All Blog Posts Tagged 'agnosticism' (14)

Counter-Apologetic to:"You're not an atheist! You're agnostic because you're not certain."

Many Theists make this argument at some point, but it was Carl Sagan who said it with the most clarity:

“An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and…

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Added by Kara Ward on December 28, 2013 at 1:09am — 29 Comments

"Zeus might be Real!" And We Might Live in a Magical Fantasy World Too!

A few months ago, The New York Times published a bizarre opinion piece by philosopher Gary Gutting called Did Zeus Exist? With apparent earnestness, Gutting argues that not only did the ancient Greeks have good reason to believe in the existence of Zeus (and presumably their other gods) but that we should take seriously the possibility that they might just have been right. Not that they were right, but that…

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Added by Scott McGreal on October 10, 2013 at 2:53am — 5 Comments

What Am I?

The greatest question to me at this moment is "what am I?"

Not just as it pertains to my social label of Humanist, atheist, agnostic, irreligious, skeptical, etc., but in relation to my mere existence. This fuzzy feeling I get when crawling around in the darkness of existentialism seems too real. I keep finding new ideas and experiences and when I press their "on" buttons to see what they do, it changes my perception of reality. It's more than just being objective when playing with…

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Added by Jordan V. on February 22, 2013 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

TAPs and PAPs

This wasn't really meant to be a blog entry, but it wound up being too long to fit in my page comments. This is from the Wikipedia page on agnosticism:

Dawkins also identifies two categories of agnostics; Temporary Agnostics in Practice (TAPs), and Permanent Agnostics in Principle (PAPs). Dawkins considers temporary agnosticism an entirely reasonable position, but views permanent agnosticism as "fence-sitting, intellectual cowardice."

This has…

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Added by Space Sergeant 101 on February 18, 2012 at 1:58am — No Comments

Freethought Social + Meetup!

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Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…

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Added by Emily Dietle on February 6, 2012 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Atheism vs Agnosticism on NPR

Just before Thanksgiving, CVA president Dennis Paul Himes and I were guests on National Public Radio’s the Colin McEnroe…

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Added by Dan Xenatro on December 7, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Pope John Paul II needed our help! He was a self harmer!

In The Name Of the Whip, and of the Flail and of the ...OUCH THAT HURT!

Can it really be said that one who locks himself away in a room, takes a whip or a flail that he has hanging in his closet, kneels or sits and begins beating himself is psychologically healthy? Is it not a sign of distress? Would it not be thought of as a 'cry for help', if you will allow me the cliche, to cause your self physical harm because of an… Continue

Added by Mark on January 30, 2010 at 7:37am — 2 Comments

Russell vs Copleston, 1948 Debate

Father Copleston vs. Bertrand Russell:

The Famous 1948 BBC Radio Debate on the Existence of God

This debate was a Third Programmme broadcast of the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1948.

A DEBATE ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Bertrand Russell [hereafter R:] and F.C. Copleston [hereafter C:]

C: As we are going to discuss the existence of God, it might…

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Added by Atheist Exile on October 13, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

everything in moderation…

There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Why I call myself an atheist

I was never raised religious. My family was "officially" some kind of non-specific Christian though we never attended church and my mother subscribed more to a vague new-age type of spirituality. When I asked "why" questions, I was mostly given the actual, scientific answer.



So I have always held largely the same beliefs. When I was young I was very interested in stories of the supernatural and strange mysteries and perhaps even wished for such things to be real, but I've become much… Continue

Added by MP Lockwood on December 19, 2008 at 12:59pm — No Comments

[A]gnostic [a]theists

Agnosticism is often used as a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism. I think this is a misuse of the word -- regardless of Huxley's intentions when he coined it.



Agnostic comes from the Greek "gnosis", meaning "knowledge". Why this is ever applied to belief, I do not know.



Atheist comes from the Greek "theos", meaning "god". Literally, "atheos" means "godless".



In both situations, the a- prefix, of course means "without".… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 3, 2008 at 2:09am — 3 Comments

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Neat New Labels

This post was imported from Livejournal on 2008.07.18



We all love labels. Who doesn't? It's a way to tell someone a lot of information about a person without having to explain a lot. This can get us into a lot of trouble when labels are ambiguous or in transitional states. For example, atheism/theism/agnosticism. The zeitgeist right now seems to be the following:

-Atheists actively believe there are no gods.

-Agnostics aren't sure if there are any gods, but are open… Continue

Added by Jim Craft on September 26, 2007 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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