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Which Prominent Atheist Said It?

Are you secretly an atheist but afraid to come out of the secular closet? Let these popular atheists affirm your "faith" in science and reason by taking the quiz below:

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  1. 1. Which of the "4 Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse" said this?

    "Atheism is not a philosophy; it is not even a view of the world; it is simply a refusal to deny the obvious."

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    Richard Dawkins
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    Christopher Hitchens
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    Daniel Dennett
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    Sam Harris
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    Sam Harris

    Harris has been called the “rock star” of the new atheist movement. He's also open to certain aspects of the paranormal, which has raised eyebrows among some of his colleagues.

    Sam Harris
  2. 2. Which acclaimed scientist said this about our place in the universe?

    "If the universe doesn't care about us, in some sense it makes us more special. The meaning in our lives is provided by us; we provide our own meaning."

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    Lawrence Krauss
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    Stephen Hawking
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    Edward O. Wilson
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    Steven Pinker
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    Lawrence Krauss

    A theoretical physicist and decorated cosmologist, Professor Krauss has written a string of successful popular science books and uses his platform to promote antitheist activism.

    Lawrence Krauss
  3. 3. Which American director made these controversial remarks while promoting a new film?

    "How could you ask me to believe in God when there's absolutely no evidence that I can see? There are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don't know any better.”

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    Woody Allen
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    James Cameron
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    Steven Soderbergh
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    Jodie Foster
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    Jodie Foster

    The influential actress and director led the contentious charge against religion while doing a press tour for her 1997 sci- fi film, "Contact".

    Jodie Foster
  4. 4. Which European author had this to say about organized religion's effect on societal ignorance?

    "The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible."

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    Douglas Adams
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    Salman Rushdie
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    Albert Camus
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    William Golding
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    Salman Rushdie

    Rushdie came from a liberal Muslim family, but currently identifies as an atheist. His books focus on the role of religion and the conflicts between those who blindly follow faith and those who don't.

    Salman Rushdie
  5. 5. Which Hollywood actress said this when asked if she believes in a higher power?

    "I regard it with fear and suspicion. It's not enough to say that I don't believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing."

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    Emma Thompson
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    Thandie Newton
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    Helen Mirren
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    Angelina Jolie
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    Emma Thompson

    Despite her views, Thompson believes that "the guiding moral principles of the Christian tradition, if properly applied, are very good." The renowned actress also observes Christmas with her family.

    Emma Thompson
  6. 6. Which beloved international musician had this to say about religious prayer?

    "I've got my own religion. If I get into trouble there's no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself."

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    Billy Joel
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    Frank Zappa
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    Björk
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    John Lennon
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    Björk

    “I mean, the human race, we are a tribe, let's face it, and let's stop all this religious bullshit. I think everybody, or at least a lot of my friends, are just so exhausted with this whole self-importance of religious people. Just drop it. We're all fucking animals, so let's just make some universal tribal beat. We're pagan. Let's just march.” ― Björk

    Björk
  7. 7. Which comedian said this about religious fundamentalists?

    “Just because you like something in a book doesn't mean that you can have it in real life. That’s what gets us in trouble. You have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you reserve the right to go: “That is fucking stupid."

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    Bill Maher
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    George Carlin
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    Patton Oswalt
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    Ricky Gervais
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    Patton Oswalt

    Oswalt's stand up topics range from pop culture frivolity to entrenched social issues (American excess, materialism, foreign policy, and religion). He frequently discusses atheism with irreverent and unapologetic humor.

    Patton Oswalt
  8. 8. Which Hollywood actor had this to say about his own mortality?

    “It's a hard question because as I said at the start, I think we invented God. So if I believe in God, and I do, it's because I think I'm God.”

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    Morgan Freeman
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    Brad Pitt
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    Javier Bardem
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    Bruce Lee
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    Morgan Freeman

    The actor who played God in 2003's "Bruce Almighty" puts 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."

    Morgan Freeman
  9. 9. Which foreign filmmaker said this during an interview with Charlie Rose?

    "I believe in man. I believe in mankind, as the worst and the best that has happened to this world."

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    David Cronenberg
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    Stephen Fry
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    Robert Altman
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    Guillermo Del Toro
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    Guillermo Del Toro

    During the interview, Del Toro described his Roman Catholic upbringing as excessively "morbid," saying, "I mercifully lapsed as a Catholic. But as Buñuel used to say, 'I'm an atheist, thank God.'"

    Guillermo Del Toro
  10. 10. Which American author had this to say about the inherent flaws of divinity?

    “The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind.”

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    Kurt Vonnegut
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    Gore Vidal
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    Ayn Rand
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    Charles Bukowski
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    Ayn Rand

    In an interview with Playboy, Rand described the crucifixion of Jesus as “mythology,” and argued that she would feel “indignant” over such a “sacrifice of virtue to vice.”

    Ayn Rand
  11. 11. Which celebrated philosopher posited this theory in an interview with TIME magazine?

    "We have lost religion, but we have gained humanism. The ideal now is to liberate and to help emancipate mankind."

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    Pete Singer
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    Jean-Paul Sartre
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    Noam Chomsky
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    Michel Foucault
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    Jean-Paul Sartre

    Sartre may be the most famous atheist of the 20th century. In his own words, "Existentialism is nothing else than an attempt to draw all the consequences of a coherent atheistic position." He argued that man's essence came from his own free choice, not God's.

    Jean-Paul Sartre
  12. 12. Which historic Russian leader made this statement about religion and the United States?

    "Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to bring improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth."

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    Mikhail Gorbachev
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    Nikita Khrushchev
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    Vladimir Lenin
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    Leon Trotsky
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    Mikhail Gorbachev

    President Ronald Reagan once tried to convince Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that there was a God. Though he was baptized as a child, Gorbachev was an atheist, and the President tried on many occasions to persuade him of the value of religious tolerance.

    Mikhail Gorbachev
  13. 13. Which Tech Wiz said this when asked if he attended church?

    “I'm atheist or agnostic (I don't even know the difference). I've never been to church and prefer to think for myself.”

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    Mark Zuckerberg
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    Steve Wozniak
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    John D. Carmack
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    Aaron Swartz
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    Steve Wozniak

    While the lesser known co-founder of Apple admits to being a non believer, many have speculated that his visionary counterpart, Steve Jobs, was an atheist as well (though he practiced some forms of Zen Buddhism).

    Steve Wozniak
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