"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."
March 18, 2010
This is meant to simply clear something up for those who don't seem to understand. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to atheism, and in this case it's probably because of our fickle nature. There seem to be a lot of "Non-Theists" out there who are using many different labels... "Brights, Pearlist, Agnostic, Humanist," etc... What I'd like to explain to those atheists out there is this... Ultimately, there are only two positions: Atheist and Theist.
It's what is called a "Binary Proposition" which means no matter how many different ways you try to classify your position, you will fall ultimately into one of two categories. It's like life and death; you're either dead or alive and there is no transitional state.
The only requirement to be an atheist is you do not currently subscribe to a God belief of any sort. Even if you consider yourself an agnostic, where you currently do not believe a God exists but you're not willing to rule it out entirely because you understand that certainty is impossible, then you're still an atheist.
If you currently believe there is a God, then you're a theist. If you currently do not believe in any God claims, you're an atheist. Agnostic and Gnostic are simply forms of the argument for/against a God belief.
A person can be an Agnostic Atheist, and one can be an Agnostic Theist. Agnosticism says nothing about whether you believe a God exists, but whether or not you believe that a God can be truly knowable.
There is no fence sitting position. You either are an atheist or a theist.
Author: SgtHaile at 6:36 PM