Richard Rodgers was a composer, songwriter, playwright best known for co-writing musicals The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Oklahoma! 
Rodgers' biographer William G Hyland states:
"That Richard Rodgers would recall, at the very beginning of his memoirs, his great-grandmother's death and its religious significance for his family suggests his need to justify his own religious alienation. Richard became an atheist, and as a parent he resisted religious instruction for his children. According to his wife, Dorothy, he felt that religion was based on "fear" and contributed to "feelings of guilt." - Richard Rodgers, Yale University Press 1998, ISBN 0300071159. 
‘If somebody is really sick, I don't pray to God, I look for the best doctor in town.’ ” Somewhere For Me: A Biography of Richard Rodgers. D. December 30, 1979.
When asked if he believed in god by his daughter, he responded that he believed in people.