While there can be little doubt that religious subjects were often the subject of great works of art or musical composition - the breath-taking beauty of Handel's Messiah and Van Gough's "The Sower" spring to mind. (Some might struggle to see the religion in Van Gough's works but it absolutely pervades it. Look at the painting on the right. It's one of Vincent van Gough's most profoundly religious paintings, in my opinion).
I'll maybe write a blog about Atheist artists one day. This one is about Atheist composers.
It will probably come as a surprise to religion sufferers who like to pretend their co-superstitionists have a monopoly on artistic creativity that there is an enormous list of Atheist and non-believer composers, and that many of them wrote 'religious' music. Some of them, like Elgar and Mozart lost faith in later life, so whatever religious beliefs may have inspired their earlier works, they clearly never inspired them to remain religious.
This list includes many of the better-known Atheist composers and songwriters. Enjoy listening to music not inspired by superstitious belief in gods.
Italian Romantic Composer
Russian-born American composer and lyricist widely considered one of America's greatest songwriters.
American composer, composition teacher, writer and conductor.
British popular musician, singer and songwriter.
English classical composer
(Former Roman Catholic who became an Atheist in later life)
Austrian classical baroque composer
German composer, transitional between European Classical and Romantic.
American popular songwriter and classical composer.
German-born Romantic composer who worked in Vienna, Austria.
English classical composer, hymn writer and collector of English folk song. Great nephew of Charles Darwin.
French composer probably (though he denied it) influence by the Impressionist art movement.
Italian composer of opera, 'sacred' and chamber music.
French Romantic composer and musical critic.
German Romantic composer and music critic
French composer, mainly operas.
German Romantic and early Modern composer.
20th Century Russian composer, pianist and conductor.
African-American composer and pianist most noted for rag-time jazz compositions.