence of God? What a folly. So many miracles over the centuries. Bernadet of Lourdes incorrupt body and many more. Catherine Laboure I have seen as well as Bernadette. Both look like they are sleeping despite dying a century ago

  4. DT says:

    Religion sucks. Nothing intellectually dishonest in realizing we can know nothing about an ill defined and therefore, incomprehensible deity. It is presumptuous to assume that some old and poorly written novel (bible) has all the answers. Kill god!

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