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The Celebrity Atheist and Skeptics List

I'm Nevets: Nerd, cinephile, TV-junkie, bookworm, gamer, and slacker extraordinaire.

Thou are not alone, for we are plentiful

This list is for those skeptics and non-believers who feel alone in their lack of faith. We see religion coming at us from all ends every day, from television, to films, to literature, to the vast majority of our fellow man (and woman). But would it surprise you that some of the most influential artists of our time and our past were non-believers just as ourselves? It's quite true. And below I've compiled a list of some of the most well-known of these individuals.

While I've not listed every outspoken celebrity atheist and agnostic, I have listed some of my personal favorites -- along with others who I thought may interest others. These people range from Brad Pitt, to Charlie Chaplin, to Virginia Woolf and the Mythbusters. Along with each name I've also added quotes by the individual in question, where they speak of their lack of belief; sometimes with hope, sometimes with inspiration, sometimes with wit, and many times with utter hilarity.

I hope others enjoy this list as much as I have and find that they truly are not alone, weird, or bad for believing (or not believing) in the way that they do. Be proud of your lack of faith... you're in good company.

Douglas Adams

Writer of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" -- Douglas Adams

"People will then often say, 'But surely it's better to remain an Agnostic just in case?' This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I've been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.)" -- Douglas Adams

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing." -- Douglas Adams

Woody Allen

Critically acclaimed screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright

"How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" -- Woody Allen

"If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever." -- Woody Allen

"To you, I'm an atheist. To God, I'm the loyal opposition." -- Woody Allen

"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank." -- Woody Allen

"Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends." -- Woody Allen

"I do occasionally envy the person who is religious naturally, without being brainwashed into it or suckered into it by all the organized hustles / Just like having an ear for music or something. It would just never occur to such a person for a second that the world isn't about something." -- Woody Allen

Robert Altman

American film director

The Guardian, May 1, 2004, Pg. 30.

"Still, it's worth noting that by the age of 20 this whistle-blower had resisted two of the most powerful institutions -- church and army, both. He is an atheist, 'And I have been against all of these wars ever since.'" Suzie Mackenzie interviewing Altman, 'Still up to mischief'

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Fred Armisen

Actor and comedian

In the March 23, 2012 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher asks Armisen what his religion is, to which Armisen replied "I'm an atheist."

Isaac Asimov

[I]f I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. -- Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov: A Memoir

I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time. -- Isaac Asimov, in "Free Inquiry", Spring 1982, vol.2 no.2, p. 9

"Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism." --Isaac Asimov