Some do, some don’t. Traditionally, as in many pre-modern cultures, the existence of and faith in God seems to have been taken for granted. At the same time, it has often been suggested that the first modern secular man was a Jewish-born philosopher, Barukh (who also latinized his name to Benedict (the Blessed), a direct translation of Barukh) Spinoza of Amsterdam (1632-1677).
I teach Religious and Jewish Studies at the University of South Carolina and currently live in New York City. In my professional life, I wrote a book on the medieval historian and philosopher Abraham ibn Daud's Dorot Olam (http://tinyurl.com/kl6fll2).
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