Top Ten Atheists

The Top Ten
Richard Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The God Delusion. He is also known for coining the word "meme" in 1976, although the word is most commonly used to describe internet memes of today. ...read more.

A truly brilliant man whose advocacy of reason and skepticism and investigation over faith and complacency are inspiring and beautiful.

One just has to admire his patience when he is arguing with all those stupid believers. Pretty much everyone else would just give up.

I am glad this guy is 1! Great guy.

EVERYONE should read his books.

Christopher Hitchens Christopher Eric Hitchens was a British-American author, columnist, essayist, orator, journalist, and social critic.

His command of the English language was unmatched in our time, no contemporary able to match his power of speech before or since his death. Even after his passing, his wisdom continues to resonate and change minds.

I'm actually a very religious person, but I respect Christopher Hitchens. While I disagree with him, he is an incredible orator. He's quick, witty, funny, and just plain likable. And his arguments tend to be a little more creative. A teenage YouTube atheist could fill in Dawkins's shoes in a debate and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference because he has nothing interesting to say.

His political views might have been terrible but his way of representing atheists is something that millions of us will always love him for. Thank you Hitchens you are always missed.

Although I love Dawkins and his clear, concise arguments put religious people in their place, no-one can be as funny, charismatic and true as Hitchens. His Hitchslaps are relevant and funny,RIP Hitch!

Matt Dillahunty

His knowledge of the Bible, of philosophy, and of logic are unparalleled in our time, and he rivals Hitchens in his ability to speak.

Dillahunty could convince God not to believe in God.

Phenomenal debator, always reasonable and to the point.

One of the best debators on the list. Should be top 10!

Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

The one guy who told us the truth that "God is dead".

His thoughts are deep and he is very radical

Greatest mind of all time

Sam Harris

The man is a genius.
He is rational.
Laconic as he is, he can run circles in any theist debate.
He should tie with Dawkins

A very well-spoken man with arguments to challenge even the most fervent believer.

The best rational debater, his backyard diamond analogy is fantastic.

I can watch him on YouTube for hours.

DarkMatter2525 DarkMatter2525 is an atheist YouTuber who is known for making animations that mainly poke fun at fundamentalist religious views.

His animations are not just hilarious, they are intelligent and thought-provoking.

Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

I read somewhere that he was an inspiration to so many atheists. Great job and RIP Stephen Hawking. He was such a great scientist and we need more minds like him.

Smartest man alive, definitely an Atheist. Religion would kill too many brain cells

He recently stated publicly that he is indeed an atheist.

Smartest person ever! He made pig progress in astrophysycs.

George Carlin George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.

Best person to ever live

Carl Sagan Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.

In my opinion Carl is the smartest person ever to live.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

She gets forgotten way too often. Her well-spoken first-hand accounts of the damage Islam does to the world, from the immersive perspective of a former Muslim, is what makes her arguments against a religion we're trained not to criticize so powerful.

The Contenders
Daniel Dennett
Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

He doesn't identify as an atheist mainly to avoid the pitfall of having other people assume his beliefs based on his label, something which we know happens with unfortunate frequency. That being said, he certainly doesn't believe in any god, and his knowledge of science is what allows him to argue against religion so effectively, and with a great sense of humor.

Thank you for dumbing things down enough for me. I think you are wonderful for explaining science to us less educated. I love science, but hate school.

Not only that, you have a great personality.

Thanks.

"Does it mean, if you don’t understand something, and the community of physicists don’t understand it, that means God did it?... If that’s how you want to invoke your evidence for God, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance that’s getting smaller and smaller and smaller as time moves on."
Source - The Moon, the Tides & why Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Colbert's God

Epicurus
Jaclyn Glenn
Jean Meslier
Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.
Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
Lawrence Krauss

Simply the most intelligent human being on this planet.

Baron d’Holbach
Ricky Gervais Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and former singer and manager.

He destroyed religion

Bill Maher William "Bill" Maher is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host.

I don't agree with some of his political views, but he is pretty funny and smart

Ludwig Feuerbach
Adam Savage
Pierre Laplace
Bill Nye William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.

As a knowledgeable scientist, he can shut up any creationist in 5 minutes (Ken Ham)

This guy had (won) a debate with Ken Ham

Bill Nye is pretty awesome.

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