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1. Marilyn Monroe

Christian Science
Marilyn Monroe was raised in Christian Science, a religion based on the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, "Science & Health With Key to the Scriptures," which teaches that Jesus Christ's way of healing is available to all people, as his actions were the practical demonstration of a spiritual power.

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2. Joaquin Phoenix

Children of God
Phoenix's parents were members of the Christian Children of God cult as missionaries before Joaquin or his brother River were born. Children of God was known to encourage its members to use sex to attract potential converts, and was accused on several occasions of child abuse. The Phoenix family left Children of God when Joaquin was 6 years old.


Average listal rating (891 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating
3. Jennifer Lopez

Catholicism/ Scientology
American singer Jennifer Lopez was raised Catholic but became a Scientologist with former husband Marc Anthony. It has been reported that the two split due to a misunderstanding on which religion their twins would be brought up with. Lopez wanted to send the children to a private Scientology School, but Anthony disagreed.


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4. Britney Spears

Baptist
Spears was raised in the Southern Baptist Convention. She became involved with Kabbalah in the late 90's when the religion become trendy among fellow Hollywood performers. In 2006, after the birth of her first child, Spears gave a public statement saying she no longer studied Kabbalah, and that "[her] baby was [her] religion." Currently, It's been reported that the singer is back to practicing Baptism.



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5. Angelina Jolie

Atheist
"There doesn't need to be a God for me. There's something in people that's spiritual, that's godlike. I don't feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don't really know if it's better to just not believe in anything, either."

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6. Evangeline Lilly

Baptist and Mennonite
Evangeline Lilly had a religious and grounded upbringing as a Baptist and Mennonite. The actress even taught Sunday school for two years at one point.

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7. Katy Perry

Christian
Katy Perry, the daughter of extremely devout parents, began singing in her family's church. After graduating high school and continuing to pursue a career in music, the singer signed her first record deal with Red Hill records, a Christian music label.

Average listal rating (1732 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
8. Nicole Kidman

Roman Catholicism
Kidman was brought up a Roman Catholic. She attended Mary Mackillop Chapel in North Sydney, and during her divorce with Tom Cruise the actress admitted that she did not want her children to be raised in Scientology.

Average listal rating (119 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
9. Ricky Martin

Open to all religious beliefs
Singer Ricky Martin was raised Catholic while growing up in his hometown San Juan in Puerto Rico. Martin has declared that he is especially close to the Buddhist philosophy, but that he does not identify himself as a Buddhist and that he is open to all sorts of religious beliefs.


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10. Jessica Simpson

Baptist
Actress and singer Jessica Simpson is the daughter of a Baptist minister. As a child, she began singing for her local Baptist Church. After she was famous she stressed her religion in the public eye by announcing she would remain a virgin until marrying her then-boyfriend Nick Lachey. She even wrote the song, "Sweetest Sin," about her first time with Lachey for after they were married.

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11. Tom Cruise

Scientology
Cruise became involved with Scientology in 1990 through his first wife, Mimi Rogers. Since then, he's become an outspoken advocate for the Church of Scientology and has promoted several programs that induce people to the religion as well as campaigned for Europeans to recognize the church.

Average listal rating (478 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
12. Richard Gere

Tibetan Buddhism
Gere began his involvement in Buddhism when he traveled to Nepal in 1978. The actor has been practicing the religion even since and has met and has even been taught by the Dalai Lama.

Average listal rating (72 ratings) 4.5  IMDB Rating
13. Stephen Baldwin

Born-Again Christianity
Stephen Baldwin was raised Catholic along with brothers Alec, William and Daniel but became a Born-Again Christian after the 9/11 attacks. Becoming a Born-Again Christian means to be "re-born" in the Christian community though baptism. Baldwin got baptized was month after the attacks and founded the Breakthrough Ministry that same year.

Average listal rating (68 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
14. Parminder Nagra

Sikhism
Nagra, most famous for her role in "Bend It Like Beckham" and work on "ER," practices Sikhism, a religion in which there's a belief in One Immortal Being and 10 Gurus.

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15. Debbie Reynolds

Church of the Nazarene
Reynolds was raised in a devout Nazarene family, and says she still actively goes to church every Sunday.

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16. Madonna

Kabbalah
The pop star found Kabbalah, a mystical denomination of Judaism, in the mid-90s when she was pregnant. Since then, she's donated millions to Kabbalah causes and even planned to open a girls' school in Malawi until the plan soured in early 2011.

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17. Christopher Walken

Methodist
Walken was born into a Methodist family, and still maintains his faith.

Average listal rating (664 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
18. Kevin Bacon

Atheist
Actor Kevin Bacon has said of his beliefs, "I don’t believe in God, but if I did I would say that sex is a Godgiven right. Otherwise it’s the end of our species.

Average listal rating (22 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
19. Lupe Fiasco

Islam
The rapper was raised a Muslim, and maintains a lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol in adherence to his faith.

Average listal rating (180 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
20. George Harrison

Hare Krishna
The Beatles traveled to northern India after developing an interest in Indian music. The next year, Harrison fully embraced Hare Krishna, maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle and following Hindu scriptures. He kept his faith until his death in 2001.

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21. Elizabeth Taylor

Judaism
Taylor converted from Christianity to Judaism before marrying her second husband, Eddie Fisher. She has since embraced Kabbalah.

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22. Ben Kingsley

Quaker
Ben Kingsley was raised by religiously diverse parents. His father was Muslim and his mother was of Jewish descent. Kingsley decided not to follow either of his family's religious traditions, choosing, instead, to adopt the Quaker religion.

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23. Lady GaGa

Catholicism
Lady Gaga grew up in a Roman Catholic household. Even though she doesn't agree with all the teachings of the Church, she still claims to be very religious.

Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
24. Jay Sean

Sikhism
Jay Sean grew up in a Sikh family in Hounslow, west London. His choice to be a soul singer was not a traditional path, seeing as he was a "well brought up Sikh lad."

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25. Elisabeth Moss

Scientology
Elisabeth Moss, an adherent of Scientology, filed for divorce from her husband of 10 months, Fred Armisen, in September 2010. It is widely accepted that Moss' ties to Scientology encouraged the split.

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26. Serena Williams

Jehovah's Witness
Venus and Serena Williams follow the religion of their mother. Both tennis stars are Jehovah's Witnesses. When asked whether she would vote for President Barack Obama in 2008, Serena said, "I'm a Jehovah's Witness, so I don't get involved in politics. We stay neutral. We don't vote," she said. "So I'm not going to necessarily go out and vote for him. I would if it wasn't for my religion.


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27. Orlando Bloom

Buddhism
Orlando Bloom converted to Buddhism at the age of 19. He is a practicing member of Soka Gakkai International.

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28. Gladys Knight

Mormonism
Gladys Knight joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1998. Knight created and directs the Mormon choir Saints Unified Voices, a multicultural group.

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29. Mark Wahlberg

Catholicism
Mark Wahlberg is a committed Roman Catholic. He credits his faith and his church with helping him turn his life around.

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30. Prince

Jehovah's Witness
Prince has been a devout Jehovah's Witness since 2001. He takes an active role in his faith, going door-to-door talking with people and spreading his beliefs.

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31. David Lynch

Transcendental Meditation
The Twin Peaks director has practiced TM since 1976 and recently established the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, which aims to bring TM to students.

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32. Rainn Wilson

Baha'i
Rainn Wilson grew up in the Baha'i faith. He has been and continues to be very outspoken about the persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

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33. Iman

Islam
Iman was born in Somalia and raised in a Muslim family. Her mother purposely gave her a masculine name to set her apart; Iman means "faith" in Arabic.

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34. Mila Kunis

Judaism
Mila Kunis, in reference to her religion, is quoted as saying, "Well I was in Russia. I wasn't allowed to be religious. My whole family was in the Holocaust. My grandparents passed [away] and not many survived. After the Holocaust in Russia, you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish. You know who you are inside."

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35. Stephen Colbert

Catholicism
Stephen Colbert was raised in an Irish Catholic family. He is an active member of his religious community, teaching Sunday School.

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36. Julia Roberts

Hinduism
Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism while filming the movie "Eat, Pray, Love." She has expressed the desire to be reincarnated into 'something quiet' after dealing with the lavish and stressful celebrity lifestyle.

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37. Russell Simmons

Hindu/Buddhist Mix
Russell Simmons credits his religion, God, hard work, dedication, resilience and focus with helping him succeed. He practices yoga sutras and credits yoga for dramatically changing his life.

Average listal rating (401 ratings) 2.6  IMDB Rating
38. Justin Bieber

Christian
Justin Bieber does not shy away from talking about religion. When asked, he has spoken about his stance on abortion, of which he is against, and relates to his mother's faith. She is a Born Again Christian.


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39. Kim Kardashian

Armenian Orthodox
The Kardashians are Christian and adopted their father's religion, Armenian Orthodox. Kim Kardashian has claimed to give 10 percent of her wealth each year to the church or charity.

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40. Sylvester Stallone

Catholicism
The actor was born Roman Catholic, but stopped practicing when he became famous. Within the last ten years, Stallone has returned to the Church and attends Mass.

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41. Shohreh Aghdashloo

Islam
Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Iranian American actress. She was cast as Elizabeth, cousin of the Virgin Mary, in the biblical film "The Nativity Story." She humorously acknowledges the irony that she, a Muslim, was playing a Jewish character.

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42. Muhammad Ali

Islam
The world-champion boxer converted to the Nation of Islam in 1964, and then to Sunni Islam in 1975.

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43. Christopher Reeve

Unitarianism
The Superman actor jointed the Unitarian church around the age of 50. "I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don't know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do. The Unitarian believes that God is good, and believes that God believes that man is good. Inherently. The Unitarian God is not a God of vengeance. And that is something I can appreciate."

Average listal rating (41 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
44. John Denver

Erhard Seminars Training
The folk singer was a follower of the self-improvement association known as EST (Erhard Seminars Training)

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45. Woody Allen

Atheist
"Not only is there no God, but try getting a plumber on weekends." - "My Philosophy" in The New Yorker

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46. Jim Caviezel

Catholicism
The Passion of the Christ actor is a devout Catholic. "Jesus is there for us in the Scriptures. How often do we ignore Him? We must shake off this indifference. Only the Faith and the wisdom of the Church can save us, but it requires men and women, warriors ready to risk their good names, even their very lives to stand up for the truth."

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47. Judi Dench

Quaker
This Oscar-winning English actress became a member of the Society of Friends after attending a Quaker school. "Quaker Meetings are entirely to do with everybody else... passing things round... communing with other people. Theatre is live communication with other people."

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48. Mos Def

Islam
“I’m a private person, but I’m certainly not ashamed of what I believe. To not speak about my faith for fear of reprisal would be terrible. If people are uncomfortable with my Islam, they should check themselves.”

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49. Jenna Elfman

Scientology
The actress told Scientology's magazine, Celebrity: "I intend to make Scientology as accessible to as many people as I can." She said it's her "duty to clear the planet," by helping people get rid of negative thoughts and emotions.

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50. Mel Gibson

Traditionalist Catholic
Mel Gibson belongs to a Catholic sect that does not accept the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. "Vatican II corrupted the institution of the church. Look at the main fruits: dwindling numbers and pedophilia."


 

Beliefs and Definitions



"Agnostic" in normal usage today means "don't know" or having an open mind about religious belief, especially the existence of God. It can also mean something much firmer: that nothing is known, or can possibly be known, about God or supernatural phenomena, and that it is wrong to claim otherwise. That is the original meaning of the word, and 19th century "agnostics" lived their lives atheistically in practice - that is, without any reference to any concepts of gods or the supernatural.

"Atheist" includes those who reject a belief in the existence of God or gods and those who simply choose to live without God or gods. Along with this will usually go disbelief in the soul, an afterlife, and all other religious beliefs.

"Freethinker" is used of those who reject authority and tradition in matters of all belief, including religious belief, preferring to think for themselves. It was a very popular term in the 19th century and is still used in some European countries by non-religious organisations to describe themselves.

"Humanist" is used today to mean those who seek to live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. A humanist may embrace all or most of the other approaches introduced here, and in addition humanists believe that moral values follow on from human nature and experience in some way. Humanists base their moral principles on reason (which leads them to reject the idea of any supernatural agency), on shared human values and respect for others. They believe that people should work together to improve the quality of life for all and make it more equitable. Humanism is a full philosophy, "life stance" or worldview, rather than being about one aspect of religion, knowledge, or politics.

"Non-religious" – as well as those who are uninterested in religion or who reject it, this category may include the vague or unaffiliated, those who are only nominally or culturally affiliated to a religious tradition, and the superstitious.



"Rationalist" in this context, describing a non-religious belief, means someone who prioritises the use of reason and considers reason crucial in investigating and understanding the world. Rationalists usually reject religion on the grounds that it is unreasonable. (Rationalism is in contradistinction to fideism – positions which rely on or advocate "faith" in some degree).

"Skeptic" today usually means someone who doubts the truth of religious and other supernatural or "paranormal" beliefs, typically on rationalist grounds. ('Skeptic' also has a special philosophical meaning: someone who rejects or is skeptical with regard to all claims to knowledge).

"Secularists" believe that laws and public institutions (for example, the education system) should be neutral as between alternative religions and beliefs. Almost all humanists are secularists, but religious believers may also take a secularist position which calls for freedom of belief, including the right to change belief and not to believe. Secularists seek to ensure that persons and organisations are neither privileged nor disadvantaged by virtue of their religion or lack of it. They believe secular laws – those that apply to all citizens – should be the product of a democratic process, and should not be determined, or unduly influenced, by religious leaders or religious texts. The word "secularism" was once used to describe a non-religious worldview generally but this meaning is now very old fashioned.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 25 19:20
i love it!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 25 22:03
Interesting list. :)
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Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 25 22:34
Wow, many scientologists.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 26 19:42
Some of these were a bit surprising (Rainn Wilson is a Baha'i,..hmm? Gladys Knight is a Mormon?)

Its a shame to see so many Catholics in this group who gave themselves over to that Scientology cult, though, :-(
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 27 6:48
Agree. Too many scientologists.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Aug 24 20:01
Very interesting!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Aug 25 0:42
This is such a cool list!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Aug 28 9:21
One of the best lists on Listal...So wonder to see what people believe !!!
Posted: 2 years ago at Oct 19 12:55
Angelina Jolie is a Buddhist.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Aug 26 7:32
hmmm very interesting list . great work
Posted: 3 weeks, 4 days ago at Sep 30 3:39
From the quote you used for Angelina Jolie, it sounds like she's an agnostic, not an atheist.

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