Atheists In History


What do Ludwig Van Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte and Bruce Lee have in common? They’re all atheists!

When I was first discussing religion and taking an in-depth look at everything to do with atheism and logic, I was very surprised at how many famous people are atheists. I think that we forget how many great people are godless, and I made this post to remind us all. Below are five famous atheists and proof that they are godless. Do not forget that I am using the term ‘atheism’ to describe agnosticism and anti-theism as well.

1. Bruce Lee

He was an American born Chinese martial artist, actor and philosopher, and also the founder of the Jeet Kune Do combat form. As he developed Jeet Kune Do he cited influence from Taoism and Buddhism, but was himself an atheist who expressed disbelief in God.

2. Napoleon Bonaparte

Mostly remembered for the Napoleonic wars, this French general was an amazing military strategist. While Wikipedia has him labelled as a Deist, his own quotes show his true position:

“All religions have been made by men”
“If I had to choose a religion,the Sun as the universal giver of life would be my god”
“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet”

3. Epicurus

Born in 341 b.c.e. in Athens, Epicurus established the school of philosophy known as Epicureanism. He insisted that nothing which cannot be tested through direct observation and defended through logical deduction should be believed.

4. Mark Zuckerberg

The founder of Facebook and one of the world’s 100 most influential people for 2008, Mark Zuckerberg openly identifies himself as an atheist.

5. Stephen Hawking

Probably one of the world’s most famous atheists along with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and a few others, Stephen Hawking is best known his contributions to the fields of cosmology, quantum gravity and general relativity. While he does not profess atheism, he does profess agnosticism.

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