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Surprising Celebrities Who Don't Believe in a Higher Power

Brad Pitt

Though he was raised Southern Baptist, in an interview with German newspaper Bild, Pitt responded to the question "Do you believe in God?" by answering "No, no, no." He then went on to say that he was "probably 20% atheist and 80% agnostic."

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Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe's lack of belief in God may be even more problematic for people who find the Harry Potter series religiously troublesome. Recently, current Ohio governor John Kasich criticised Radcliffe for his atheism.

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Morgan Freeman

Perhaps the most ironic entry on the list is Morgan Freeman. The actor is famous for playing the role of God on a number of occasions, but the man himself takes a more nontraditional outlook and would classify himself as spiritual. He even has a miniseries The Story of God on the National Geographic channel.

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Natalie Portman

While having a Jewish background, Portman said in a 2011 Rolling Stone interview when asked about the afterlife, "I don't believe in that. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live."

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Frank Sinatra

In a Playboy interview (of all places), Sinatra laid out his belief system as, "I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. But I don't believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice."

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Interviews with Wright always moved toward the philosophical and ethereal, even if the intention wasn't to start out that way. In a Mike Wallace interview in 1957, Wright stated, "I go occasionally to this one, and then sometimes to that one, but my church I put a capital N on Nature and go there" regarding church.

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Keira Knightley

In Interview magazine, Knightley once stated, "If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything. You’d just ask for forgiveness and then you’d be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt."

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Emma Thompson

Thompson is adamantly nonreligious. In an interview with The Australian, she said, "I'm an atheist; I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion."

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Helen Mirren

The famously frank British actor told the Daily Express that "I'd describe myself as a Christian who doesn't believe in God. I can't help being Christian because I was brought up in Britain and the morality of Christianity is part of the fabric of this country.  But I don't believe in God."

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George Clooney

Clooney his fairly tight-lipped about his personal beliefs, but he did state "I don't happen to have those beliefs as much. I don't believe in those things." on a Larry King interview.

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Jodie Foster

The Silence of the Lambs actor once flatly told Entertainment Weekly that she was an atheist and that she hadn't found her own proof that would make her believe in God.

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Zac Efron

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2007, Efron noted that he was raised agnostic and that his family never practiced religion.

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Javier Bardem

In an interview with GQ while doing press for the James Bond movie he was in, Bardem stated that “I’ve always said I don’t believe in God, I believe in Al Pacino.”

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Katharine Hepburn

In an interview with Ladies' Home Journal, Hepburn proclaimed, "I'm an atheist, and that's it." Additionally, in an interview with Dick Cavett, she stated, "No, I don't think you go anywhere when you die. I hope you just lie in the ground happy, at rest at last."

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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore might not believe in God, but at least she’s keeping a somewhat open mind and sense of humor about the whole thing. When asked what God would say to her in heaven, she replied, “Well, I guess you were wrong. I do exist.” 

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Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner definitely didn’t thank God for all the beautiful women in his life. The Playboy founder regarded religion as “a myth” and an attempt to explain the unexplainable. 

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t just have harsh words for God--he’s got something to say about all sorts of metaphysical claims. Phoenix has been quoted as saying, “I don't believe in God. I don't believe in afterlife. I don't believe in soul.”

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David Cross

David Cross may embrace his Jewish ethnicity, but he doesn’t embrace the religion of Judaism itself. He’s talked about his atheism publicly on multiple occasions. 

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Kathy Griffin

It can be difficult to decide when Kathy Griffin is joking or being serious, so you might want to take her atheism admission with a grain of salt. In her Emmy acceptance speech, Griffin said, “A lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn't help me a bit. ... So all I can say is suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

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Ian McKellen

When speaking about his atheism, McKellen spoke of God more like a stranger than a non-entity. “I'm an atheist. So God, if She exists, isn't really a part of my life.”

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Billy Joel

Musician Billy Joel had strong words about his lack of belief in God. During a Howard Stern interview, Joel remarked that he was an atheist who would rather “laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.”

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Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane has never been one to shy away from his atheism nor the importance he places on it. He sees atheism as a cure for mysticism and New Age practices. 

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Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon is an atheist who strongly believes in the separation of church and state. Unfortunately for him, his most famous atheist quote doesn’t quite capture his high mindedness: “I don't believe in God, but if I did, I would say that sex is a God-given right.”

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt considers himself an atheist, but he can’t quite bring himself to condemn religion as forcefully as some other celebrities. “My feelings on religion are starting to morph. I'm still very much an atheist, except that I don't necessarily see religion as being a bad thing.”

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Ricky Gervais

Comedian Ricky Gervais is an atheist, which should surprise exactly no one--he really can’t seem to shut up about it. There’s never a time when he’s not cracking jokes, and that includes when he’s speaking about atheism. 

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Larry King

Journalist Larry King is not one to shy away from tough issues, and that includes the issue of religion. He argues that religion stems from a fear of death and that if death didn’t exist, neither would religion. 

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Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow had an unusual response when asked if he believed in God. Instead of talking about the big man upstairs, Manilow mentioned another guy: “Yes, his name is Clive Davis, and he's the head of my record company.”

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Woody Allen

Filmmaker Woody Allen may be Jewish, but that doesn’t mean he’s religious. However, like most things, he doesn’t take atheism very seriously itself. He was quoted as saying, “Not only is God dead, but just try to find a plumber on weekends.”

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has never called herself an atheist, but when it comes to God, she’s skeptical to say the least. “There doesn't need to be a God for me. There's something in people that's spiritual, that's godlike. I don't feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don't really know if it's better to just not believe in anything, either.” 

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Amber Heard

Amber Heard was raised in the Catholic church, but she lost her faith at the age of 16. After a friend's death in a car accident, the actress realized that tomorrow wasn't promised and that she had no one looking out for her except herself. 

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