Richard DawkinsChristopher HitchensDaniel DennettSam 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.
Lawrence KraussStephen HawkingEdward O. WilsonSteven Pinker
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.
Woody AllenJames CameronSteven SoderberghJodie Foster
The influential actress and director led the contentious charge against religion while doing a press tour for her 1997 sci- fi film, "Contact".
Douglas AdamsSalman RushdieAlbert CamusWilliam Golding
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.
Emma ThompsonThandie NewtonHelen MirrenAngelina Jolie
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.
Billy JoelFrank ZappaBjörkJohn Lennon
“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
Bill MaherGeorge CarlinPatton OswaltRicky Gervais
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.
Morgan FreemanBrad PittJavier BardemBruce Lee
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."
David CronenbergStephen FryRobert AltmanGuillermo Del Toro
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.'"
Kurt VonnegutGore VidalAyn RandCharles Bukowski
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.”
Pete SingerJean-Paul SartreNoam ChomskyMichel Foucault
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.
Mikhail GorbachevNikita KhrushchevVladimir LeninLeon Trotsky
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.
Mark ZuckerbergSteve WozniakJohn D. CarmackAaron Swartz
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).