Famous Atheists

  • Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens (born 13 April 1949) is an English-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist ...
    Posted May 27, 2011, 9:06 AM by Viva Paco
  • Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed ...
    Posted May 25, 2011, 5:21 AM by Garrett Fogerlie
  • Penn Jillette Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, comedian, illusionist, juggler, bassist and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller ...
    Posted May 25, 2011, 2:46 AM by Garrett Fogerlie
  • Carl Sagan Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1997) was an astronomer and science popularizer.In a March 1996 profile by Jim Dawson in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sagan talked about his then-new ...
    Posted May 14, 2011, 10:12 PM by Viva Paco
  • Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist; reader in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University; fellow of New College. He began his research career in the 1960s as a research ...
    Posted May 14, 2011, 9:08 PM by Viva Paco
  • Jimmy Carr English comedian, author, actor, and presenter of radio and television.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:41 PM by Viva Paco
  • Lewis Black American comedian and actor.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:39 PM by Viva Paco
  • Jane Asher English actress, who is well known in the United Kingdom for her numerous appearances in film and television dramas.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:39 PM by Viva Paco
  • Derren Brown English psychological illusionist, mentalist, and skeptic of paranormal phenomena. Professed to being an atheist in his book Tricks of the Mind and described Bertrand Russell's collection of essays Why ...
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:39 PM by Viva Paco
  • Louis C.K. Louis Szekely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy-winning television and film writer, actor, producer, and director from Boston ...
    Posted May 25, 2011, 2:41 AM by Garrett Fogerlie
  • James Cameron Canadian film director known for directing Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic and Avatar.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:37 PM by Viva Paco
  • Woody Allen American film director, writer, actor, comedian, and playwright.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:37 PM by Viva Paco
  • Adam Carolla Adam Carolla (born May 27, 1964) is an American radio personality, television host, comedian, and actor. He currently hosts The Adam Carolla Show, a talk show distributed as a podcast ...
    Posted May 25, 2011, 2:43 AM by Garrett Fogerlie
  • Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977)English comedian, actor, director and producer.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:34 PM by Viva Paco
  • Stanley Donen American film director, best known for his musicals including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin' in the Rain; awarded honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:34 PM by Viva Paco
  • William B. Davis Canadian actor, known for his role as the Cigarette Smoking Man in The X-Files.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM by Viva Paco
  • David Cross American actor, writer, and Emmy winner, best known for his role as Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:32 PM by Viva Paco
  • Jeremy Clarkson English journalist and broadcaster. Presenter of Top Gear and columnist in The Times.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:31 PM by Viva Paco
  • Nick Frost English actor, comedian, and writer.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:30 PM by Viva Paco
  • Jodie Foster American film actress, director, and producer.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:29 PM by Viva Paco
  • Sir Denis Forman British Director (1949–1954) and later Chair (1971–1973) of The British Film Institute, Chairman and Managing Director of Granada Television, and Director of the Royal Opera House in London
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:29 PM by Viva Paco
  • Harvey Fierstein American actor, playwright, and screenwriter best known for his work in the Torch Song Trilogy.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:28 PM by Viva Paco
  • Brian Flemming American film director and playwright, notable for his 2005 film The God Who Wasn't There.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:27 PM by Viva Paco
  • Dave Foley Canadian actor best known for his work in The Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:27 PM by Viva Paco
  • Peter Fonda American actor.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:26 PM by Viva Paco
  • Phillip Adams Australian broadcaster, writer, film-maker, left-wing radical thinker, and iconoclast. He was the Australian Humanist of the Year in 1987.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:19 PM by Viva Paco
  • Douglas Adams (1952–2001) A British radio and television writer and novelist, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    Posted May 6, 2011, 12:18 PM by Viva Paco
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Christopher Hitchens

posted May 27, 2011, 9:03 AM by Viva Paco

Christopher Eric Hitchens (born 13 April 1949) is an English-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He is a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 he was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Policy poll.

Hitchens is known for his admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson and for his excoriating critiques of, among others, Mother Teresa,[11] Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Henry Kissinger. His confrontational style of debate has made him both a lauded and controversial figure. As a political observer, polemicist and self-defined radical, he rose to prominence as a fixture of the left-wing publications in his native Britain and in the United States. His departure from the established political left began in 1989 after what he called the "tepid reaction" of the Western left following Ayatollah Khomeini's issue of a fatwā calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie. The 11 September 2001 attacks strengthened his internationalist embrace of an interventionist foreign policy, and his vociferous criticism of what he called "fascism with an Islamic face." His numerous editorials in support of the Iraq War caused some to label him a neoconservative, while Hitchens insists he is not "a conservative of any kind."

Charles Darwin

posted May 25, 2011, 5:18 AM by Garrett Fogerlie


Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.

He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favored competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

Penn Jillette

posted May 25, 2011, 2:44 AM by Garrett Fogerlie   [ updated May 25, 2011, 2:46 AM ]



Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American magician, comedian, illusionist, juggler, bassist and writer known for his work with fellow illusionist Teller in the team Penn & Teller, and advocacy of atheism, libertarian philosophy, free-market economics, and scientific skepticism.

Carl Sagan

posted May 14, 2011, 10:06 PM by Viva Paco   [ updated May 14, 2011, 10:12 PM ]


Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1997) was an astronomer and science popularizer.

In a March 1996 profile by Jim Dawson in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sagan talked about his then-new book The Demon Haunted World and was asked about his personal spiritual views: "My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it," he said. "An agnostic is somebody who doesn't believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I'm agnostic."

Update from Tom Head, editor of Conversations with Carl Sagan (University Press of Mississippi, 2006):

Sagan resisted the atheism label and self-described as an agnostic.

Richard Dawkins

posted May 14, 2011, 9:04 PM by Viva Paco



Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist; reader in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University; fellow of New College. He began his research career in the 1960s as a research student with Nobel Prize-winning ethologist Nico Tinbergen, and ever since then, his work has largely been concerned with the evolution of behavior. Since 1976, when his first book, The Selfish Gene, encapsulated both the substance and the spirit of what is now called the socio-biological revolution, he has become widely known, both for the originality of his ideas and for the clarity and elegance with which he expounds them. A subsequent book, The Extended Phenotype, and a number of television programs, have extended the notion of the gene as the unit of selection, and have applied it to biological examples as various as the relationship between hosts and parasites and the evolution of cooperation. His following book, The Blind Watchmaker, is widely read, widely quoted, and one of the truly influential intellectual works of our time. He is also author of River Out of Eden, The Greatest Show on Earth, and The God Delusion.

Jimmy Carr

posted May 6, 2011, 12:40 PM by Viva Paco

English comedian, author, actor, and presenter of radio and television.

Lewis Black

posted May 6, 2011, 12:39 PM by Viva Paco

American comedian and actor.

Jane Asher

posted May 6, 2011, 12:39 PM by Viva Paco

English actress, who is well known in the United Kingdom for her numerous appearances in film and television dramas.

Derren Brown

posted May 6, 2011, 12:38 PM by Viva Paco

English psychological illusionist, mentalist, and skeptic of paranormal phenomena. Professed to being an atheist in his book Tricks of the Mind and described Bertrand Russell's collection of essays Why I Am Not a Christian "an absolute joy."

Louis C.K.

posted May 6, 2011, 12:37 PM by Viva Paco   [ updated May 25, 2011, 2:41 AM by Garrett Fogerlie ]


Louis Szekely (born September 12, 1967), known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American stand-up comedian, Emmy-winning television and film writer, actor, producer, and director from Boston, Massachusetts.

He currently stars in the FX comedy series Louie, which he also writes, directs, and edits.

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