List of People Who Made Multiple Religious Conversions

This is a list of people noted for having converted to two or more religions or religious movements. Their original religion is mentioned first when applicable. In certain cases the individual considered themselves to be of more than one religion at a time.

  • Skanderbeg - Albanian monarch and military leader, National Hero of Albania, was born as an Eastern Orthodox, converted to Islam in his early years, but reverted back to Christianity later in life, dying as a Catholic.
  • Nicolas Antoine - Started in Catholicism; conversions Protestantism and Judaism. (not officially admitted to the last one)
  • Augustine of Hippo - Mixed Catholic/Pagan background with Catholic upbringing; conversions to Manichaeism, Neoplatonism, and finally baptized Catholic.
  • Eldridge Cleaver - Conversions/Associations to Nation of Islam then Evangelical Christianity then Mormonism.
  • Rod Dreher - Started in Methodism; conversions to Catholicism then Eastern Orthodoxy.
  • Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Jewish parents; conversions to Islam then Christianity.
  • Tom Hanks - Raised primarily in Catholicism then Mormonism; conversions to "born again" Christianity and Greek Orthodoxy.
  • Martin Harris - Undetermined Protestantism; Conversions to the Quakers, Universalists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and several denominations of Mormonism, Also may have been Methodist for a time. Known among Mormons as one of the Three Witnesses.
  • Lex Hixon - Not raised religious; Conversions to Vedanta, Sufism. Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and possibly Zen.
  • Muhammad Khodabandeh (Oljeitu) - Nestorian Christian upbringing; Buddhism, Sunni Islam, and Shia Islam
  • David Kirk - Originally Baptist; became a deacon in the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and later converted to the Orthodox Church in America.
  • Debi Mazar - Originally Catholic; Actress who reportedly converted to Buddhism, Judaism, and briefly the Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • Ibrahim Njoya - Bamum people religion; back and forth conversions from Islam to Christianity. Also created his own religion.
  • J. D. Salinger - Started in Judaism; converted or experimented with Zen Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, Dianetics, and Christian Science.
  • Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln - Born an Orthodox Jew, he converted to Lutheranism to escape Austro-Hungarian authorities, and then converted to both Presbyterianism and Anglicanism and then finally converted to Buddhism towards the end of his life.

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    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
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    The lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, Government should not support the people.
    Grover Cleveland (1837–1908)

    ... the generation of the 20’s was truly secular in that it still knew its theology and its varieties of religious experience. We are post-secular, inventing new faiths, without any sense of organizing truths. The truths we accept are so multiple that honesty becomes little more than a strategy by which you manage your tendencies toward duplicity.
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