Do you know the difference between and agnostic and an atheist?
March 24, 2007 9:59pm CST
Don't look it up. What do you think?
26 Mar 07
I won't look it up, but I will make reference to an article I wrote on this exact subject. Agnostics can exist on both the theistic and atheistic sides of belief. Agnostic basically means acknowledging that belief is not fact, and fact requires absolute knowledge. Theistic agnostics believe there probably is a god, but don't discount the possibility they might be wrong. This may cover most of the people who say they believe in a god but do not actively worship. Atheistic agnostics believe there probably is NOT a god, but again do not assert their belief as a fact. Many agnostics are fuzzy about whether they are theistic or atheistic. This type of fuzzy agnosticism is a result more of apathy than anything else. I was a fuzzy agnostic for years until I decided to start wrestling with some of these questions, at which point I found out I am truly an agnostic atheist. Full Article: Atheist Versus Agnostic - Demystified http://www.helium.com/tm/196152 Draven the Respectful Atheist http://dravenwriter.blogspot.com
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25 Mar 07
An agnostic is a person who neither denies nor affirms the existence of deity--agnostics believe they cannot KNOW if a higher power exists or not. An atheist expressly DOES NOT believe in deity. I remember the difference between these two often confused words this this way...the root of agnostic is "gnosis" (as in "prognosis") which means "knowledge." Add the "a" prefix and you have "without knowledge." Atheist's root is "theos" which means "god." Add the prefix and you have "without god." Yes, I am a terrible, no life dork who loves linguistics. I'm an English Major, does that make this response any less creepy?