Top Ten Atheists

The Top Ten

1 Friedrich Nietzsche 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.

His thoughts are deep and he is very radical

Greatest mind of all time

Actually Iam also an ATHEIST

I hope you can learn to know Christ the God soon, I would be lost without. - MovieFan007

2 Richard Dawkins 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.

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

Richard dawkins is such an embarrassment for atheists. He is such a jerk and always so rude. He understands nothing about religion or its followers. Same with hitchens. Please atheists. if you want sanity, try Neil Degrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking. Stop flocking to these rude morons who speak on topics they have zero authority on. He contributes to the divide between religion and atheism and because of people like him, our progress towards world peace is being hindered. - GrimmShady

No you don't. I wasn't attacking his opinions, I was attacking his character and how it contributes to an ever growing hatred between religious and non-religious folks. I've noticed that you've been attacking people on this site for using logical fallacies. Its funny because I have witnessed you use several different fallacies in your own argumentation. - GrimmShady

I am glad this guy is 1! Great guy. - gemcloben

"...stupid believers..."
Do you, as do Dawkins and Hawking, believe that SOMETHING can come from NOTHING?
Do you reject the Aristotlean principle of first cause?
If so, it's clear who the "stupid believer" is.

As a Christian I always try to be respectful to Atheists and I don't say things like this, else I can't expect them not to call me a fairy tale believer. And I believe in evolution and Big Bang. One can be religious without being creationist. The Bible is full of examples, symbols, not just facts. - Alkadikce

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3 Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens

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.

I'm a huge fan of Dawkins but Hitchens was a way better debater.

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!

4 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 13, 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. - PhoenixAura81

Greatest mind of the century.

He recently stated publicly that he is indeed an atheist.

RIP Stephen Hawking - ARandomPerson

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5 George Carlin 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

6 Carl Sagan 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.

7 Epicurus Epicurus
8 Joseph Stalin 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.

Mario rip-off

Why the hell is he so high? Seriously fack this game, he doesn’t even deserve to be on this list

9 Jean Meslier
10 Sam Harris

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

I can watch him on YouTube for hours. - Fjunegull

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 - Robobrain

The Contenders

11 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
12 Baron d’Holbach
13 Lawrence Krauss

Simply the most intelligent human being on this planet.

14 Ludwig Feuerbach

Along with Nietzsche, an ideological forefather to the nightmare of Naziism.

15 Neil deGrasse Tyson 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.

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.

16 Pierre Laplace
17 Daniel Dennett
18 Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.

He should be higher, at least in the top ten - Ankon

19 Bill Maher 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 - ryanrimmel

20 Bill Nye 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) - ryanrimmel

This guy had (won) a debate with Ken Ham

Bill Nye is pretty awesome. - PhoenixAura81

21 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

Really? I thought he'd be Christian.

22 Charles Darwin Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

He sure as hell was not a Christian either. Charles Darwin was an amazing man. He knew what he was talking about. And his theory of evolution is extremely useful. Makes more sense. The Book of Mormon can burn in a fire. Charles Darwin's origins of species is actual scientific evidence.

Darwin wasn't an atheist, just saying. - Therandom

I think I read somewhere that he was agnostic. - PhoenixAura81

Darwin was not an atheist.
He attributed the initiation of evolution to a Creator.
The attribution was correct.
The theory was demonstrably wrong.

23 Johann Goethe

Goethe was not an atheist.
He rebelled against organized religion, dabbled in pantheism, but at heart remained a Christian, albeit an unorthodox one.

24 Ayaan Hirsi Ali
25 Ludwig Buchner
26 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.
27 Penn & Teller
28 Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, Fry secured a place at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English ...read more.

I saw an interview with him. He really isn't afraid to state his opinion. I respect him. - IronSabbathPriest

29 Matt Dillahunty

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

30 Avicenna
31 Steven Pinker
32 Ernesto Che Guevara
33 Franz Kafka Franz Kafka Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.
34 Alan Turing Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. V 1 Comment
35 Tyler the Creator Tyler the Creator Tyler Gregory Okonma (born March 6, 1991), better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, record producer, and music video director.

I totally agree

36 Tim Minchin
37 Ricky Gervais Ricky Gervais Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and former singer and manager.

He destroyed religion - JazzPunk

38 Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.

I read that he was raised Jewish and then claims to be atheist. Yeah, we'd get along pretty well. Considering I was raised religiously (Catholic) and then identified as atheist later. - PhoenixAura81

That's right people. Harry Potter himself has claimed to be an atheist.

39 Seth Andrews
40 George Orwell George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
41 Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov Isaac Asimov, born Isaak Ozimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science.
42 Andre Breton Andre Breton André Breton (19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer, poet, anarchist and anti-fascist. He is best known as one of the founders of Surrealism in literature and art. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism ...read more.
43 Kim Deal Kim Deal Kimberley Ann "Kim" Deal is an American singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the former bassist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band The Pixies, and the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for The Breeders.
44 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. ...read more.
45 Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. ...read more.
46 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.
47 Jim Jefferies Jim Jefferies Geoffrey James Nugent, known professionally as Jim Jefferies, is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer.
48 Jodie Foster Jodie Foster Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director and producer who has worked in films and on television. She has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation.
49 Ian McKellen Ian McKellen Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards.
50 Barack Obama, Sr.
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