I am an agnostic atheist. They are not mutely exclusive terms. Agnostic is an epistemological position of lacking knowledge of a god's existence and atheism has only to do with a LACK of belief and NOT the positive assertion (i.e. the belief) that a god or many god's do not exist. My agnosticism is the reason I'm an atheist. I do not know if a god exists or not so I have no reason to believe. http://www.youtube.com/user/themanofearth
Religion is a naturally occurring phenomena just like language, opposable thumbs, trees, or bacteria. As such it should be studied in earnest and recognized for what it truly is: The most subtle and powerful tool of legitimization and justification devised by the evolution of our species. And then it should be placed in a museum for all to see and appreciate for what it is.
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Up until about a year ago I identified simply as Agnostic because 20 years ago a friends mom labelled me that way and for the same assertion of knowledge reasons that you are noting. When my understanding of Atheism changed, I changed with it. Using a Agnostic Atheist would change the landscape of conversation. I sometimes have to disarm the would be attachers because of the stand alone Atheist Label. If we could just go into the question of what that means when engaging a theist, then we would find less push back. So i can see how being specific is useful as well as accurate.
Welcome to TA Adam. I take it places have asked you to defend the Agnostic portion of how you identify. Here, we just want your conversation (generally, I can't speak for the other 5000 members). In general, what you are describing as a belief structure is what I've heard hear from most. Most of us have simply dropped the Agnostic portion for daily use. Either way, welcome and we'll look forward to your thoughts!