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.
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
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
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'
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."
An author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books
[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
"I think there is a puritanical wind that is blowing. I have never seen such a lack of separation between church and state in America, I don't believe in God, but if I did I would say that sex is a Godgiven right. Otherwise it's the end of our species." -- Kevin Bacon
Academy Award winning actor
"I always said that I don't believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino" -- Javier Bardem
A director, writer and producer for film, stage and television
"I have struggled all my life with a tormented and joyless relationship with God. Faith and lack of faith, punishment, grace and rejection, all were real to me, all were imperative. My prayers stank of anguish, entreaty, trust, loathing and despair. God spoke, God said nothing. Do not turn from Thy face." -- Ingmar Bergman
"The lost hours of that operation provided me with a calming message. You were born without purpose, you live without meaning, living is its own meaning." -- Ingmar Bergman
"When you die, you are extinguished. From being you will be transformed to non-being. A god does not necessarily dwell among our capricious atoms." -- Ingmar Bergman
French stage actress referred to as "the most famous actress in the history of the world"
Asked by French composer Charles Gounod if she ever prayed, Bernhadt replied "No, never. I'm an atheist."
"I was brought up Catholic. I'm lapsed. From the age of three I was with the nuns. Now I'm an atheist. I think religion does a lot for us but I can't quite believe it, alas... It's just a personal choice. I love the idea of heaven though. Who doesn't? It's lovely." -- Paul Bettany
Actor and musician
On the April 26th, 2012 episode of Conan Jack Black stated that he was an atheist.
Actor and Comedian
"Who knew that the devil had a factory where he made millions of fossils, which his minions distributed throughout the earth, in order to confuse my tiny brain?" -- Lewis Black (Me of Little Faith)
"That's the funny thing about religion: it doesn't matter what you say, you're going to upset someone. " -- Lewis Black
"I think if you are an atheist, what's there to be frightened of? ... But I don't want to die yet." -- Jim Broadbent
Actor and comedian
"Maybe God is an asshole...of course not, he's not an asshole, he's imaginary." -- Louis C.K.
"I've sworn off agnosticism, which I now call cowardly atheism. I've come to the position that in the complete absence of any supporting data whatsover for the persistence of the individual in some spiritual form, it is necessary to operate under the provisional conclusion that there is no afterlife and then be ready to amend that if I find out otherwise." -- James Cameron
An American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and author
"In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman. 'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!" -- George Carlin
Radio personality, television host, comedian, and actor
"I am not agnostic. I am atheist. I don't think there is no God; I know there's no God. I know there's no God the same way I know many other laws in our universe. I know there's no God and I know most of the world knows that as well. They just won't admit it because there's another thing they know. They know they're going to die and it freaks them out. So most people don't have the courage to admit there's no God and they know it. They feel it. They try to suppress it. And if you bring it up they get angry because it freaks them out." -- Adam Carolla
A film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor.
"I'm an atheist, but I have a great fascination with this issue -- over God and whether there is one or not. I come to (my belief) personally for my own reasons and my own decisions. But I respect anybody who believes anything, I don't have the ultimate answers about anything." -- John Carpenter
"If we're all Gods children, then what's so special about Jesus?" -- Jimmy Carr
English comedian, actor, director and producer.
"By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none." -- Charlie Chaplin
"Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded." -- Charlie Chaplin
"Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion." -- Charlie Chaplin
"What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning." -- Charlie Chaplin
"What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning." -- Charlie Chaplin
Arthur C. Clarke
A British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him." -- Arthur C. Clarke
"Perhaps most controversially, religions of all kinds have fallen under a strict taboo, with the citizenry looking back on the religious beliefs and practices of earlier ages as products of ignorance that caused untold strife and bloodshed. But the concept of a God, known by the Latin word Deus, survives, a legacy of man's continuing wonder at the universe." -- Arthur C. Clarke
"I don't believe in God but I'm extremely interested in him." -- Arthur C. Clarke
Actor and film director
"I don't believe in Heaven and Hell, I don't know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won't allow this life -- the only thing I know to exist -- to be wasted." -- George Clooney
Scottish comedian, actor, former musician
"Where do you go when you die? The same place you were before you were born; nowhere! It's over!" -- Billy Connolly
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)
American rock musician, lead singer of The Flaming Lips
"I wish I did believe in God. It would be a great relief to think, 'God'll take care of it. God'll put gas in the car tomorrow'" -- Wayne Coyne
Film director and writer, perhaps best known as the director of many horror films, including the famed A Nightmare on Elm Street
"Yeah. Formally, I don’t believe in God, because I think people’s minds are too limited to even have a concept of whether there is a God, and I believe religions have done much more harm than they’ve done good." -- Wes Craven
Screenwriter and director of such films as The Dead Zone, Scanners, and A History of Violence
"It was apparent to me that religion was an invented thing, a wish-fulfillment thing, a fantasy thing. It was much more real, dangerous, to accept that mortality was the end for you as an individual. As an atheist, I don't believe in an afterlife, so if you're thinking of murder, if your subject is murder, then that's a physical act of absolute destruction because you're ending something, a body, that is unique. That person never existed before, will never exist again, will not be karmically recycled, will not go to heaven, therefore I take it seriously." -- David Cronenberg
Actor, writer, and Emmy winner
"It was just before the peace treaty was signed between Israel and Palestine, and I was pissed off that the Israeli soldiers had killed a kid, a 12-year-old, who was throwing rocks at them. I thought that was reprehensible, and so this guy starts yelling at me about how they're terrorists, and I said, 'Yeah, so are these Israeli soldiers. They torture people. That's documented: They torture their political prisoners.' He's coming at me with all this, saying that I'm a self-loathing Jew, and I said I was raised Jewish but I don't believe in God, I'm not Jewish, and I don't hold those beliefs. His whole point was that Israel was good and Palestine was bad. I said, 'That's just 'cause that's what you were taught, and you don't have an open mind about it.'" -- David Cross
"I was made to go to church, but no, it wasn't a very religious thing. And I'm completely atheist. I don't hold any beliefs about God and stuff. And I can't do the church thing. Last year, I was here in New York, at a Christmas party, and everyone went to midnight Mass except me. I just listened to music while they were all out, supposedly communing with God, but they were just doing it because it's habit."
Actor and comedian
Dangerfield said he was an atheist during an interview with Howard Stern in May 2004. Stern asked Dangerfield if he believed in an afterlife. Dangerfield answered he was a "logical" atheist and added, "We're apes––do apes go anyplace?"
Actor, writer, comedian and producer, famous for creating Seinfield and Curb Your Enthusiasm
“At the end of the day, if there was indeed some body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptized. If there was indeed a god at the end of my days, I hoped he didn’t say, ‘But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.’ If so, I was going to reply, ‘You know what? You’re right. Fine.”
William B. Davis (the smoking man)
Canadian actor, known for his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files
In a May 15, 1997 Rolling Stone, he is interviewed by Anthony Bozza and is asked about whether he has a belief in UFOs. Davis answers "No, I'm a skeptic." He continues, "I think we live in a very barren universe. Our task is essentially existential. If we're going to have any meaning in this universe, we have to make it for ourselves. It's not going to come from outside."
He discussed the X-Files finale of the previous season, which was based on Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. In particular, he points to the similarity between the philosophy of the Church and the philosophy of Cancer Man, that is, "We'll control the world for the sake of the world, because [people] can't look after themselves."
Whether or not Depp would consider himself a "atheist", it's still unknown. But, all evidence is pointing to that. Aside from wearing his SKEPTIC pin (pictured on the right) and holding a book, The Moral Arc, by skeptic extraordinaire, Michael Shermer (about how morality can exist without religion), he's also stated in an October 16th, 2011 interview with Larry King, when King asked Depp if he had faith"
"I have faith in my kids. Yeah, I have faith in my kids. And I have, I have faith, you know, as long as you keep moving forward, just keep walking forward things will be alright, I suppose, you know. Faith in terms of religion, I don't, religion is not my specialty." (Click here to see the interview on Youtube)
Film director, best known for his musicals including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin' in the Rain
"I never became religious. I'm an atheist. I don't believe in God. I never did. I don't think it's possible. He made such a bess of it if there is." -- Stanley Donen
Critic and writer
"My opinions have been challenged. I had to defend what I believed. I did some more reading. I discovered fractals and Strange Attractors. I wrote an entry about the way I believe in God, which is to say that I do not. Not, at least, in the God that most people mean when they say God. I grant you that if the universe was Caused, there might have been a Causer. But that entity, or force, must by definition be outside space and time; beyond all categories of thought, or non-thought; transcending existence, or non-existence. What is the utility of arguing our "beliefs" about it? What about the awesome possibility that there was no Cause? What if everything...just happened?" -- Roger Ebert
"I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear, he writes in a journal entry titled "Go Gently into That Good Night." I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris." -- Roger Ebert on death
A theoretical physicist who discovered the theory of general relativity
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." -- Albert Einstein
"I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it. " -- Albert Einstein
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery-- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds -- it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man." -- Albert Einstein
"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." -- Albert Einstein
"The idea of a Being who interferes with the sequence of events in the world is absolutely impossible." -- Albert Einstein
Bret Easton Ellis
A novelist and short story writer popular for writing American Psycho
"Are you asking me if I was raised in a religious family or if I go to church? I was raised an agnostic. I don't know - I hate to fly, I have a fear of flying. That means either that I have no faith in air-traffic controllers or that I've done something really bad, and this is God's way of getting at me. Maybe I'm caught in the middle... But no, I don't believe in God. That's such a strange thing to admit in an interview."
American actor, playwright, and screenwriter
"I mean, I don't believe in God, I don't believe in heaven or hell, but I pray three or four times a day." -- Harvey Fierstein
On an appearance on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, one of the panelists suggested that Fierstein -- who is a Jew -- must think that Menorahs ought to be displayed alongside Christmas trees on public property. Fierstein disputed this and said that neither should be displayed saying that though he is a Jew, he is also an atheist.
Publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications
Flynt writes "I have left my religious conversion behind and settled into a comfortable state of atheism" in the epilogue of his autobiography An Unseemly Man: My Life As A Pornographer, Pundit And Social Outcast.
Actor best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio
"Not all religions claim the direct authority of God speaking to their leader. You know, I'm an atheist, but I'm a Puritan atheist." -- Dave Foley
When asked about his feelings on motorcycling:
“Yes. Well, it forces focus. I ride an MV Agusta. This is an Italian racing motorcycle. It forces focus. You have to be focused and in my life, in this business, focus is hard to find sometimes. So I need to force focus and that's great. The bike takes you on a free road. There's no fences on the roads I ride and I don't ride freeways. That's as much as I can tell you because there are more lands waiting for this little Christian boy. That's not true. I'm an atheist, but what the heck.”
Film actress, director, and producer
When asked if she was religious by Entertainment Weekly, Jodie Foster replied: "No, I'm an atheist. But I absolutely love religions and the rituals. Even though I don't believe in God."
Speaking about her character in Carl Sagan's Contact: "I absolutely believe what Ellie believes - that there is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there's absolutely no evidence that I can see? I do believe in the beauty and the awe-inspiring mystery of the science that's out there that we haven't discovered yet, that there are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don't know any better."
Actor, film director, and narrator
When a CNN interviewer suggested Freeman had previously said he was a "man of God", he replied "When did I ever say I was a man of God?" "You're not?" "No ...no no no no no!". He instead explained how he considers his faith in science, "We take a lot of what we're talking about in science on faith; we posit a theory, and until it's disproven we have faith that it's true. If the mathematics work out, then it's true, until it's proven to be untrue."
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English actor, comedian, and writer
"The Omen is one of my favorites. Even though I'm an atheist now, I was brought up Catholic and can remember thinking that it could actually be real! The first Dawn of the Dead is a great one. We had a TV serial in Britain called Day of the Triffids and that was always really terrifying for me as well." -- Nick Frost
British humourist, writer, actor, and filmmaker
"I knew I couldn't believe in God, because I was fundamentally Hellenic in my outlook." -- Stephen Fry
"Yes, there may be a creator... I don't think it at all likely." -- Stephen Fry
"I've always believed that everything that is said from authority is either the authority of one's own heart, one's own brain, one's own reading, one's own trust, but not the authority of someone who claims it because they're speaking for God and they know the truth because it's written in a book. That, essentially, is where I come from. In a sense, tolerance is my religion. Reason is my religion." -- Stephen Fry
American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist and writer
"Organized religions and their dogmas only serve to indoctrinate the participants into sheeplike common behaviors. This type of blind assimilation promotes the popularity of top-forty count down radio stations and movie sequels. Skepticism towards groups, holy or otherwise, is enriching and makes you a far more entertaning person" -- Janeane Garofalo
"He just seems very man-made to me. There are so many theories, and not everyone can be right. It's human nature to need a religious crutch, and I don't begrudge anyone that. I just don't need one." -- Janeane Garofalo
American business magnate, philanthropist, and chairman of Microsoft
"Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning." -- Bill Gates
British (voice) actor, film and TV director, screenwriter, producer, and comedian
"It annoys me that the burden of proof is on us. It should be: you came up with the idea. Why do you believe it?" -- Ricky Gervais
"I'm basically a 'do unto others' type person. I don't have any religious feelings because I'm an atheist, but I live my life like there's a God. And if there was he'd probably love me." -- Ricky Gervais
As host of the Golden Globes in 2011 Gervais created a stir by ending the show: "and I'd like to thank God for making me an atheist".
American film and television actor
When asked if he gets treated like a star at home Paul Giamatti responded: No, no. "My wife treats me worse now. She has no tolerance for that sort of behaviour! She’s Jewish and my son will probably be raised Jewish. I’m an atheist, so I’m waiting for my time to step in and tell him how things really are but I’ll do that when he’s a teenager. I figure he’ll be ripe for atheism when he’s a teenager."
English guitarist, songwriter and vocalist of Pink Floyd
"I'm an atheist, and I don't have any belief in an afterlife..." -- David Gilmour
"The theme of the new album - those Pink Floyd habits die hard - is mortality. One song, 'This Heaven', reflects Gilmour's atheism. 'There is an element of contended resignation in that song. It extols the virtues of living in the moment and accepting your mortality. Perhaps the closest I will get to immortality will be through Dark Side of the Moon. I think that record will go on being played for a while yet.' " Nigel Farndale interviewing Gilmour, 'Still on the dark side', The Sunday Telegraph (London), May 28, 2006, Section Seven, Pg. 8
An actor, comedian, voice actor, and television producer
"God is, to me, pretty much an idea. God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions." -- Seth Green
American actress, comedian, and media personality
"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit." She went on to hold up her Emmy and say, "Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now!"
Australian film and television actress famous for her role on the TV show Six Feet Under
"Although I'm not a Christian, I was raised Christian. I'm an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning." --Rachel Griffiths
Creator of the television series The Simpsons and Futurama
When asked by the New York Times whether or not he believed in god and what he considers the most comical story in the Bible, Groening replied: "I was very disturbed when Jesus found a demon in a guy, and he put the demon in a herd of pigs, then sent them off a cliff. What did the pigs do? I could never figure that out. It just seemed very un-Christian. Technically, I'm an agnostic, but I definitely believe in hell -- especially after watching the fall TV schedule."
An American author and journalist
"All thinking men are atheists" -- Ernest Hemingway
"Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name. Thy kingdom nada, thy will be nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee" -- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
"I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice.... I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except bury it. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity." -- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
American actress who appeared in 53 films from 1932 to 1994
"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people" -- Katharine Hepburn
American film director and actor, especially known for the films The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Asphalt Jungle, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Misfits, and The Man Who Would Be King
"I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk." -- John Huston
"Ireland is ninety-six percent Catholic. I wanted it known immediately that I had no orthodox religion, so I announced right off the bat that I was an atheist. And I had the feeling they were particularly nice to me. 'He's a good fellow who's surely going to hell, so why not make things as pleasant as possible for him--temporarily?' They certainly did that." -- John Huston
Actor and Comedian
"I was warming the material up in New York, where one night, literally on stage, I realised I didn't believe in God at all...I just didn't think there was anyone upstairs." -- Eddie Izzard
"I don't think anyone's taken revenge on me. I try to end relationships in as equitable a way as possible, because I like to get on with people. But I worked out the only way to stop loving someone was to hate them, you know, because that 'in love' thing is just hellish - the chemicals that are released in the brain are not good. Whoever came up with that thing that said 'in love' was going to exist - I don't know who because I don't believe in God - it's a very weird thing. But hatred seems to be the only thing strong enough to kill love. That's a dangerous thing. So I have gone through that situation and it's not great, and behind all the hatred was still the love." -- Eddie Izzard
Musician, singer, and songwriter (lead singer for The Rolling Stones)
"Like most English people I'm not a great believer. I've read Richard Dawkins' book and it's very persuasive. I'm more in awe of the universe and that's not really a belief in God. It's a belief in something. I don't have belief in the Holy Book. I don't think many English people do. My parents' generation weren't religious either. They were the rebels."
Actor and Comedian
Jim Jeffries lack of belief is a common topic in his stand-up comedy. The following quote is taken from one routine:
"Here's the thing about people who believe in god. They're idiots. There's no dancing around it. You're a borderline mentalist. You're an idiot. You're like a 13 year old kid who still believe's in Santa."
Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind)
Lead singer for the American rock band, Third Eye Blind
Jenkins has expressed that he does not believe in God and that he thinks "religion is a bunch of hooey." December 16, 2000 AP report on the 'Jingle Ball' at New York City's Madison Square Garden by Jennifer Vineyard
American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer
"Well, I wasn't raised Catholic, but I used to go to Mass with my friends, and I viewed the whole business as a lot of very enthralling hocus-pocus. There's a guy hanging upon the wall in the church, nailed to a cross and dripping blood, and everybody's blaming themselves for that man's torment, but I said to myself, 'Forget it. I had no hand in that evil. I have no original sin Theres no blood of any sacred martyr an my hands. I pass on all of this.'" -- Billy Joel
"For the people who believe in it, I hope so. There doesn't need to be a God for me." -- Angelina Jolie
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)
Lead singer of Scottish band Franz Ferdinand
When asked if he was and Atheist or Believer in The Mind's Construction Quarterly, Kapranos responded "Atheist."
American comedian, actor, and voice actor who is best known for his starring role in the animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
When asked by Bill Maher on the talk show Politically Incorrect if he was an atheist, Jonathan Katz responded "Yes. And my parents were atheists".
Dancer, singer, actor and director
The following is an excerpt from the biography, Gene Kelly: A Life of Dance and Dreams (p. 58):
"Somehow, driving through Mexico, observing the poverty of the peasants in abject prayer at the churches, rich with gold and silver jewels, he was sickened by the contrast. He abhorred the role of the Church in supporting the fascist Franco against the Spanish Republic. Now, seeing it firsthand, the failure of the Church, his church, to come to grips meaningfully with the physical and spiritual needs of the poor opened his eyes to the hypocrisy of what he called "organized religion." Feeding into his consciousness were his recent meetings with simpatico contacts who had influenced him with their outspoken attitudes- Robeson, Comden, Green, and many left-wing intellectuals. On the return trip, long before they saw Pittsburgh looming in the distance, he made it plain to his father that he was now a complete agnostic. His father could tell Harriet [Gene's mother] or not, as he chose. But no longer would Gene Kelly be dominated by the wishes and preferences of his mother."
Canadian American film and television actress best known for playing Lois Lane in the Superman movies of the 1970s and 1980s.
"Once I stayed up for three weeks in a row because I felt I was called upon to write a new religion for women. I was reading all these books, including the Bible... and I'm an atheist." -- Margot Kidder
American radio and television show host
"My biggest fear is death, because I don't think I'm going anywhere. And since I don't think that, and I don't have a belief ... I'm married to someone who has the belief, so she knows she's going somewhere." -- Larry King
The atheist actress, star of A Dangerous Method, said she is desperate to be Catholic because she would "just get to ask for forgiveness".
She added: "It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.
"It's absolutely extraordinary. If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything.
"You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven."
American film director, writer, film producer, and photographer
"I will say that the God concept is at the heart of 2001 but not any traditional, anthromorphic image of God. I don’t believe in any of Earth's monotheistic religions, but I do believe that one can construct an intriguing scientific definition of God, once you accept the fact that there are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone, that each star is a life-giving sun and that there are approximately 100 billion galaxies in just the visible universe." -- Stanley Kubrick
Claudio Masenza said of his friend: "He was an atheist Jew who celebrated Christmas."
American film actor
A self-described atheist, Lancaster had turned down the role in the remake of Ben-Hur (1959) played by Charlton Heston, but followed in Heston's footsteps when he played the title role in Moses the Lawgiver [...]. When a reporter asked him if he was following in Heston's sandal-clad steps, Lancaster replied, "If Charlton was trapped in Biblical films, it was his own fault - he accepted the limitation."
English actor, comedian, writer, and star of the television show House
"I don't believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted he’d take it away. So he'll be like: 'You think this is going pretty well?' Then he'll go and send down some big disaster." -- Hugh Laurie
When asked "Does faith play a big role in your life?" Cloris Leachman replied: "Not in a God, no. I am an atheist. I'm not even atheist. I don't think any of us has the answer. I'm an agnostic."
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Lead singer and lyricist of the band Duran Duran and its offshoot, Arcadia
"Losing my faith was very gradual. [...] And then I started thinking, 'Well, what if it's just people trying to personify life? To personify the fact that there is matter, and that there is a universe? If there is a God, that's it. God doesn't have a brain, God doesn't think, God is just existence.' And when you get to that point, you realise, if that's what God is, then there's no such thing. [...] I didn't like it [the Atheist Bus Campaign's slogan that says "There probably is not god. So stop worrying and enjoy your life."] at first -- I thought it was too nice. I wanted to say, 'There's no God, so forget it! You're living in a dream world!' But then it made sense to me, because probability is one of the things I really believe in, in a scientific sense. It's quite healthy to have an open mind." -- Simon Le Bon
Bruce Lee - Martial artist, actor and philosopher
Martial Artists, Actor, and Philosopher
When asked in 1972 what his religious affiliation was, Bruce Lee replied "none whatsoever."
Also in 1972, when asked if he believed in God, he responded, "To be perfectly frank, I really do not."
Singer and bass guitarist, most famous for founding the rock band Motorhead
"I'm an atheist and an anarchist" -- Lemmy
Actor, animator, comedian, writer, producer, director, and singer-songwriter
"I do not believe in God. I'm an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker, and it fascinates me that in the 21st century most people still believe in, as George Carlin puts it, 'the invisible man living in the sky' " -- Seth MacFarlane
"religion notoriously claims that they invented morality, they didn't. Morality exists in animals, ya know." -- Seth MacFarlane
"Do I have that much contempt for Christianity? I guess maybe I do." -- Seth MacFarlane
"I'm still a man of science, not God." -- Seth MacFarlane
Stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor
"We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think religion stops people from thinking. I think it justified crazies." - Bill Maher
"When we talk about values, I think of rationality in solving problems. That's something I value. Fairness, kindness, generosity, tolerance. When they talk about values, they're talking about things like going to church, voting for Bush, being loyal to Jesus, praying. These are not values." - Bill Maher
"The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs." - Bill Maher
American actor, producer, and director
In an interview conducted by Australian magazine The Age in 2003 John Malkovich stated: "I'm an atheist."
Shirley Manson (Garbage)
Lead singer of the British-American alternative rock band, Garbage
At age 12 she announced her atheism at the dinner table, calling religion "bullshit." This view she continues to maintain, though more tactfully. Elissa Blake.
["Spirit In The Sky (From Rolling Stone, September 1998)"]
Underground hip-hop artist
"she gave me a kiss every time i made her laugh and she hugged me extra tight when i said i was an atheist", written in his MySpace Blog, in July 29, 2008.
Sir Ian McKellen
English stage and screen actor
"I was brought up a Christian, low church, and I like the community of churchgoing. That's rather been replaced for me by the community of people I work with. I like a sense of family, of people working together. But I'm an atheist. So God, if She exists, isn't really a part of my life." -- Ian McKellen
Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen
American actress, most renowned for her performance as Prissy, the young maid in Gone with the Wind
"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion." -- Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen
A lifelong atheist, she donated her body to medical science and remembered the Freedom From Religion Foundation in her will.
British actor and writer, co-creator of The Office
"No, I don't believe in God" -- Stephen Merchant in Series 1, Episode 2 of The Ricky Gervais Show.
"I've been reading Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion. It's his polemic against religion and even for an avowed atheist like myself, it's quite strong." -- Stephen Merchant
English stage, television, and Oscar-winning film actress
"Sometimes I feel like a farmer during a war, someone who doesn't know very much about it and carries on digging, hoping for rain. But just the last few days I've had this terrible feeling of... doom. It's a, er, biblical, kind of Old Testament feeling. I'm an atheist, but I was suddenly thinking of those stories of the flood and punishment. Because we've become unbelievably greedy and destructive." -- Helen Mirren
When asked what she hoped God would say to her when she approached the pearly gates on Inside The Actors Studio, Julianne Moore replied: "Well I guess you were wrong, I do exist."
Irish stage and screen actor
When interviewed by Total Film in 2007:
Interviewer: "You said that your experiences on Sunshine, and particularly the time you spent with the scientists turned you from an agnostic to an atheist – what changed your perception?"
Cillian Murphy: "I did a lot of reading, I spoke to those guys a lot, and I was always an agnostic, which I think is a very safe place to be in terms of your faith or lack of... It just seems to me to be irrational that there’s an omnipotent, omnipresent being who was there at the beginning, and will be there forever, it’s not logical, it doesn’t help me as a person..."
Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage
"[A]ctually I'm pretty adamant about, you know, the whole God thing and it seems that skeptics are by and large atheists or something approaching that, which I strongly identify with. So it turned out to be a good thing and I have become enthusiastically part of it." -- Jamie Hyneman
"For me it was pretty simple. I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend." -- Adam Savage
Actor and director
"I don't believe in God now, but I can still work up an envy for someone who has a faith. I can see how that could be a deeply soothing experience." -- Jack Nicholson in an 1992 interview in Vanity Fair.
"I resist all established beliefs. My religion basically is to be immediate, to live in the now. It's an old cliché, I know, but it's mine. I envy people of faith. I'm incapable of believing in anything supernatural. So far, at least. Not that I wouldn't like to. I mean, I want to believe. I do pray. I pray to something ... up there. I have a God sense. It's not religious so much as superstitious. It's part of being human, I guess ... Do unto others: How much deeper into religion do we really need to go?" -- Jack Nicholson, Esquire, January 2004
Stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor
On his December 2004 stand-up special on Comedy Central titled No Reason to Complain, Patton Oswalt said he was a "Stone cold Atheist." On his 2004 comedy album Feelin' Kind of Patton, Oswalt repeats the claim during a routine about the Apocalypse, noting that if one occurred, "I'm wrong and there is a God."
Patton is also credited in the program of Julia Sweeney's monologue Letting Go of God.
"I've got a T-shirt that says, 'Jesus saves,' and the 's' in 'Jesus' is a big dollar sign," he says. "I've worn it here [in America] and had people come up on the street and go, 'You can't wear that.' People in Australia think it's funny. I'm fascinated by religion. I don't believe in God, but the thing I do believe in is that we're all connected. And I guess that's what other people might call God. I don't know enough about religion to really say, but on some level, doesn't everyone just believe in a different version of the same thing?" -- Guy Pearce
English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director
"As an atheist, I'd skip the prayer and go straight to the colonel, who is arguably the god of affordable, bucket housed fried chicken bits." -- Simon Pegg
Penn and Teller
"The characters and events depicted in the damn bible are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." -- Penn Jillette
"Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future." -- Penn Jillette
"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have." -- Penn Jillette
Penn recounts a 1998 appearance on Donny and Marie Osmond's syndicated talkshow: "We were asked to do autographs for Donny and Marie. I wrote, 'There is no god,' and Teller wrote, 'He's right.'"
"..." -- Teller
"I don't believe in god. I don't believe in an afterlife. I don't believe in soul. I don't believe in anything. I think it's totally right for people to have their own beliefs if it makes them happy, but to me it's a pretty preposterous idea." -- Joaquin Phoenix, Nylon Guys magazine, Winter 2008
American actor and producer, best known for the films Fight Club, Se7en and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
When asked if he believed in God, Brad Pitt replied: "No, no, no! I'm probably 20 per cent atheist and 80 per cent agnostic. I don't think anyone really knows. You'll either find out or not when you get there, until then there's no point thinking about it."
"When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self. I had faith that I'm capable enough to handle any situation. There's peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I'm responsible." -- Brad Pitt
American actor and musician
When asked if he thought suicide was selfish Michael Pitt replied: "I see why people think it is, and sometimes I do. And sometimes I don't think it's selfish. I'm probably an atheist, though I was raised a Catholic and that whole religion is based on the first suicide, in many ways."
Polish film director
"I'm totally disinterested, personally, with that sort of thing [the occult]. It does absolutely nothing for me. I'm neither religious nor superstitious. At best I can be counted as an agnostic. Science and technology get me a lot more excited." -- Roman Polanski
Describes himself as an atheist in his autobiography Roman. He intentionally made "Rosemary's Baby" ambiguous so that it can be interpreted as having no genuine supernatural events (all just in Mia Farrow's head).
Canadian actress and director
When asked what directors she admires, Polley talks about Ingmar Bergman and Terrence Malick. She says his Thin Red Line "single-handedly brought me out of a deep depression. It shifted something in me. I'm an atheist, but it was the first time that it gave me faith in other people's faith"
"I don't have faith in anything but my fellow human beings and the world around me. I have strong faith in people, but not beyond people. The world is a beautiful place, it's a beautiful enough place for me to worship and have faith in and--it's enough for me." -- Sarah Polley
Academy Award winning actress
When asked if she believed in an afterlife in the June 20th, 2002 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Portman replied, "I don't believe in that. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live."
"Although raised a conservative Methodist, I am, in fact, a liberal atheist. Many people mistake me for Irish." -- Paula Poundstone
"I'm an atheist, so I don't really know where spirituality fits in for me.... A devout atheist." -- Paula Poundstone
English actor. Most notable for his role in the movie productions of the J.K. Rowlings books, Harry Potter
"I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do." -- Daniel Radcliffe
Canadian-American actor best known for his portrayal of Neo in The Matrix trilogy
Film star Keanu Reeves, promoting his supernatural thriller Constantine, told a South African newspaper that making the film - about demonic possession - had not caused him to embrace religion, and he still thought of himself as an atheist.
American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian
"I'm not a believer, I call myself an atheist. It was man who invented God. I once wrote that there are 15 things I know about God, and one is that he is allergic to shellfish. There are far too many commandments and you really only need one: Do not hurt anybody." -- Carl Reiner
Screenwriter and producer, best known as the creator of Star Trek
Roddenberry regarded himself as an "agnostic atheist," and banned any religious references from the Star Trek television show.
Actor and comedian famous for his work on Fear Factor and Newsradio
"Despite all the advancements in science, and all things about religion that are disproved it still marches on. The bottom line is that the only real, absolutely provable answers about life and our place in the universe are provided by science, and religion has been holding down science since day one." -- Joe Rogan
"Every single religion that has ever been on the face of the Earth, ever, is a cult. That's all they are. Just a cult with millions of people in them. Meanwhile, they have a bunch of really bad ... stories that require more belief than an episode of 'I Dream of Jeannie.'
"You're supposed to just go along with it. Meanwhile your brain is just spinning, going, 'How is this real?' They will just not listen to logic. To me, that's fascinating that so many people are willing to buy into it. It's be cause people need answers. I'd rather have no answers than a(n) ... answer that makes me an idiot.'" -- Joe Rogan
Punk/rock musician, author, spoken word performer and actor
When asked "Henry, Do you believe in any form of afterlife or form of "God"? Also, what makes you get up out of bed every morning?" Henry responded- "No. Curiosity/anger."
Humorist, American radio and television writer, and commentator best known for his weekly broadcast on the television program 60 Minutes
"Why am I an atheist? I ask you: Why is anybody not an atheist? Everyone starts out being an atheist. No one is born with belief in anything. Infants are atheists until they are indoctrinated. I resent anyone pushing their religion on me. I don't push my atheism on anybody else. Live and let live. Not many people practice that when it comes to religion." -- Andy Rooney
"I am an atheist... I don't understand religion at all. I'm sure I'll offend a lot of people by saying this, but I think it's all nonsense." -- Andy Rooney
English actor and director, best known for his portrayal of SmÃ©agol/Gollum in The Lord of the Rings
"Yes, I am an atheist. [...] In terms of spirituality, I don't want to ram any of my belief systems down my children's throats. What we both say to them is "This is what some people believe, this is what other people believe," and again, allow them to make their own decisions. Absolutism in anything is death. I hope to keep things as open for them as possible, so they question things and examine things for themselves." -- Andy Serkis
Actor, Comedian, and writer
In an interview with Elvis Mitchell aired November 16, 2005 on KCRW, Sarah Silverman says she is "almost positive there's no god" when speaking of reactions to her 'Jesus is Magic' catch-phrase that was printed on a t-shirt.
When asked "Are you an observant Jew?" Sarah Silverman answered: "Nope. I have no religion. I'm only Jewish ethnically. Culturally."
Swedish actor known internationally for his film roles in Angels & Demons, Breaking the Waves and Good Will Hunting
"if a real God were actually so vain as to constantly demand worship, then he would not be worth it." -- Stellan Skarsgard
Robert Smith (The Cure)
British musician, songwriter, singer and guitarist of the band The Cure
"I don't believe in god. I wish I did." -- Robert Smith
"....I used to lay myself open to visions of God, but I never had any. I come from a religious family, and there have been moments when I've felt the oneness of things, but they never last, they fade away, leaving me with the belief that it's only fear that drives people to religion. And I don't think I'm ever going to wake up and know that I was wrong." -- Robert Smith
American filmmaker, director of such films as Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Steven Soderbergh siad "I’m a hardcore atheist." State of Independence, by Scotland on Sunday, January 23, 2005.
American comedian and brief stint as co-host of The Man Show
"Whatever unpopular or calloused point of view I have, I can always find someone who wants money for it. I'm bombarded by requests for money from pro-choice and atheist groups, as I'm also a loud atheist. It's not even a cause, it's a theory -- who are you kidding?" -- Doug Stanhope
American radio personality, humorist, television host, author and actor
"Here's what happens when you die--you sit in a box and get eaten by worms. I guarantee you that when you die, nothing cool happens." -- Howard Stern
"I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock." -- Howard Stern
Co-creator of South Park
During an October 14, 2004 NPR interview on Fresh Air NPR interview, Stone stated: "I'm Jewish simply because... my mom is Jewish... but... I grew up completely secular and completely agnostic... I am the worst Jew in the world. I know nothing about the religion. I'm completely agnostic (my poor mother)."
"I am an atheist, I live my life like I'm an atheist." -- Matt Stone during an interview with ABC News.
American actress, comedian and author best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows
"I just became a stronger agnostic, and then I started to realize that everyone who was saying they were agnostic really hadn't thought about it that much. Still, I went with agnosticism for a long, long time because I just hated to say I was an atheist -- being an atheist seemed so rigid. But the more I became comfortable with the word, and the more I read, it started to stick." -- Julia Sweeney
English actress, comedian, and screenwriter
"I'm an atheist; I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It's not enough to say that I don't believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Koran, and I refute them." -- Emma Thompson
"I think that the Bible as a system of moral guidance in the 21st century is insufficient, to put it mildly. I feel quite strongly that we need a new moral lodestone if we can't rely on what is inside our own selves. Which I think, actually, is pretty reliable." -- Emma Thompson
Lead singer for Pearl Jam
"I think it's like a movie that was way too popular. It's a story that's been told too many times and just doesn't mean anything. Man lived on the planet -- [placing his fingers an inch apart], this is 5000 years of semi-recorded history. And God and the Bible, that came in somewhere around the middle, maybe 2000. This is the last 2000, this is what we're about to celebrate [indicating about an 1/8th of an inch with his fingers]. Now, humans, in some shape or form, have been on the earth for three million years [pointing across the room to indicate the distance]. So, all this time, from there [gesturing toward the other side of the room], to here [indicating the 1/8th of an inch], there was no God, there was no story, there was no myth and people lived on this planet and they wandered and they gathered and they did all these things. The planet was never threatened. How did they survive for all this time without this belief in God? I'd like to ask this to someone who knows about Christianity and maybe you do. That just seems funny to me." -- Eddie Vedder
"When you're out in the desert, you can't believe the amount of stars. We've sent mechanisms out there, and they haven't found anything. They've found different colors of sand, and rings, and gasses, but nobody's shown me anything that makes me feel secure in what happens afterward. All I really believe in is this moment, like right now." -- Eddie Vedder
Dutch film director, screenwriter, and film producer, filming in both the Netherlands and the United States, best known for RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers
"The Fourth Man has to do with my vision of religion. In my opinion, Christianity is nothing more than one of many interpretations of reality, neither more nor less. Ideally, it would be nice to believe that there is a God somewhere out there, but it looks to me as if the whole Christian religion is a major symptom of schizophrenia in half the world's population: civilizations scrambling to rationalize their chaotic existence. Subsequently, Christianity has a tendency to look like magic or the occult. And I liked that ambiguity, because I wanted my audience to take something home with them. I wanted them to wonder about what religion really is. Remember, that Christianity is a religion grounded in one of the most violent acts of murder, the crucifixion. Otherwise, religion wouldn't have had any kind of impact. With regards to the irony of the violence, much of that probably comes from my childhood experiences during and immediately following the Second World War. In fact, if it hadn't been for the German occupation and then the American occupation, I would have never been a filmmaker." -- Paul Verhoeven
Italian actor, writer, director, and comedian, who often worked with Federico Fellini
"I am an atheist but I am sure a divine zone exists, where certain special machines like Fellini work." -- Paolo Villaggio
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
English rock musician
"Please, God - I'm an atheist so maybe I shouldn't be asking God - but let Barack Obama finally win the Democratic nomination and elect a person who seems to be not just enormously intelligent but also deeply humane and seems to have an imagination." -- Roger Waters interviewed by Mark Brown.
Actor and author best known for his roles in Stand by Me and Star Trek: Next Generation
On Wheaton's Twitter page on September 12, 2007, Wheaton Tweeted: "I was a bit upset to recently discover that I have no soul, but it actually dovetails quite nicely with my Atheism."
A screenwriter and director, most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly
"I will explore [theology] only in so much as people will tend to use it as a metaphor for the way they talk. As an atheist, I'm not going to spend a huge amount of time with it, unless there is a point about the way religion interacts with our humanity that I think needs to be made. You can't stop the Garden of Eden stuff. It keeps coming up because that is the mythos that I was brought up with, and it's very powerful in this place. But, I would say that I'm more interested in the philosophy than the theology of the thing." -- Joss Whedon
An actor best known for his role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Gene Wilder was the subject of a prolonged interview on "Inside the Actor's Studio." That program was cablecast during Fall of 1998 on Bravo, a US-based cable television network. The instructor-host asked the famous comic actor what heaven is. Wilder responded by saying that he is not sure if heaven exists and immediately added that everyday life can be thought of as heaven.
In the book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish Gene Wilder states, "Well, I'm a Jewish-Buddhist-Atheist, I guess." He was Jewish in descent and a Godless Buddhist.
American actor, producer, and musician
In a 1998 interview with George Magazine.:
"Organized religions in general, in my opinion, are dying forms," he says. "They were all very important when we didn't know why the sun moved, why weather changed, why hurricanes occurred, or volcanoes happened," he continues. "Modern religion is the end trail of modern mythology. But there are people who interpret the Bible literally. Literally!" he says incredulously. "I choose not to believe that's the way. And that's what makes America cool, you know?"
English author, widely regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century
"I have had a most shameful and distressing interview with dear Tom Eliot, who may be called dead to us all from this day forward. He has become an Anglo-Catholic believer in God and immortality, and goes to church. I was shocked. A corpse would seem to me more credible than he is. I mean, there’s something obscene in a living person sitting by the fire and believing in God." -- Virginia Woolf
American musician and composer
"Well, I believe that those energies and processes exist. I just don't think that they've been adequately described or adequately named yet, because people are too willing to make it all into something that supports a religious theory of one flavor or another. If you start defining these things in nuts-and-bolts scientific terms, people reject it because it's not fun, y'know. It takes some of the romance out of being dead ... because of people's desires to have eternal life and to extend their influence from beyond the grave ... all that Houdini type stuff ... but basically, I think when you're dead ... you're dead. It comes with the territory." -- Frank Zappa
"Children are naïve -- they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you're asking for trouble." -- Frank Zappa
Creator of Facebook
Listed ATHEIST under his religious views on his Facebook page.
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Tony on February 13, 2020:
Was that monkey, or donkey?
Either way, gutter is spot on.
That's where all the crap goes.
Religions don't define god.
They hate each other with more venom than a
horny devil could ever muster.
Atheists come a close second.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on April 25, 2015:
What inclusions do you think are questionable, Oz?
I tried to include quotes from the actual people just to be sure (and even included the word "skeptics" in the title, for those who don't believe agnostics and atheists are the same thing).
Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on April 22, 2015:
We can all rest easy, a handful of celebrities don't believe in God.
There are some very dubious inclusions in this list.
meggingmad on March 01, 2014:
Furthermore, as a scientist, (biologist) my knowledge and understanding of living processes, makes the need for a god redundant. Darwin got it right! The discovery of DNA, and its subsequent study proves that evolution is no longer a theory, but fact. My confidence is based on proven scientific fact. The reason theists cling to a god, is because they can`t understand the scientific facts, and therefor they choose to go for an easy intellectual cop out.
Final point....I CAN understand why fundamentalists may choose to believe in "Adam & Eve". Life kicked in THREE AND A HALF BILLION YEARS AGO. That for many folk is an almost unbelievable concept to get your head round. It`s ONE HELLUVA LONG TIME! BUT.....it is more than enough time for evolution of the first primitive cell get to where we are today. TA DAH!
I`m a "basic science bloke". Prove it and I`ll ACCEPT it. Blind "faith" is not an option. Hawking and Dawkins.....They are the "big guns" of science and logic.
Theists don`t have the monopoly on morality. A good guy is a good guy. Bill Gates is one of the best examples of philanthropy and non-judgementalism (if that`s a word).
Pleas believe me, I`m NOT "dissing" those who believe in a god, I`m merely saying don`t just accept dogma, START THINKING FOR YOURSELVES.
(Did I get caught up in a bit of a rant there...sorry!)
meggingmad on March 01, 2014:
@anonymous: "Judge not lest ye be judged!?"
meggingmad on March 01, 2014:
Seth Green.....Perfect comment.
Gene Kelly.....Had EXACTLY the same experience.
Bruce Lee.....Spiritual without the baggage.
Too much hate on this planet is spread by the so called "godly". Wars, torture et al, all in the name of "god".
Just be a good person. "Do unto others as you would wish them do unto you." Just a pity they don`t follow their own credo.
Reaching_Apex on January 10, 2014:
Awesome list........It is proof that people can be philanthropic, make people, happy and keep morale without putting political or religious sovereignty on a pedestal.
lovettuk on January 05, 2014:
There are a few i was surprised to see on here! It is good to see one of my idol/fascinations on here being Charlie Chaplin! He is brilliant! I'm also a huge fan of Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. It was pretty cool seeing Bruce Lee on here as well, I look up to him and it's nice knowing he shares similar beliefs!
Thanks for the info!
KidsCancers on November 20, 2013:
Dedicated to All Better. So that no child faces cancer alone. So that no one faces cancer alone.
amal-jose-37 on August 28, 2013:
love the lens
Elizabeth Lynn Westbay from United States on August 08, 2013:
@anonymous: hehehehehehe silly goose
Elizabeth Lynn Westbay from United States on August 08, 2013:
I LOVE this lens. I got to J and had the thought....well if we are all going to hell it sure is gonna be a hell of a party....hehe i made a pun
anonymous on August 06, 2013:
this is awesome!!!
Meganhere on July 31, 2013:
As a lifelong non-believer I really enjoyed this. Laughed out loud at the Woody Allen quote about his tongue and the typewriter. Thanks!
DrMAnderson on July 17, 2013:
Nice one Nevets - this is awesome, no matter which 'side' of the fence you're on, I would hope.... because it's interesting to know what and how people think! I won't say what I believe in, I have a PhD in Biology, but I'm not so quick to dismiss that there's something magical (as Drew Barrymore would say) tying it all together - something I saw plenty of when I worked in medicine. Unrelated: Have a look at a series entitled Black Books, and check out Dylan Moran's stand-ups if you haven't already. I think you'll appreciate the clever humour.
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on June 22, 2013:
Interesting in a weird sorta way. Without having read this, I would not known the views of several of these people.
anonymous on May 25, 2013:
Thanks for this most interesting list and thanks to all for the comments. I do not love God but I love you all!
The Gutter Monkey (author) on May 24, 2013:
@renewedfaith2day: Thanks! It's always refreshing having visitors from "the other side" who aren't steaming from the ears and frothing at the mouth over this stuff. lol
... Not that I'd ever tell those lovely people to leave, of course. I mean, who doesn't love a lively debate on occasion? :)
renewedfaith2day on May 24, 2013:
Although I am a believer, I feel that atheists and agnostics should never be censored or put out of the political discussion. Too often, this is the case. I know how I would feel if I were censored because of my unbelief. For this and other reasons, I feel that this lens has value and I salute the work that you have put into it.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on May 07, 2013:
Impressive list and some very inspiring thoughts!
anonymous on April 10, 2013:
Interesting Lens, I didn't know that some of the celebrities on this list were Atheist
anonymous on April 04, 2013:
@anonymous: why are you on this site ? Just to argue ?? I never go to Christian sites and try to bully you into believing there is NO GOD, why do you feel the need to come to an Atheist site. Do not pray for us ... its YOUR GOD not ours and YOUR HELL so YOU go there.
anonymous on April 04, 2013:
@TheGutterMonkey: why would a religious person come to this site ??? You people just love to start trouble. Im glad your numbers are falling. That means less of you mindless sheeple we have to put up with ....
BrandonCase on April 03, 2013:
I'm always excited to find other enlightened individuals.
And especially ones courageous enough to post publicly...
As clearly there's a large pool of minds zombeing around the internet,
Fueled on propaganda and slander.
So, thank you :)!
anonymous on April 03, 2013:
What an impressive list of people, I'm glad to have something in common with!! Well, except Roman Polanski.
anonymous on March 31, 2013:
Atheists are all fools. They'll find out too late what fools they were.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on March 28, 2013:
anonymous on March 28, 2013:
EllieHarper on March 08, 2013:
I LOVE this lens. I appreciate the quotes/info as proof
The Gutter Monkey (author) on March 06, 2013:
@Einsteinette: The biography you're referring to (Me: Stories of My Life) is precisely what Hepburn was plugging and being interviewed about when she made the statement "I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people." Meaning that she had already written the book before making the statement. So, no, she didn't change her feelings in that biography. (Here is a link to the interview: http://business.highbeam.com/3825/article-1G1-1125...
Atheists aren't typically "vehement" about the non-existence of a god, superstition, or other magical claims. They, like Hepburn, are vehement about there being no reason to believe there is one.
It's on par with not believing unicorns and leprechauns live on a planet in the Andromeda galaxy. We can't say we know for certain that is not the case, yet we won't believe it without a reason to do so.
Einsteinette on March 06, 2013:
@Einsteinette: ** I meant Jesus Christ was a gOOd man
Einsteinette on March 06, 2013:
@TheGutterMonkey: That she did. I knew that. Read the biography by A. Scott Berg and herself, she also negates and changes her feelings and statements many times in her own Autobiography "Me." She said how she never wanted to say anything was or was not one way or the other. When other friends questioned her she alluded to how she did not mean she was vehement about the non-existence of God but in that she herself did not know him and was not a religious person. She believed that standards must be passed from one generation to the next, and none of her nieces or nephews was spared her views.
"God "'was a concept too vast for her mind to consider," but she believed in "the lessons of Jesus Christ" despite her feeling, shared with Marx, that "religion was a sop for the masses."' As stated in a 1997 Marion and Peggy her sisters.
She didn't want to know what happened to her after death. She said so many times. that is wasn't hers to know. She said she regretted not living for others when she was younger and only having lived for herself. She said she believed Jesus Christ lived and was a god man who did great things. (Also see the Dick Cavett interview) However she cared not much whose son he was or was not!
She claimed to know nothing on religion. Other than she had none. IN CONTEXT her atheism statement shows a non religious affiliation. NOT a denial of a deity
The Gutter Monkey (author) on March 06, 2013:
@Einsteinette: "Faith" by its very definition is a feeling, conviction, or belief that something is true or real, without having evidence for it. And without evidence for something, you're taking it on "faith" alone.
Belief in religious deities is considered as "blind faith" because there is absolutely zero testable or tangible scientific or historical evidences or observations suggesting that there is a god.
And a "feeling" someone gets, is not real evidence. It isn't testable and it has never stood up as so when put to scientific scrutiny. One can interpret a random event in their life, a random coincidence they've seen, or their aforementioned "feelings" as something they, themselves, interpret as a sign of god. But that is only "anecdotal evidence" which is completely unreliable as real, scientific evidence, due to the fact that its based solely on the word of particular individuals and incapable of being investigated using the scientific method.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on March 06, 2013:
@Einsteinette: "I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for people."
The above is a direct quote from Hepburn from an interview she had entitled "Kate Talks Straight" in Ladies Home Journal (p. 215) in 1991, when she was 84 years old. That's pretty darn late in her life.
Here is a video of her way before that, in 1973, on The Dick Cavett Show, speaking even further on her beliefs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCVKfmVvSlg
For being so open about her beliefs (or non-belief, if you prefer) The American Humanist Association awarded her the Humanist Arts Award in 1985.
I don't mean to sound rude, but where ever you're getting your information from, you should cite it first before you begin trying to make such bold statements about a particular persons beliefs. Beliefs which they've clearly spoken very openly about at numerous times.
Einsteinette on March 06, 2013:
@anonymous: It's not blind faith in the least. Anyone who takes on God in a relationship, or accepts Jesus shouldn't be doing it in blind faith. If they do then their the opposite of what God wants them to be. He shows himself to people in many many different ways, and people who say that he's just some invisible figure to them, even though they "believe he exists" well ten frankly their worse than people who totally deny God because then their lying to themselves, others and to him.
Einsteinette on March 06, 2013:
Katharine Hepburn changed her entire ideals of thinking when she got older. She said she was stupid to think there was no intelligent design when she was younger. People misquote her all the time...
anonymous on January 03, 2013:
@anonymous: I can quickly dismiss it just as quickly as I can dismiss Unicorns, Leprechauns, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. Does your blind faith give you just as much reason to believe in those as well or do you draw your line in the sand at what nonsense you have blind faith in just before getting to those things? I mean if blind faith is practical, why not use it for all things in life? Why do you exercise it only in regards to deity's?
anonymous on January 03, 2013:
I love how quick people are willing to dismiss God. I just don`t understand why atheists say us Christians live in never neverland or say we are not rational thinkers. If you don`t believe in God well kudos to you, I do...call me what ever you want but if i chose to believe in God it`s because I want to not that I am afraid or don`t think rationally. I look at it this way,if I die today and find out that there was no God then I really haven`t lost anything however,if I were to die today a non-believer only to find out I was wrong,well I have evrything to lose. I think people need they`re world wrapped up with all the anwers tucked neatly under there pillows so they have a good excuse to believe in what they believe in. It takes courage and blind faith to go out on a limb to believe in something knowing people will scough and laugh at you. Honestly I couldn't care less....I believe in God his son,my savior Jesus Christ and what he has done for me....To all my brothers and sisters who don`t believe I will pray that God makes himself known and you will have a change of heart...GOD BLESS ALL...
LifeSculptor on December 31, 2012:
Great lens, thank you! I really enjoyed reading it.
David Stone from New York City on December 31, 2012:
Well done! Is a Squid Angel blessing appropriate?
Anyway, the big unanswered question is how mankind could have created anything as fantastic as a God, if there isn't one. It's too easy to say God is manmade. In many instances, that is largely true, but I see nothing in history or evolution to explain why or how we'd create such an entity out of whole cloth. It's just another item of faith to assume we did so.
anonymous on December 27, 2012:
@anonymous: i thought that was the best too. short and precise. will remember that.
anonymous on December 27, 2012:
@anonymous: if that makes you feel better. fine.
Neil Spencer from uk on December 16, 2012:
What a great lens this is and a very interesting read ;-)
geoffhoff on December 11, 2012:
What an odd and interesting group of people. Who would have thought that they all had anything at all in common!
anonymous on December 08, 2012:
@anonymous: To me, Agnostic means you don't believe in God, but you can't prove he doesn't exist.....
HemingwayHero on November 27, 2012:
@anonymous: I know this comment is old, but I had a huge problem with it because it's suggesting that people have a choice in what they believe and what we don't believe. All we can do, as human beings, is try to open our minds to new things. Honestly, as someone who has not believed in any type of god for a long time, I would absolutely love to be religious. It would give a sense of security, and I'd never feel alone. However, as many churches as I've been to and as many books as I've read, I can't. Pascal's argument is stupid. Anyway, wouldn't God (if he really is up there) take into account that you only adopted your faith and devotion to save your ass later? Does that really count?
anonymous on November 13, 2012:
"Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion." -- Charlie Chaplin
AMEN to that Charlie! lol awesome.
anonymous on November 02, 2012:
JonoAdams on September 12, 2012:
Wow, this is a massive lens. Good job doing all that research buddy.
HolisticHealthC on September 04, 2012:
The work and research put into this lens is incredible. I had no idea all of those people were atheists. Great work!
Bronxlady1 on August 26, 2012:
I love God, and I love Jesus. But i don't care for religion, or church. God and Jesus are real in my life, but, I have issues with any religion and church, and all those who profit from religion and church while people are hungry, and or homeless. And i have seen this. Jesus had a problems with religious leaders like these too. I'm not turning my back on God, because of what selfish people do. Let me also say that I love "The Hitchhikers Guide". That movie is boss!
RestlessKnights on August 08, 2012:
Very well done! Kudos.
fincasquindio lm on August 08, 2012:
anonymous on August 07, 2012:
@Jogalog: An agnostic is an atheist with an insurance policy...actually there is no such as an agnostic.
What does it mean when someone claims they are an 'agnostic?' Some claim that agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims-especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims-is unknown or unknowable.
I don't agree with this view when it relates to theism, nor do I accept that people can claim to be an agnostic as it relates to theism. You are either a theist or you are an atheist, that's the only two options. When an 'a' is placed in front of a word it means 'not' it does not mean the opposite. So if you are not a theist, it means you are an atheist. As stated above, a thing is either symmetrical or it isn't. If it isn't, then we say it's asymmetrical. Adding the 'a' simply means 'not', which in turn means either you are a theist or you are not a theist, or said another way... you are an atheist.
You may have different reasons why you are not a theist, but this does not matter, the fact is you are an atheist. You are free to be anything else, it just means you are not a theist.
It would even be possible to be a deist and an atheist since all atheism means is not a theist. A lot of people mistake theism with deism. A deist believes: In the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation. Many of the founding fathers were mistakenly thought to be theists, when they were actually deists.
So when someone says they are an agnostic they are usually unknowingly saying they are an atheist. For an "agnostic" to say I don't really know, so I am not willing to say for sure, is admitting they are not a theist (someone that does claim to know) so by default this makes them an atheist.
People who refer to themselves as agnostic do so because it sounds warm and fuzzy, and the word agnostic is not as looked down on by people of faith as is the word atheist. To most people of faith the word atheist is a vile and offensive word, so some people would rather use a less offensive term to describe their beliefs, as not to offend anyone.
Are agnostics equally open to the idea that fairies may orbit Jupiter? I mean they can't know for sure because perhaps the fairies are invisible or perhaps the fairies are too small for us to observe with the naked eye or telescopes. Do they also claim to be agnostic toward these fairies? If so what about Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, Superman, or the thousands of other fictional beings? Of course they don't tell people that they are agnostic towards these things. No they accurately label themselves as being atheistic toward the fairy hypothesis, as well as all the others because the probability that these conjured up, man-made ideas are true is very low. Just as low as the possibility that the imagined "Gods" from the old man-made Bible are real.
You can't be a little pregnant...you either are or you are not. I would say the same for theism...you either are or you are not.
We call ourselves atheists so that we can make it crystal clear that, while we're open to certain mysteries of the universe, we are not equally open to Gods as most people understand them. Atheism simply means you reject theism, but it does not limit you from any other religious or spiritual belief. For example, you could be a Buddhist or a Deist and be an atheist.
Agnosticism just seems a little intellectually void to me as the term relates to theism, because the person is claiming they are having a hard time deciding if the belief of theism seems plausible or not. There is no middle ground as it relates to theism. You are either a theist or you are not a theist, and if you are not a theist, then you are an atheist.
Jogalog on August 07, 2012:
A really interesting list but with some surprises as well. Personally I can't bring myself to completely disbelieve or believe either so I like to consider myself agnostic.
anonymous on August 03, 2012:
@anonymous: Just realizing that I should clarify... I do NOT agree that celebrities don't ponder deeply. In fact, I am convinced that they ponder as deeply as (and sometimes more deeply than!) everyone else. I was just in overly excited agreement that there are often only two simplistic extremes: literal belief in myths or complete disbelief in that which is not yet understood. I believe religious symbols hold great wisdom and I enjoy mystery while encouraging investigation. In an infinite universe, we can only learn more - not everything. And this excites me! The biggest question in my mind is not "Does God exist?" or "Why am I here?", it is "HOW GREAT CAN LIFE BE?" And every day I intend to invest more and more of my life in the pursuit of the answer to this powerful question. Thank you for listening. :-)
anonymous on August 03, 2012:
GREAT LIST! This needs more exposure! I agree with BohemianRoxie (below) and consider myself to be a spiritual atheist. If that sounds like you too, you might want to check out www.SpiritualAtheist.com and www.SpiritualAtheism.com
chft55 lm on July 27, 2012:
Nice list, and great idea for a lens!
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on July 25, 2012:
Interesting list... Morgan Freeman is a surprise. George Carlin and Howard Stern are not, though this is about the only list that I'd lump these two together.
anonymous on July 21, 2012:
I don't really care what celebrities privately think about anything. They're all a little too spoiled to ponder too deeply. But I am somewhat disappointed by the simplistic view that the only choices are either a complete disbelief in anything or a literal interpretation of the Bible and religion. Believing in nothing feels meaningless and stark and closes oneself to the possibilities..
I know that there is more to this life.. but it's far more complex than we can know.....And I accept that.
anonymous on July 17, 2012:
@anonymous: Read the link and you'll find Cleese is anything but. Read the whole article.
anonymous on July 16, 2012:
@mariaamoroso: Lol...yeah that is when it changed my view too. That's when I was sure it was complete bs...
spot-ify-73997 on July 14, 2012:
@anonymous: Interesting. I've always thought that there was nothing more conceited and pompous than a human being who thought they were entitled to a life beyond this one. It's really the height of arrogance, IMO.
irenemaria from Sweden on July 13, 2012:
There are so many that do not like religion. I was among these until I found out what REALLY was in the Bible. Then I changed my view.
H-ilarious on July 06, 2012:
@TheGutterMonkey: I must admit, I was jerking your chain on that one. But to hold up celebrities as the source of wisdom and better than the general public seems a strange attitude. They are as confused as the rest of us. They very often lack common sense. Look at the divorces among many of them; the constant need to be in the limelight; the self-destructive lifestyles, while they sit with botox-frozen faces contemplating a death and endless nothingness.
H-ilarious on July 05, 2012:
@anonymous: Don't confuse religions with morality, look at how many wars are fought by those who claim to love God. What I am saying, is also look at the self interests of those who are atheists.
anonymous on July 05, 2012:
@H-ilarious: Yeah...religious people have a monopoly on morality...just ask a priest...
H-ilarious on July 05, 2012:
@TheGutterMonkey: Oh , don't you know about Einstein's sex life, better look it up.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on July 05, 2012:
@H-ilarious: If you're using that quote to insinuate that Einstein was a theist, then you're very mistaken; he wasn't (nor are most scientists in the world). It appears to be a common theme, though, among the religious, to continuously mistake allegorical phrases and metaphors as being more than that.
Not really sure what else you're getting at in reference to Einsteins photo. Are you inferring that because he's got his tongue out then this makes him not to be taken seriously? lol
H-ilarious on July 05, 2012:
Yeah, you can tell from Albert's photo, above, that he knew what he was talking about. He must have made a boo-boo when he said "God doesn't play dice".
The Gutter Monkey (author) on July 05, 2012:
@H-ilarious: Yeah, that Einstein was a real troublemaker; renown worldwide for his philandering and debaucherous behavior. And don't even get me started on Andy Rooney. That guy made Charles Manson look like Mary Poppins.
H-ilarious on July 05, 2012:
Interesting, who would have thought that a bunch of self-idolising, drug taking individuals who hop in and out of bed with each other wouldn't believe in God. That is very surprising ... Hmmm.
anonymous on July 04, 2012:
@TheGutterMonkey: Great job...well put.
anonymous on June 27, 2012:
@anonymous: If there is a god, and there is a hell, I'd say the big man reserves a special corner of it for the people who believe in him on the basis of Pascal's Wager :)
Belief isn't just something you can switch on and off on the basis of a logical(ly flawed) proposition.
anonymous on June 27, 2012:
@BlogsWriter: What do you mean by 'spirituality'? I'm genuinely curious.
anonymous on June 27, 2012:
@TheGutterMonkey: I'd rather side with John Cleese, Douglas Adams and Stephen Fry than Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell any day of the week.
anonymous on June 27, 2012:
@anonymous: "would you rather go through life believing in God only to find out he doesn't exist, or to not believe in God and find out he does in fact exist?"
The latter option, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
AnnMarie7 on June 21, 2012:
I'm not an atheist, but I found this list to be thorough and surprising too. And sometimes disappointing to me. But the reason I enjoy Squidoo is for the variety of opinions to be found, and it's obvious that you put a lot of work into this lens. So I'm judging this lens by it's writing quality, not it's content. Good job.
Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on June 19, 2012:
I don't know what was more interesting, reading the lens or reading the guestbook. I expect there's a lot of fun to be had in the comments section of a lens like this. :)
The Gutter Monkey (author) on June 19, 2012:
@anonymous: Brilliant arguments.
Sincerely, I applaud you.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on June 19, 2012:
@anonymous: Atheism is nothing more than the lack of theism (hence A-theism), which means that it's nothing more than the lack of that thing. It's not a religion; it follows no guidelines, it doesn't follow any book of rules and regulations. It's simply the lack of belief in that which can't be proven.
So no, atheism is not a religion. And no one is pushing a belief. What atheists push, when they push anything, is simply a push for rational thought which is unbiased by religious thought (to us, no different that cult thought). What you're hinting at is a lack of morality in atheists, which is simply not so. People do not need to be scared by hellfire into being good and civil people. Religion is not a necessity for being good and kind.
There'll be no flaming, I assure you. I understand your beliefs and I simply don't agree with them. And I'm fairly certain that if you were somehow to be proved wrong about your belief in god (although I see no way to prove a negative) then you'd still be good, moral, and civil to others. Because what good would behaving otherwise benefit you?
I'm content with there being no god because I know that I, myself, do exist and want to be happy. And my happiness wouldn't be complete unless those around me were happy as well. I realize that you believe atheists are the problems for morality, but all we really are is nothing more than other moral people who have realized that "morality" is more than a rule book given to us by an invisible figure. We realize that God is nothing more than an unnecessary hypothesis. "His" hellfire scares us no more than the wrath of Santa's naughty list.
anonymous on June 18, 2012:
It seems to me that Atheism is more of a religion than any actual religion, you guys continue to push your beliefs in non-belief on everyone else. All Atheism preaches is a cop out, allowing people to believe that they're actions will go without consequence when they die. I'll leave you with this, would you rather go through life believing in God only to find out he doesn't exist, or to not believe in God and find out he does in fact exist?
Let the flaming begin.
niki-nonsense on June 16, 2012:
This is an excellent lens! I can see you've put a lot of work into it. Well done!
Rankography on June 14, 2012:
I think it is an interesting topic for discussions and I commend you on all the hard work you put into it. Blessings to you.
anonymous on June 14, 2012:
Well, if rich, spoiled celebrities don't believe, I better do the same. Because you know they're always right. They must be right, right? They are famous. I know personally I've based my whole life off of the teachings of Paula Poundstone.
jazziyarbrough on June 07, 2012:
Nothing ceases to amaze me "use to be my statement". After reading this lens, I am truly amazed! Everyone has a right to believe in what they want to believe in, so who am I to judge? I don't ever think I will be an atheist though.
BlogsWriter on June 05, 2012:
Spirituality is what we all seek; theists or atheists, it does not matter as long as human values and eternal love for all beings is there.
KennediBrown LM on June 02, 2012:
Thanks so much for this! I saw a bunch of names here that I really wasn't expecting, like Brad Pitt. Makes me feel much more at home in the world I'm living in :)
anonymous on May 31, 2012:
Great lens. Love it. If I ever get famous I hope you will add my name to it as well.
sherioz on May 29, 2012:
Very interesting and thorough lens.
anonymous on May 28, 2012:
@anonymous: How do you know that you will be in heaven? I do you you know that they will not?
livingfrontiers on May 25, 2012:
Great lens, with a lot of research! Well done and I am sure you will make a few people think-as the world is a much more simple place without a guy in the clouds:)
Ramona from Arkansas on May 05, 2012:
anonymous on May 02, 2012:
Simon Pegg... I really didn't want to see that!
What should I do if the person who that I've been a fan, doesn't believe in Lord?
Sorry but.. Some things will change.
I don't care what the people are going to say... But I think, when a person has a lot of inteligence and he doesn't work with this, is easier you think GOD doesn't exist than He Lives!
So... For the people believes in GOD, congratulations! Because it really is a victory! For the other people I don't wanna say anything... Take care of yourself!
May GOD be with all you!
The Gutter Monkey (author) on April 29, 2012:
@danielmccarthy lm: Let's hope that prayer works! lol
danielmccarthy lm on April 29, 2012:
What a massive lens! I read so much of it I forgot where I was for a moment. I will say a prayer to the almighty squid, and see if he sends a squid angel to bless you!
anonymous on April 25, 2012:
@anonymous: Chuck: if they taxed the church, then the church gets to have say in the laws - which means NO MORE SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE, a way worse idean than not taxing churches. That's the reason we don't tax churches.
The Gutter Monkey (author) on April 24, 2012:
@miaponzo: Thank you for the blessing miaponzo, but what people on this list do you believe are practicing a religion? I'm unsure of how you've come to the conclusion that anyone on this list is anything other than atheist/agnostic.
miaponzo on April 23, 2012:
To be fair though... some of these people believe in God, but not as an organized religion.. and some are actually practicing another religion, and thus aren't really atheists, per se... but very interesting lens... food for thought... for me.... I believe in God.. the Creator... to each his own, though Blessed for inspiring conversation. :)
The Gutter Monkey (author) on April 21, 2012:
@anonymous: Your comment is directly below this one. I've not removed anything.