“No, I don't believe in God,” says Hartley. “I was raised with no religion, but a lot of morals. I feel strongly to this day that right and religion don’t necessarily go hand in hand.”
Montaigne was a Deist, but refrained from candor about his beliefs due to the mutual slaughter between Catholics and French Huguenots of the time. "It is setting a high value upon our opinions," he wrote, "to roast men and women alive on account of them."