Umberto Eco is an Italian writer best known for his novel "The Name of the Rose." The book was made into a movie starring Sean Connery. His religious beliefs are summed up by Nora Gallagher in an LA Times review of his latest book, "Belief or Nonbelief? A Confrontation."
Eco is the nonbeliever, an agnostic intellectual who left the church when he was 22, but he is neither angry nor anti-religious. He thinks that a person may not believe in God but "one should not have the arrogance to declare that God does not exist."