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Christian Former Atheists and Agnostics  

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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
age 68
Converted to Christianity

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A. R. Rahman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
age 52
Converted to Islam

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

4
Alister McGrath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
age 66
Converted to Christianity

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dec. 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
Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)
Converted to Christianity

7
Anders Borg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
age 51
Converted to Christianity

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André Frossard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
André Frossard Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 77

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Annie Besant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Dec. 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
Dec. at 87 (1923-2010)

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Arnold Lunn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
Arnold Lunn Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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

25
Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Former Atheists and Agnostics
age 57
Converted to Christianity