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A list of notable, famous atheists who abandoned their atheist or agnostic beliefs and started to believe in a deity or deities. Though most of the ex-atheists on this list converted to a recognized, organized religion - such as Christianity or Islam - many have remained outside of a structured religion, but have pronounced a belief in God or numerous gods. (Atheists who have accepted some kind of spirituality that does not strictly include a god figure have been left off the list, as they may continue to be recognized as agnostic.)

An atheist is defined as a person that actively rejects the idea of a deity or deities. An agnostic, on the other hand, does not deny the possibility that a god or gods exist, but claims that such information is unknowable or unable to be demonstrated. These individuals once fell under one of these definitions, but have since accepted and spoken publicly about the existence of a deity figure. The majority of the figures on this list later converted to some form of Christianity, though the list also includes Hindus, Muslims, Jews and members of the Bahai religion as well. (As indicated, Buddhists, who do not necessarily believe in a god figure, are not included.)

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A. N. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
A. N. Wilson age 66 - Converted to Christianity

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
A. R. Rahman age 50 - Converted to Islam

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Died at 90 (1918-2008) - Converted to Christianity

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Alister McGrath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Alister McGrath age 64 - Converted to Christianity

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Allen Tate Died at 80 (1899-1979) - Converted to Christianity

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Ammon Hennacy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Ammon Hennacy Died at 77 (1893-1970) - Converted to Christianity

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Anders Borg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Anders Borg age 49 - Converted to Christianity

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André Frossard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
André Frossard Died at 80 (1915-1995) - Converted to Christianity

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Alice Thomas Ellis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Alice Thomas Ellis Died at 73 (1932-2005) - Converted to Christianity

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Anne Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Anne Rice age 75

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Annie Besant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Annie Besant Died at 86 (1847-1933) - Converted to Hinduism

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Antony Flew is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Antony Flew Died at 87 (1923-2010)

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Arnold Lunn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Arnold Lunn Died at 86 (1888-1974) - Converted to Christianity

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Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Avery Cardinal Dulles Died at 90 (1918-2008) - Converted to Christianity

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Benny Lévy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Benny Lévy Died at 58 (1945-2003) - Converted to Judaism

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Bernard Nathanson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Bernard Nathanson Died at 85 (1926-2011) - Converted to Christianity

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Bo Giertz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Bo Giertz Died at 93 (1905-1998) - Converted to Christianity

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
C. S. Lewis Died at 65 (1898-1963) - Converted to Christianity

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Charles le Gai Eaton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Charles le Gai Eaton Died at 89 (1921-2010) - Converted to Islam

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Charles Péguy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Charles Péguy Died at 41 (1873-1914) - Converted to Christianity

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Christian B. Anfinsen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Christian B. Anfinsen Died at 79 (1916-1995) - Converted to Judaism

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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Claude McKay Died at 59 (1889-1948) - Converted to Christianity

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Czes?aw Mi?osz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Czes?aw Mi?osz Converted to Christianity

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Dame Cicely Saunders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dame Cicely Saunders Converted to Christianity

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Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dave Mustaine age 55 - Converted to Christianity

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Dave Sim is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dave Sim age 59

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David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
David Kelly Died at 83 (1929-2012) - Converted to Bahai

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David P. Goldman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
David P. Goldman Converted to Judaism

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David Wolpe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
David Wolpe age 57 - Converted to Judaism

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Dawn Eden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dawn Eden age 47 - Converted to Christianity

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E. F. Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
E. F. Schumacher Died at 66 (1911-1977) - Converted to Christianity

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Edith Stein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Edith Stein Died at 51 (1891-1942) - Converted to Christianity

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Eliyahu Rips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Eliyahu Rips age 68 - Converted to Judaism

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Enoch Powell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Enoch Powell Died at 86 (1912-1998) - Converted to Christianity

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Eugene Genovese is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Eugene Genovese Died at 82 (1930-2012) - Converted to Christianity

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Evelyn Waugh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Evelyn Waugh Died at 63 (1903-1966) - Converted to Christianity

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Fay Weldon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Fay Weldon age 85 - Converted to Christianity

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Félix Leseur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Félix Leseur Converted to Christianity

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Ferdinand Brunetière is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Ferdinand Brunetière Died at 57 (1849-1906) - Converted to Christianity

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Francis Collins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Francis Collins age 67 - Converted to Christianity

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Gabriel Marcel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Gabriel Marcel Died at 84 (1889-1973) - Converted to Christianity

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Gabrielle Carey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics

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George R. Price is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
George R. Price Died at 53 (1922-1975) - Converted to Christianity

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Gerald Priestland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Gerald Priestland Died at 64 (1927-1991) - Converted to Christianity

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Giovanni Papini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Giovanni Papini Died at 75 (1881-1956) - Converted to Christianity

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Hilary Putnam is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Hilary Putnam age 90 - Converted to Judaism

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Ignace Lepp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Ignace Lepp Died at 57 (1909-1966) - Converted to Christianity

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Ilich Ramírez Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez Converted to Islam

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J. Neil Schulman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics

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John C. Wright is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
John C. Wright age 54 - Converted to Christianity