Jeremy Corbyn Denies He Is An Atheist But Says His Actual Religious Beliefs Are 'Private'

Jeremy Corbyn Denies He's An Atheist While Discussing 'Private' Beliefs

Jeremy Corbyn has denied he is an atheist - but refused to give the detail of his religious beliefs, saying this was "private"

The left-wing Republican has been perceived as an atheist or agnostic and has rarely described his personal feelings and never said whether he believes there is a God.

In an interview with The Huffington Post UK marking 100 days of his Labour leadership, Corbyn denies he is an atheist, but refuses to give more details other than “it’s a private thing” and referring to the spiritualism of his environmentalism.

Jeremy Corbyn during his HuffPost UK interview

During the sit-down interview with HuffPost UK's Paul Waugh, Corbyn said: "I respect all faiths, I probably spend more time going to religious services than most people, of all types. I go to synagogues, I go to mosques, I go to temples, I go to churches, and I have many humanistic friends and I have many atheist friends. I respect them all. “

When asked if it were inaccurate to describe him as an atheist, the Labour leader said: “There are so many things about me written that are unfair, unjust and ill-searched that it would be wrong. I’m not going any further than that, belief is a private thing.”

He compared his environmental concerns to a sort of "spiritualism".

He said: “I like looking and thinking at the natural process in this world, how we survive on this planet.”

When asked what he said to those who claimed he seemed "like a Buddhist", Corbyn said: “None of us do perfection, do we really? I suppose I am interested in sustainability of the natural world and that actually becomes a question of belief.

"You see my view on environment is it’s as much a mentality, as much as a physical thing. It’s a mentality of the limits of what we can do to this planet and the sustainability of it, reuse it, recycle it. If the generation ten on, when you and I are long gone, is going to have a life, then we’ve got to do something about it now.”

In an interview in July, Corbyn described his mother as "bible-reading atheist" and his father as a regular church-goer. He added there was a "Jewish element" to his family, "probably from Germany".

"I find religion very interesting. I find the power of faith very interesting," he told Third Way Magazine. "I think the faith community offers and does a great deal for people.

"There doesn't have to be wars about religion, there has to be honesty about religion. We have much more in common than separates us."

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