Atwood was named 'Humanist of the Year' in 1987.
In an interview, Atwood, author of such books as The Handmaid's Tale, was asked if she was raised as a believer. She responded that she was "brought up by a doctrinaire agnostic" and explained "A doctrinaire agnostic is different from someone who doesn't know what they believe. A doctrinaire agnostic believes quite passionately that there are certain things that you cannot know, and therefore ought not to make pronouncements about. In other words, the only things you can call knowledge are things that can be scientifically tested."