The Holy Bible is by far the most popular book in the world, but there are many celebrities that skip out on reading it. Hollywood has always been known to be areligious for the most part, but there are still plenty of celebrities that have not only read the bible but openly talked about their faith. It can be pretty rare, but it does happen, and some of the biggest names in show business make the list.
So who are these celebs that have read the bible? Let’s take a look at the five most notable names that you’re certain to recognize. We’ll also take a look at what they’ve said about the bible and how it has positively affected their lives. Some of the names on the list may end up surprising you.
Growing up in Boston, “Justice League” and “Armageddon” star Ben Affleck said that he never read the bible. He said he was too afraid to read about the imagery of hell and said that there were plenty of Christians that put that fear into him, saying that those that enforced their faith on others gave him the wrong idea of the religion itself. That was, until, he was an adult and read the bible for himself.
“Reading the bible disabused me of any sense that a hateful person could represent this faith,” Affleck said, choosing the Book of Matthew as his go-to. “The book is beautiful and exquisitely written – but it is characterized by one quality that colors every page: love.” Affleck admits that he has struggled with religion throughout his life, but has continued to turn to the bible for direction.
The Baldwin brothers have left a huge mark on Hollywood, with almost all of them becoming huge stars throughout their careers. One of the more notable members of the family is Stephen Baldwin, the youngest member of the brothers. After his breakthrough role in “The Beast”, Baldwin would go on to star in films including “Born on the Fourth of July”, “The Usual Suspects” and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas”.
Baldwin wasn’t really brought up religious, but he discovered faith following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Baldwin began a ministry that began touring the country and he’s been active ever since. He travels everywhere with his bible and reads for at least one hour per day, which was even stipulated in his contract to appear on “Big Brother”.
The life of a child star isn’t always the easiest, and Candace Cameron Bure knows that very well. Cameron grew up appearing on shows including “Growing Pains”, “Who’s the Boss?”, and “Punky Brewster”, but had her true breakthrough when she starred as D.J. Tanner on the long-running series “Full House”. Since then, Cameron has appeared in many Hallmark films, hosted “The View” and became a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”.
When she was a child actor, Cameron began practicing as a Christian and has remained part of the Christian faith ever since. She has read through the bible multiple times, and in January 2023 she challenged all of her followers on social media to read through the entire book during the year.
Sylvester Stallone has been one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood for around a half-century. Stallone has starred in films ranging from “Rocky” and “Rambo” to “Spy Kids 3” and “The Suicide Squad”. No matter what movie he’s in, Stallone is usually playing a very tough character that might not be the brightest, but Stallone himself is very well-educated.
Stallone is also very religious. During his childhood, Stallone read the bible but left religion once he got to Hollywood. During the 2000s, though, Stallone rediscovered his faith and said that he was once again practicing. He says he doesn’t belong to a specific religion these days, but Stallone does read the bible and is more spiritual now than at the height of his career.
After getting his start on stage, Denzel Washington rose to stardom during the 1980s when he starred in the long-running series “St. Elsewhere”. Throughout the 1990s, Washington became a movie star thanks to blockbusters including “Malcolm X” and “Philadelphia” while winning Academy Awards for his roles in “Glory” and “Training Day”.
Early on in his career, Washington thought about giving up acting to become a preacher as he’s a devout Christian who reads the bible every day. He said that during the height of his career, he still thought about stepping away from Hollywood because he felt that he was meant to preach. Washington has donated millions to build churches, spreading the faith.