Ex-Atheist Anthony Hopkins Reveals Encounter That Led Him to Believe God Exists

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As each of us gets older, questions about God, purpose and the afterlife become more pronounced. That's certainly been the case for famed actor Anthony Hopkins.

During an appearance last week at the 11th annual LEAP Conference, Hopkins explained a major turning point in his life—a moment when he abandoned his previous embrace of atheism in exchange for a belief in a higher power.

The Oscar-winning star may not be Christian, but he is clearly open to the existence of God, a shift that occurred in 1975, when during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, a woman asked an introspective question that intrigued Hopkins.

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