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Absolute certainty and being an atheist.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Allison Macaluso Feb 19, 2012. 48 Replies

Absolute certainty when it comes to gods is impossible, therefore, why are you an atheist rather than an agnostic atheist.Continue

Tags: certainty, absolute, atheist, agnostic

Several divided questions in relation to our species.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jewelz Feb 5, 2012. 10 Replies

If we as a species were forced to evacuate this planet and go colonize on another planet would that be Unnatural? Is humanity even intelligent enough to not make the same mistakes we made on this…Continue

Tags: space, colonize, Earth, immoral, species

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Feb 21, 2012
Allison Macaluso replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Isn't "agnostic atheist" an oxymoron??  "
Feb 19, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"It's interesting enough, apparently, to make several contributions to the discussion. How uninteresting does a topic have to be to drive you to ignore it and floss your teeth or rearrange your sock drawer. In other words, I don't think you…"
Feb 18, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Eric, why do people have beliefs about things they can't be certain about? Why can't someone be an atheist based on what they believe. I believe that no one has taken my refrigerator out of my apartment even though I'm visiting a…"
Feb 18, 2012
Unseen replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Every true statement states a certainty. You just can't be sure which ones are certain and which ones aren't. Feeling certain = believing, and it isn't the same thing as certainty and doesn't bestow any actuality on what one…"
Feb 18, 2012
Stephen Walski replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Yea the revision was already semi covered. What i want to know is why does that distinction mean anything to you and in what context."
Feb 18, 2012
John Siqueiros replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Which is not a terribly interesting question to me. I understand you disagree with me, Nelson. Does anyone else around here, particularly Eric? "
Feb 18, 2012
John Siqueiros replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"I think you give short shrift to creationists in the issue of evolution. Creationists most certainly do not think that evolutionists have "accept[ed] the evidence for evolution," and of course reject the premise of that statement (i.e.,…"
Feb 18, 2012
John Siqueiros replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'Absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Eric, at least for me, your question as revised is still not interesting. You mean "absolute certainty when it comes to gods is not possible ..." Okay, fine. But it seems that absolute certainty about anything -- science, politics,…"
Feb 18, 2012
John Siqueiros replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Nelson, it depends on why someone thinks the simple statement "I'm an atheist" needs some sort of qualifier. The original question started: "If absolute certainty is impossible ..." It suggests we take that as a given.…"
Feb 18, 2012
Eric Allen replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"I'm sincerely sorry for not being specific with my question. I meant absolute certainty when it comes to gods is not possible, therefore, why are you an atheist rather than an agnostic atheist. "
Feb 18, 2012
Stephen Walski replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Yea agreed. Its far to unspecific a question to be honest. It needs context."
Feb 18, 2012
Stephen Walski replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Your right i read it as its own conclusion.  Although there is no comma there it reads as a finite statement about the state of possibility. "
Feb 18, 2012
Stephen Walski replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"But the question is why atheist and not agnostic atheist as an identifier. So the answer im saying is the probability is so ridiculous that its not worth the distinction. "
Feb 18, 2012
John Siqueiros replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"How is the qualifier "agnostic" useful at all, in describing atheism or anything else, if absolute certainty is impossible? It seems to gets in the way of intelligent conversation, unless the concept of agnosticism is at issue. "
Feb 18, 2012
Stephen Walski replied to Eric Allen's discussion 'absolute certainty and being an atheist.'
"Then you end up in a logic loop of his original statement too... since absolute certainty is impossible.. his statement of absolute certainty being impossible is itself impossible. Because there is a probability of absolute certainty being possible…"
Feb 18, 2012

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At 8:22pm on February 6, 2012, Jesse-Lee said…

Thanks. You, too. :)

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Welcome to the Think Atheist community Eric!

 
 
 

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