The Rushmore Report: Mark Zuckerberg Is No Longer an Atheist

Mark Zuckerberg is a true believer again. The Facebook founder, who formerly identified as an atheist, revealed three weeks ago that religion has come back into his life in a holiday post. He posted a short message on Facebook wishing his followers a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast, and me!”

One of his devout fans questioned his religious views, writing in a comment, “Aren’t you an atheist?”

And Zuckerberg responded, “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Zuckerberg’s wife is a practicing Buddhist, which he has taken interest in. He even said a prayer in front of the Wild Goose Pagoda – a Buddhist landmark in Xi’an, China – during a 2015 visit.

“Priscilla is Buddhist and asked me to offer a prayer from her as well. Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time. I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply,” he wrote in a post that included a photo of him kneeling in front of the pagoda.

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Sophia Rosenbaum is a reporter for the New York Post. She covers local, national, and international news, with a focus on trending stories. She has published over 1,500 articles.

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