The majority of Americans are religiously affiliated and the majority of those are Christian, though there are growing numbers of other faiths such as Islam and Judaism as well. This is in stark contrast to many other Western nations where religion is slowly becoming a minor component of day-to-day life. However, it is also true that atheism is becoming more popular in the United States and the Pew Religious Landscape survey of 2014 puts them at 3.1% of all Americans.
So let’s take a look at 15 celebrities that you probably didn’t know were among that 3.1%:
#15 Daniel Radcliffe
The star of the Harry Potter movies was raised in a mixed-faith household of Protestantism and Judaism. However, he chose to focus on something different by becoming an atheist and says; “I have a lot of faith in my generation. I have to. We have to develop our own moral system.”
#14 Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was once a Christian but a tragic event in her life made her turn away from God and become an atheist. She once told the Hollywood Reporter that “I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no ‘there’ there.” She says that she feels more in charge of her own life after the change.
#13 Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong has faced down death, in the form of cancer, and not only lived to tell the tale but also went on and become the supreme champion of his sport, cycling. His brush with death didn’t change his beliefs though and he still says he is an atheist to the core.
#12 Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis’ atheism isn’t really a staunch advocacy that there is no God. It’s more based on the fact that he feels overwhelmed by the choices offered by the different faiths available in the modern world and has instead opted to pursue none of them rather than make the wrong call.
#11 Arian Foster
In a sport where religion is constantly associated with the game; it takes a brave man to step forward and say he’s not taking part. Arian Foster is one of the very few NFL players to have publicly acknowledged his own atheism. It’s clearly not “God’s sport” for Arian and his friends.