Alex, tell folks what you like.
Just what is it that you like ?
I don't think there is any such thing as a Satanic atheist. I could be wrong though. Would you please explain what a Satanic atheist is ?
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And while he’s at it, he might also explain what an “agnostic atheist” is.
Both seem to be oxymoronic.
I know I've disagreed with you before on this, Asa - but just out of curiosity how is it that you see this again? (I've actually forgotten, I'm not being a smart ass).
I see knowledge as a subset of one's belief framework, i.e., dependent upon what they already believe, ergo, you can't know anything unless you believe it first. I view gnosticism and theism as two very independent topics, so an agnostic atheist makes perfect sense to me in the way that one first believes there is no god before they can claim to know it, but in no way does this necessitate that they WOULD claim to know it.
Being that you regard the two terms as incongruous, I'm unclear as to how? It almost seems like an oversimplification of an already easy to understand distinction.
This is a very simple concept:
Faith is engaged when one professes to be a theist.
The existence, or non existence, of god is irrelevant to knowledge.
God is an object of faith.
(faith is different from belief)
I “believe” in the existence of the computer upon which I type these words.
I must, on the other hand, engage “faith” if I am to profess to the existence of a god(s).
A theist, by definition, has faith in the existence of god.
An atheist, on the other hand, lacks faith in the existence of a god.
You either have faith or you don’t.
There is no middle ground.
If an agnostic says “I don’t/can’t “know” if there is a god or not, isn’t that an admission of a lack of faith in the existence of a god?
Why are agnostics so reluctant to admit that they are really atheists?
Atheists should be inquiring and examining the nature of faith rather than arguing about the ephemeral nature of a god, in which none of us profess faith.
I see agnostics as reluctant atheists. They somehow can’t let go of the “possibility”, or bring themselves to abandon faith all together.
@ Anthony - My understanding is that non-religious satanism is essentially founded on the same principles that drive hedonism.