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Great thinkers and artists who are/were Atheist, Pantheist or Agnostic

Gore Vidal, Stephen Fry, Albert Einstein, H P Lovecraft, Peter Singer, Susan B Anthony, Janeane Garofalo, Penn and Teller, Shirley Manson, Ian Mckellon, Ayn Rand, Diane Keaton, Brian Eno, Mark Twain, Isaac Asimov, Richard Dawkins, Harvey Fierstein, Gloria Steinem, Rachel Griffiths, Douglas Adams, Germaine Greer, Charles Dar More..win, Daniel Dennet, Armistead Maupin, John Malkovich, Katherine Hepburn, David Attenborough, Sam Harris, Joaquin Phoenix, Gabriel Byrne, Voltaire, Bruce Lee, Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Jodie Foster, Steven Pinker, Gene Roddenberry, Frank Zappa, Gary Numan, Dave Gilmour, Nietzsche, Kathy Griffin and John Adams.


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  1. Itai C
    Itai C
    November 19th, 2009 at 12:47 | #1

    Einstein was amazed by the creator’s almighty genious qaulity;
    Voltaire was a believer;
    Nietzche… was a miserable suffering man :-)

    but the thing is … a person can be very good at what s/he does, it does not raise or lower the concept of divinity.
    Hitler was a great rhetorician, a poor humanitarian.

  2. November 19th, 2009 at 12:50 | #2

    Nice list of names, but I’m still trying to figure out why you linked atheist, pantheist and agnostic. They are all non-Christian, but so is Buddhism, animism, Sun worship, etc.
    Carl Sagan, in your list, had some good things to say about Sun worship, which I quote at http://www.sunofgod.net

  3. November 21st, 2009 at 19:34 | #3

    Thanks for the comment.

    Do you have evidence that Einstein thought there was a creator to adore?

    IMHO, Einstein was a Pantheism not a theist.

  4. IC
    IC
    November 22nd, 2009 at 13:03 | #4

    @Ethan Z.
    well it is difficult to rely on web’s infinite and sometimes contradicting “”facts”", but..:
    first, a notable speech related to him, is nicely put in this clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWraC-OUudc&feature=related

    second, as said before it is hard to know if this is true, but, watch this scene, especially focus at 1:47 – this quote is directed to our conversation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwATSpuNRWs&NR=1

    what I mentioned actually comes from being familiar with what is pronounced in here, as I found it now post your enquiry :-) :

    Einstein is said to have held a concept of God similar to that promulgated by Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Einstein studied Spinoza and identified with Spinoza both culturally and philosophically. The Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: “Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in ‘Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.’ This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: ‘I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.’ Einstein’s famous epithet on the ‘uncertainty principle’ was ‘God does not play dice.’”
    ( out of http://www.adherents.com/people/pe/Albert_Einstein.html )

  5. December 1st, 2009 at 20:41 | #5

    @Gregory Sams
    Thanks, I did not make that video, just wanted to share it here because I liked the way it was put together ;)

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