Agnosticism

An Agnostic is someone who suggests that the concept of whether or not there is a supernatural creator or other God-type entity is either unknown or can never be known.

There are two basic types of Agnosticism:

  • Weak Agnostic - holds to the idea that he/she does not know if God exists.
  • Strong Agnostic - holds to the idea that whether or not God exists can never be known.

Agnosticism as a subset of atheism

Many people use the term "agnostic" to describe their freethinking, non-theistic stance. Some of these people do so to distance themselves from the "atheist" moniker and the demonization (no pun intended) such a term connotates in modern society.

Despite the fact that many so-called "agnostics" claim they are not "atheists", they are incorrect. An agnostic is a type of atheist. If you do not know if God exists (as per the definition of Agnostic) then it is impossible to believe in such an entity. Therefore agnostics also meet the criteria for being an atheist (lacking a belief in God).

Some self-professed agnostics would beg to differ that they are not "atheists" but this is because they erroneously subscribe to the notion that an atheist is someone who "believes there is/are no god(s)" which is not the true definition.

Agnosticism as a world view

Like atheism, agnosticism does not embody any sort of world view, rules, guidelines or other doctrine or dogma. It's merely a position on an issue with no supplemental constructs. Being agnostic does not in any way suggest certain views on morality, decency, how to live ones' life, or who to pay homage to. Other philosophies such as Humanism or Buddhism represent a more applicable agnostic-type world view.

See also

Last updated by Nelson Feb 12, 2009.

  

Forum

Theo Van Gogh

Started by Stephen Gunn in Small Talk 42 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Your kid's friends

Started by Belle Rose in Atheist Parenting. Last reply by Belle Rose 52 minutes ago. 7 Replies

Five things to remember when talking with atheists

Started by Gallup's Mirror in Bible thumpers. Last reply by Scott Kaelen 2 hours ago. 11 Replies

Blog Posts

People

Posted by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on July 28, 2014 at 10:27pm 4 Comments

Services we love

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by Dan.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service