“Everything has a natural explanation. Wilson. Ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins is another prominent scientist known for his atheism. One such famous rational atheist is Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. However in 2004, he shocked th Abraham Lincoln – … “Men create gods after their own image.”, Isaac Asimov   American biochemist and science-fiction writer. ... British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum. “A healthy nature needs no God or immortality.”, Arthur Schopenhauer   German philosopher. Lena's violent rebuke of Beneatha is a caveat to all the uppity Black female atheists who've been rendered invisible -- both by a white secular culture that only sees atheism through the Islamophobic lens of Richard Dawkins, and a black religious culture that uses heteronormative Christian respectability politics to silence and police women. Aristophanes   Greek dramatist. “There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.”, Immanuel Kant   German philosopher. An atheist believes that heaven is something for which we should work now – here on earth for all men together to enjoy. Herman Road “Whatever we cannot easily understand we call God; this saves much wear and tear on the brain tissues …. “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”, Benjamin Disraeli   English politician and novelist. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.”, Noam Chomsky   American linguist. His latest book, aimed at young adults, is Outgrowing God, while his audaciously titled The God Delusion, recommended below, is his most famous book devoted to atheism. “If oxen, lions, and horses had hands and could make fashion of art, they would fashion gods in their own image.”, Emile Zola   French novelist. The British author and journalist writes that in his 30s he "lost any religious belief … “Atheism is a non-prophet organization.”, Andrew Carnegie   Scottish-American steel magnate. “I don’t believe in God. With numbers like that, it sure does help to have people like this on our side. Ordway, an atheist academic, was convinced that faith was superstitious nonsense. (Getty) The number of Britons who say they have no religion has hit a record high, new data has revealed. Stokes starts to make his way back down the path just as Richard Dawkins, the famous British atheist, starts to deliver his keynote speech. Search for: Recent Posts. ; Mary Adams (1898–1984): English producer and BBC television administrator. Here are a few who became famous. “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”, Kurt Vonnegut   American writer. The moon is not a god but a great rock and the sun a hot rock.”, Natalie Angier   Pulitzer-winning science writer. Where’s your proof? September 8, 2020 / 0 Comments. “Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.”, Clarence Darrow   American lawyer. “Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, yet he will make gods by the dozen.”, Vladimir Nabokov   Russian novelist. And it is not possible to believe in gods and be a true scientist.”, Sir Isaiah Berlin   British philosopher and intellectual historian. Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Before the discoveries of Darwin in the mid-nineteenth century, open atheism was rare even in intellectual circles. An atheist believ… 1966) Silverman is President of American Atheists, the organization founded … Secure in her fortress of atheism, she was safe (or so she thought) from any assault by irrational faith. “The beauty of religious mania is that … logic can be happily tossed out the window.”, Stanley Kubrick   American movie director. “The teaching of the church is in theory a crafty and evil lie, and in practice a concoction of gross superstition and witchcraft.”, Mark Twain   American writer. This category is a subcategory of Category:Atheists which has this description: This category has the following 6 subcategories, out of 6 total. “The whole thing is so patently infantile, [religion] so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life.”, Stephen Fry   English comedian, actor, and writer. “The universe has been made neither by gods nor men, but it has been, and is, and will be eternally.”, Christopher Hitchens   British-born American journalist. “Religion is nothing but the shadow cast by the universe on human intelligence.”, Robert Ingersoll   American politician Surely you don’t believe in the gods. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada About Youtuber This is the Atheist Republic. Here comes logic. My god is patriotism. This is the story of a glorious defeat. As a well-educated college English professor, she saw no need for just-so stories about God. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”, Xenophanes   Greek philosopher. Frequency 14 videos / day Since Feb 2012 Here are extracts from Lovecraft; A Biography by L. Sprague De Camp: This page was last edited on 8 July 2015, at 10:44. Welcome to AtheismUK. those who have no need for gods and some who have no need for the supernatural. “The biggest advantage to believing in God is you don’t have to believe anything, no physics, no biology … I wanted to understand.”, Oscar Wilde   Anglo-Irish poet/novelist. EDITOR'S NOTE: For the last half of the twentieth century, Antony Flew (1923-2010) was the world's most famous atheist. The Atheist and the Materialist. I don’t. Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, British born actor, director, and producer (1889-1977). " What kind of god would do that?”, Yuri Gagarin   Soviet cosmonaut. “I don’t believe in God, Gods, Godlets or any sort of higher power beyond the universe itself. A brilliant atheist and an influential physicist, Krauss is a self-declared atheist and … “No free man needs a God.”, Friedrich Nietzsche   German philosopher. “Where knowledge ends, religion begins.”, Thomas Edison   American inventor. My god is patriotism. Madalyn Murray O'Hair Former atheists Atheists who converted to Hinduism. I see no need.”, Chapman Cohen   British activist. See also: UK and secularism and Acceleration of 21st century desecularization On December 2018, The Timesindicated: "The number of atheists in Britain has fallen in the past year, according to a survey suggesting that more people are attending church, albeit irregularly." One challenge for atheists is finding meaning in life. “Where there is evidence, no one speaks of ‘faith.’ We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round.”, Margaret Sanger   American birth control activist. To doubt is intensely engrossing.”, Edward O. Wilson   American biologist. Pharyngula received the Koufax Award in 2005 for ‘Best Expert Blog’, and Nature named it … “Question with boldness even the existence of a god.”, James Joyce   Irish novelist. I see no need.” Chapman Cohen British … “To believe is very dull. Books by Richard Dawkins, the British scientist and atheist, are among our most recommended on Five Books. What’s your argument? Sholto Douglas, 1st Baron Douglas of Kirtleside, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:British_atheists&oldid=670499832, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. “Religion is all bunk.”, Richard Feynman    American physicist. British actor Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role as Harry Potter, declared he was an atheist in a 2009 interview. Jun 9, 2015 - About 1/3 of the world's population or about 2.33 billion people are Christian. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him will believeth in anything – Hitchens 3:16.”, Victor Hugo   French novelist. About 23% of the world's population or about 1.57 billion people are Muslim. Which seems quite high and powerful enough to me.”. “The only true divinity is humanity.”, Gene Roddenberry   American television writer/creator of Star Trek. H. P. Lovecraft, American author (1890-1937). Famous People Who Are Atheists. "I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it," he said. Freedom of Thought Report 2020. There have been atheists throughout history. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. The following 84 pages are in this category, out of 84 total. “Atheism is a non-prophet organization.” Andrew Carnegie Scottish-American steel magnate. “There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. Eben Alexander - neurosurgeon, author, teaching physician.Author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. Believers Portal has prepared this list of some famous atheist who embraced the Christian faith and declared the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Lawrence Krauss. “All thinking men are atheists.”, Heraclitus of Ephesus   Greek philosopher. “Everything must be doubted.”, L. Menken American journalist. 1 / 9. “How do I define God? Everything that ever really happened testifies against the supernatural.”, Thomas Jefferson   American president. John Dobson - became a believer in Vedanta – astronomer and telescope designer; Sita Ram Goel - Indian commentator, writer and Hindu activist; Atheists who became an unspecified/uncertain form of theism or deism. We are atheists and proud of it. “When miracles are admitted, every scientific explanation is out of the question.”, Stephen King   American novelist. I don’t. “Faith means not wanting to know what is true.”, Thomas Otway   English Restoration dramatist/poet. Scotts Valley, CA 95066, Atheist Union of Greece’s complaint upheld, Others Talk About Transparency—We Deliver, AAI Sri Lankan Affiliate Spokesman Receives Serious Death Threat. Long before Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris began taking swipes at religion, Flew was the preeminent spokesman for unbelief. “There is no God.”, Gloria Steinem   American journalist. “I don’t believe in God. Rock Singer Jon Steingard loses his faith. Douglas Adams (1952–2001): British radio and television writer and novelist. Perhaps most famous, his short debate with lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, over the latter’s belief in Mormonism. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated. “Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.”, James Watson   American geneticist/biophysicist. “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”, Sigmund Freud   Austrian physician and psychoanalyst. An atheist loves his fellow man instead of god. ; Phillip Adams (1939–): Australian broadcaster, writer, film-maker, left-wing radical thinker, and iconoclast. “God was invented to create mystery.”, Benjamin Franklin   American statesman and inventor. “We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing, all-powerful God who creates faulty Humans and then blames them for his own mistakes.”, Bertrand Russell    British mathematician and philosopher. Those who were religious skeptics and reason-oriented in their thinking often tended to be Deists, believing in a non-intervening, "watchmaker" type of divinity. The Guardian published an article in 2017 entitled Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’?which declared: In the United States, the vast majority of individuals who are "Nones"/"no religion" (people who are not part of organiz… “If God exists, man does not exist; if man exists, God does not exist.”, Friedrich von Schiller   German poet and dramatist. “I don’t see any god up here.”, Ernest Hemingway   American writer. The lyrics of the hit single ‘Imagine’ spoke volumes about his agnostic side. In her opening statement before the Supreme Court, Madalyn said: “Your petitioners are atheists and they define their beliefs as follows. and of whom it is known how they define their atheism. By simple common sense I don't believe in God, in none." Aristotle   Greek philosopher. In 1959, Madalyn filed suit on behalf of her son who was forced to attend Bible readings in his school and was the victim of harassment at the hands of school employees after he declined to participate. “Well, all I say is. We are not afraid to call ourselves what we are. “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”, George Bernard Shaw   Irish-born English playwright. Edward Abbey   American writer. It’s amazing how that manys atheists around the world are coming to the light of the glorious gospel of Christ Jesus and and putting their faith in Him. Actor Bruce Lee, known for his films like ‘Enter The Dragon’ and acclaimed stand-up comedian George Carlin are two other famous celebrities who question the existence of god. “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.”, Peter William Atkins   British chemist. “The whole idea of god is absurd.”, Richard Lederer   American linguist. An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. Menu. Dec. 9, 2004 - A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. Famous Atheist Now Believes in God. The time was called the Dark Ages.”, Ferdinand Magellan   Portuguese explorer. Given the times in which they lived, some on this list might not have called themselves atheists, but all expressed at least significant doubt about the efficacy of religion and/or the existence of all-controlling deities and wrote something clever or revealing about their position. Suite #178 “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”, Percy Bysshe Shelley   English poet. “It is not possible to be intellectually honest and believe in gods. This is but a sample of what could be a much longer list. “No gods, no masters.”, George Santayana   Spanish born American philosopher. 50 David Silverman (b. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.”, Leo Tolstoy   Russian novelist. PZ Myers has become the leader of the science-focused online atheist movement and his brilliance as an atheist might be said to be the remarkable success he has had in this position. “Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”, Emily Dickinson   American poet. “Civilization will not attain its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.”, 216 Mt. Honest atheism for my money.”, William Pitt the Elder   British prime minister. “I don’t believe in God because I don’t believe in Mother Goose.”, Democritus   Greek philosopher. November 28, 2020 / 0 Comments. quoted in Manual of a Perfect Atheist. Famous non-believers in history. “How do I define God? “The god who created this universe, if he created this universe, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish. Shrines! We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. “Shrines! September 17, 2020 / 0 Comments. He was the Australian Humanist of the Year in 1987.; Adithya (1974–): Indian actor. “Mythology is what we call someone else’s religion.”, George Carlin   American comedian. “All religions are auld wives’ fables.”, Joseph Campbell   American scholar of mythology. He now believes in God more or less based on scientific evidence, and says so on a video released Thursday. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more). “The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”, Johannes Kepler   German astronomer. Douglas Adams, Ayaan Hirsi Ali , Woody Allen , Fred Armisen , Lance Armstrong , Darren Aronofsky , Isaac Asimov , Julian Assange , Dan Barker , Dave Barry , Ingmar Bergman , Pierre Berton , Niels Bohr , Richard Branson , Derren Brown , Kari Byron , James Cameron , Asia … “Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest ebb of his fortunes.”, Jean-Paul Sartre   French philosopher. Movies. A.N. “To understand human nature in depth is to drain the fever swamps of religious and blank-slate dogma.”, Frank Lloyd Wright   American architect. Atheist Republic is a growing community of godless heathens who share their views and help each other express their atheism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life.” Noam Chomsky American linguist. “‘Faith’ is a fine invention, when gentlemen can see / But microscopes are prudent in an emergency.”, Denis Diderot   French philosopher. “The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church.”, Karl Marx   German philosopher. Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.”, Woody Allen   American humorist/film director. Atheist Alliance International has Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Jimmy Wales Mary Warnock, Baroness Warnock H. G. Wells Peter Wilby Richard Wiseman Terry Wogan Virginia Woolf “Faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down.”, Seneca   Roman philosopher. The steady decline in religious belief among the British public is “one of the most important trends in postwar history”, says the BSA report. “It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. “Those who seek for some cosmic all-embracing libretto or God are, believe me, pathetically mistaken.”, Robert Burns   Scottish poet. “Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration—courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth.”, Michel de Montaigne   French essayist. Dualism explains evil, but is … Legendary musician and ‘Beatles’ member John Lennon was agnostic too. "Monotheism explains order, but is mystified by evil. “Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends.”, Anaxagoras   Greek philosopher. “Every fact is an enemy of the church.
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