Coming out as atheist: Noel Gallagher & Gabriel Byrne
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Added: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 23:00:00 UTC
The hard-living Oasis star Noel Gallagher has revealed to the New Musical Express that he has read Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion and loved it "Anything that disproves God, bring it on," he is quoted as saying.
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has said that he does not believe in God, despite spending five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a priest. The star of Stigmata, who also played the Devil in the film End of Days, claims that his training changed his mind. He says, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realised subsequently that I didn't have one at all. I don't believe in God. But I did believe at the time in this notion that you were being called."
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