By "unclassified" we mean that this website has not yet acquired information sufficient to identify a famous individual's religious affiliation. In most cases, doing so simply requires reading a thorough biography.
This is simply a list of individuals for whom we have already begin compiling a spiritual/religious biography page, but whose page could not be yet be classified or categorized into a specific denominational group.
The purpose of this page is to list people about whom additional research is needed, in order to remove them from this page and add their listing to the proper "Famous Adherent" page.
This page is in no way intended as an invitation to invade anybody's privacy. The sources of information we are interested in are public: published biographies, interviews, etc. If Bill Gates attends your Sunday School class or if Mel Gibson is in your yeshiva, but they don't want anybody to know this because they keeps that part of their lives private, feel free to let them retain their privacy. Religion, by definition, is the public, communal expression of a person's spirituality, but we're not out to bother anybody. We recognize that many famous people tend to be private about their religious affiliation simply because they wish to keep this part of their life sacred and unencumbered by craze media scrutiny.
Keep in mind that most of the people in our "spiritual/religious biography" section are deceased and/or have written extensively about and been interviewed extensively about their personal lives (including their religious affiliation and background). So matters of "privacy" are not really in question.
Agnostic, Religious Background Unknown: (The following individuals are thought to have been agnostic, at least at some point in their lives. But "agnostic" is a theological position, not a religious affiliation. All people are "agnostic" in some way, even if they are simply agnostic with regards to somebody else's religious beliefs. We are also interested in identifying a person's religious background and formal organizational affiliations. Yes, a person was agnostic, but were they a member of the Humanist Association of America, or the Ethical Cultural Society, or the Unitarian-Universalists, or none of these? In what religion were they raised? These types of information help create a more complete picture about a person's cultural background and sociological influences.) - Peggy Ashcroft - actress
- Poul Anderson - science fiction writer
- Arthur C. Clarke - science fiction writer
- Larry Niven - science fiction writer
- Carl Sagan - astronomer
- Dan Simmons - science fiction writer
- T.H. White - children's book author
- Kurt Busiek - comic book writer
Atheist, Religious Background Unknown: (The following individuals are thought to have been atheists, at least at some point in their lives. But "atheist" is a theological position, and is not necessarily a religious affiliation. We are also interested in identifying a person's religious background and formal organizational affiliations. Yes, a person was atheistic, but were they a nevertheless a member of an organized religious group or congregation? (surveys show that approximately 20% of Americans who identify themselves as atheists or "non-religious" nevertheless belong to an organized religious congregation). In what religion were they raised? These types of information help create a more complete picture about a person's cultural background and sociological influences.) - Nick Mason - rock musician, drummer for Pink Floyd
- Frank Miller - comic book writer