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List of former atheists and agnostics

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For lists of atheists who converted to Christianity, Islam, or Judaism see the following links:


  • List of converts to Christianity from nontheism
  • List of converts to Islam from nontheism
  • List of converts to Judaism from Atheism
  • All other former atheists and agnostics that have been listed so far are below.

    Atheists who converted to Christianity

  • Kirk Cameron - American actor. Cameron was an atheist in his early teens. When he was 17, during the height of his career on Growing Pains, he became a born-again Christian.
  • Rosalind Picard - Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, director and also the founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, and co-founder of startups Affectiva and Empatica
  • Hugh Ross (astrophysicist) - Canadian astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old earth creationist.
  • Alister McGrath - Northern Irish scientist, theologian, priest, intellectual historian and Christian apologist.
  • Francis Collins - American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
  • Alexis Carrel - French surgeon and biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912.
  • Lee Strobel - American Christian Apologetic author. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005) and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity.
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - Russian novelist, historian. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.
  • Vladimir Putin - current President of the Russian Federation.
  • Czesław Miłosz - poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and in 1980 the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • C. S. Lewis - Oxford Scholar http://cslewis.drzeus.net/bio/ and 'Surprised by Joy: The shape of my life' Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1966
  • Dr Carl Wieland
  • Dr Russell Humphreys
  • Atheists who converted to Hinduism

  • Annie Besant - theosophist, orator and feminist
  • John Dobson - became a believer in Vedanta – astronomer and telescope designer
  • Sita Ram Goel - Indian commentator, writer and Hindu activist
  • Revathi Thirunal Rama Varma Raja - titular head of Pandalam palace, considered to be the post of the father of Lord Ayyappan, and retired Government Servant. Was a devout Hindu until his early teens. Later became a strong atheist and a follower of Communist Party. But finally, he reverted to Hinduism in his old age. He says that it was a serious accident which turned him to be a Hindu.
  • Atheists who became an unspecified/uncertain form of theism or deism

  • Eben Alexander - neurosurgeon, author, teaching physician. Author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife.
  • Plutarco Elías Calles former president of Mexico who was an atheist but became a spiritism later in life.
  • Gabrielle Carey - Australian author of Puberty Blues who was raised atheist but converted to Catholicism and then explored other theologies.
  • Antony Flew - philosopher and respected atheist thinker of the 20th century, became a deist.
  • Moses Hess - Socialist philosopher and Left Hegelian who first influenced Karl Marx in his criticism of religion, but who later tried to combine the pantheism of Baruch Spinoza with Hegelianism.
  • Anne Rice - best-selling American author of Gothic and religious-themed books. She returned to Catholicism, and remained as such for many years, but has since announced that although she still believes in God and in Christ she no longer considers herself a Christian.
  • J. Neil Schulman - Libertarian science fiction writer who states he met, or experienced, God and that this ended his atheism. The first such experience would have occurred when he was 35. That stated he remains skeptical of "the church" and does not belong to any religion.
  • Dave Sim - comics writer and anti-feminist. He converted to, or created, his own mixture of Abrahamic religions.
  • Ted Turner - media mogul who stated that he is no longer an atheist or an agnostic. He has not embraced any specific religion.
  • Catholicism

  • Sigrid Undset - Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.
  • Protestantism

  • Ray Comfort - evangelist and author.
  • Agnostics who converted to Judaism

  • Christian B. Anfinsen - Nobel prize-winning chemist who converted from "orthodox agnosticism" to Orthodox Judaism.
  • References

    List of former atheists and agnostics Wikipedia

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