Famous Atheists Turned Christian...

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Who are some famous atheists that became Christian....and on the flip side....who are some famous Christians who became atheists?

Non-Biblical people only please.....

And go.......
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Malcolm Muggeridge was an atheist who turned Christian after being around Mother Teresa.
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C.S. Lewis comes to mind.
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Dorothy Day
Edith Stein
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Dave Mustaine from Megadeth
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Brian "Head" Welch
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None of those people were famous as atheists though, were they? They most famous conversion away from atheism I can think of is Antony Flew, although he became a deist and not a Christian.
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Were they really Atheists/Agnostic or just uncertain or unsure of their faith. I have met a few who claimed they were Atheists when they were younger who were actually not certain and were looking for God.
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I have met a few who claimed they were Atheists when they were younger who were actually not certain and were looking for God

Great point
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Wow, this is an impressive list we have going...
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Oscar Wilde
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Wow, this is an impressive list we have going...

Still longer than the prominent Christians that became atheist.
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I have met a few who claimed they were Atheists when they were younger who were actually not certain and were looking for God.


Wow. Sorta like the way murderous dictators were never really atheists.
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William J. Murry, son of Madelyn Murray O’Hare comes to mind.
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None of those people were famous as atheists though, were they?
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hello? dave mustaine? you obviously don't know crap about metal
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Lee Strobel....think he was an atheist.
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Money and status can be obtained by atheists who proclaim conversion to Christianity. Neither is likely to go to prominent Christians who proclaim conversion to atheism. The reverse: they are suddenly out of a job. So comparing numbers of prominent converts is meaningless. Atheists in a prominent position within Christianity obviously have kept it to themselves.
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^^^^^ +1
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None of the ones I mentioned garnered money nor status because of their conversion.

You really think that if a prominent Christian became an atheist that he/she could not garner talking gigs and a publishing deal?
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^^^^^^^^^+1
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John Clayton
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Christian to Atheist or Agnostic
George Orwell
Charles Darwin
Charles Templeton
B.F. Skinner
Charles Schulz
Katherine Hepburn

I'm sure there are plenty more, but these are fairly easy to verify based on interviews or other publications. I like Sinvacation's point.
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None of those people were famous as Christians though, were they?
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Also none of them seems to have suffered career wise due to their disbelief.
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None of those people were famous as Christians though, were they?

Templeton was. He was an evangelist with Billy Graham.

ETA: Hepburn never really addressed the issue until an interview in '91, long after her career was over. In many cases, it's either a non-issue or they recognize the potential damage and dance around it. There are a number of celebrities who walk the Pagan line for that reason.

[This message has been edited by txdragonfly (edited 5/22/2011 5:11p).]
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Lee Strobel has seen MUCH more success since conversion.
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Bart Ehrman - former evangelical seminarian and expert on biblical language and textual criticism, having studied at the Princeton Theological Seminary under Bruce Metzger.

Famous then for writing and performing childrens songs. Famous now for books exposing fraud, redactions and interpolations in the NT.

It should be noted that he defines himself as an Agnostic, so feel free to dismiss him.
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