List of converts to Christianity from nontheism

This is a list of notable converts to Christianity who were not theists before their conversion. See Nontheism for specifics of what all fits that. All names should be sourced and the source should indicate they had not been a theist, not merely non-churchgoing, before conversion.

Converted to Anglicanism or Episcopalianism

Converted to Catholicism

Converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Converted to Protestantism

Converts to the Quaker faith

  • Whittaker Chambers – Former Communist turned conservative writer.[90][91]
  • Gerald Priestland – News correspondent who discusses having once been the "school atheist" in Something Understood: An Autobiography. He became a Quaker after an emotional breakdown.[92]

Unspecified or other


  1. ^ San Francisco Chronicle: At 8, she read H. G. Wells' "The Outline of History" and pronounced herself an atheist.
  2. ^ Interview with Tamsin Greig in The Guardian
  3. ^ Interview at the Guardian
  4. ^ Near Christianity: "Hitchens describes his tumultuous journey from atheist to Christian and the moral reasoning that caused his conversion," book description
  5. ^ I couldn't paint golden angels by Albert Meltzer, pg 319
  6. ^ The Return of Christian Humanism by Lee Oser, pg 46
  7. ^ Humanist Heritage
  8. ^ "Lewis lapsed into atheism in his teens but experienced a reconversion to Christianity in 1931." Lewis, C.S.. (2007). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 28 June 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
  9. ^ biography on official website
  10. ^ The Guardian's obituary of Powell
  11. ^ The Guardian
  12. ^ Article from the University of Wollongong
  13. ^ The Guardian Quote: Even though she was raised an atheist, in the past three or four years she has been going to church. In her eighth decade, she has even submitted to being baptised.
  14. ^ Grand Forks Herald
  15. ^ Free Inquiry
  16. ^ Voices Online Edition "Elizabeth voraciously read books concerning religious faith. ... She finally announced, at 15, that she wanted to become a Catholic."
  17. ^ Crisis Magazine
  18. ^ Medieval Roles for Modern Times by Helen Solterer, pg 85
  19. ^ Tim Stanley's blog at The Telegraph
  20. ^ Career stories: Belle Epoque novels of professional development by Juliette M. Rogers, pg 55
  21. ^ Obituary at the Guardian
  22. ^ Newsweek obituary
  23. ^ St. Petersburg Times
  24. ^ MSNBC
  25. ^ American Enterprise Institute
  26. ^ Page for "The Last Superstition"
  27. ^ Obituary at the Independent
  28. ^ I have met Him: God exists by André Frossard "We were what could be called perfect atheists, the kind that no longer ever question their atheism." (not in link itself)
  29. ^ "The making of gay marriage’s top foe" by Mark Oppenheimer; Salon: "I was an atheist from the youngest age. When I was 16, I became a Randian. Becoming a Catholic began as an intellectual thing."
  30. ^ Interview in the National Review: FMG:You've mentioned that you now believe in God. How recent is that? Eugene Genovese: It's in the last two years. You know, in The Southern Front I still spoke as an atheist; one reviewer said that I protest too much. When the book came off the press and I had to reread it, I started wrestling with the problem philosophically, and I lost.
  31. ^ Telegraph "She reacted strongly against her parents' beliefs and became a Catholic at 19, because she 'no longer found it possible to disbelieve in God.'" (pg 2)
  32. ^ UC Berkeley article
  33. ^ PBS
  34. ^ Time Magazine from 19 July 1963 "Lepp has the credentials to explain the mind of the atheist: he was one himself for 27 years."
  35. ^ Catholic Converts: British and American Intellectuals Turn to Rome by Patrick Allitt, pg 199-201
  36. ^ Phenomenological approaches to moral philosophy By John J. Drummond, Lester E. Embree; pg 269
  37. ^ A Fierce Hatred of Injustice By Winston James, Claude McKay: "Prior to his conversion to Catholicism in 1944, his atheism was one of the most powerful and enduring threads of continuity in his outlook on life."
  38. ^ Claude McKay: rebel sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance : a biography, pgs 357-359
  39. ^ "From Rome to the World: The Global Offensive of the Catholic Media" 20 August 2004
  40. ^ Who's who in hell by Warren Allen Smith, pg 57
  41. ^ First Things
  42. ^ Malcolm Muggeridge: A Life by Ian Hunter
  43. ^ Chicago Sun-Times obituary
  44. ^ Nathanson, Bernand Aborting America (1981 Pinnacle Books)
  45. ^ The Miami News - April 9, 1965: "His conversion to Catholicism ended 50 years of questioning doubt as an agnostic."
  46. ^ Rome News-Tribune - May 29, 1952
  47. ^ Cassell dictionary of Italian literature, pg 423: "Although a confirmed atheist in his youth, Papini experienced a religious conversion in later life..."
  48. ^ Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture
  49. ^ The American Spectator
  50. ^ Political ecumenism: Catholics, Jews and Protestants in de Gaulle's Free ... by Geoffrey Adams, pg 85
  51. ^ Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  52. ^ Sustaining the earth by John Young, pgs 96-112
  53. ^ New Scientist 26 July 1984. pg 38
  54. ^ Decibel Magazine
  55. ^ University of Chicago "made a spiritual journey from atheism to agnosticism before eventually converting to Catholicism"
  56. ^ Race: the history of an idea in America by Thomas F. Gossett, pg 390
  57. ^ The American Conservative
  58. ^ "...he was an atheist arguing for religious values, a man writing an essay on religion 'in a spirit of irreligion.'... He would not convert to Catholicism for two decades, but his need for religious authority was acute even in 1930." Allen Tate: Orphan of the South, p. 167, biographer Thomas A. Underwood, Princeton University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-691-06950-6
  59. ^ Norwegian Women's Writing 1850-1990 by Janet Garton, Page 125
  60. ^ Six Modern British Novelists by George Stade, pgs 53-55
  61. ^ Interview with John C. Wright at "Mostly Fiction": "For many years I had been an atheist, and a vehement, argumentative, proselytizing atheist at that. I saw no other possible option for belief for a logical thinker. My recent conversion to Christianity was a miracle, prompted by a supernatural revelation, which has satisfied my skepticism in this area, and saved my life."
  62. ^ Amazon page for "Atheist to Catholic"
  63. ^ The Guardian
  64. ^ Atlantic Times
  65. ^ Nihilism by Eugene Rose from Columbia University
  66. ^ Pomona College
  67. ^ The Australian
  68. ^ Seattle Times "In 1975, he threw off his atheism and became a Christian."
  69. ^ "He converted from atheism to Christianity in his twenties after seeing how radically his patients' faith transformed their experience of suffering, and after reading several works by C. S. Lewis." The Question of God: Interview with Francis Collins, WGBH Educational Foundation, 2004 (Accessed 14 June 2007)
  70. ^ [Bo Giertz, The Hammer of God,revised edition, XIII, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 2005.
  71. ^ Men who made Labour: the PLP of 1906, pg 75
  72. ^ Spartacus Schoolnet "Although raised as an atheist, Hardie was converted to Christianity in 1897."
  73. ^ Stockport Express 17 May 2006
  74. ^ Cotswold Journal 14 October 2010
  75. ^ "The Killer and the Pastor" article from
  76. ^ Beryhill, Mary. "Akiane Kramarik: Dream Child". Christianity Today. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  77. ^ Centi, Lori Rose. "Interview: Akiane speaks of heaven and paintings". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  78. ^ The Post and Courier
  79. ^ USA Today
  80. ^ [1]
  81. ^ statement of William J. Murray
  82. ^ Marxism and Me by Marvin Olasky: My communism was based on atheism, and when I could no longer be an atheist, I resigned from the party.
  83. ^ Creators Syndicate Profile
  84. ^ University of Bielefeld
  85. ^ article obituary (Copied by of Higher Education has the following "Because George was a fire-spitting atheist and Julia a devout Christian, their relationship was contentious from the beginning. After eight years, the marriage ended in acrimony." "On June 7 [1970] I gave in and admitted that God existed", he explained to friends.
  86. ^ American Humanist's "Top Ten Sexiest Female Celebrity Atheists"
  87. ^ Article by Mira Sorvino in "Guideposts", via Huffington Post, where she mentions her Christian faith
  88. ^ Interview for Christianity Today: I was so outspoken about not believing in God. I had real problems with Christians.]
  89. ^ [2] "I knew it was Jesus immediately from the moment I started shaking. It was like he just came up and introduced himself to me. I remember him saying, “You don’t have to have this if you don’t want it.” And I said, “No, I want it.”"
  90. ^ Heritage Foundation
  91. ^ TruTV: "He had been an atheist and had been kicked out of Columbia University for writing a play considered blasphemous."
  92. ^ Antiqbook
  93. ^ Wall Street Journal
  94. ^ The Guardian "I grew up, and stopped being an atheist, in my 20s, in the 1980s."
  95. ^ "I was brought up as an agnostic... and when I first became a Christian in the Seventies I didn't really know what it was I'd adopted." Faith in Practice: Holding on to the Mystery of Love, by Bruce Cockburn as told to Cole Morton, Third Way, September 1994, page 15. (Accessed 13 June 2007)
  96. ^ , The Guardian, 27 April 2013Weekender: Karl Dallas, writer, 82Becky Barnicoat, . Retrieved 2 July 2013
  97. ^ Ohio Atheists
  98. ^ Statement disavowing Atheism
  99. ^ Norge IDAG - Monsen med bok om sin tro
  100. ^ Interview at Inspire Magazine
  101. ^
  102. ^ New Statesman
  103. ^ TheTrueSeven. Peter Baltes of Accept Heavy metal band from Germany. Sep 23, 2011. Retrieved on October 13th, 2014.
  104. ^
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