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Old 02-20-2007, 10:40 PM   #23
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Default Re: Philosophers prove existence of God and why you should be a person of faith

Originally Posted by Sean77
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if your thing is that you don't know there is a God because it can't be proven or disproven, isn't that an agnostic viewpoint rather than atheist? As I understand it, athiest simply don't entertain into the idea of a God at all, because such a concept to an atheist represents controlled thinking as opposed to free thinking.
You know, I'm not entirely sure of the distincion. You may be right.

I looked it up online and it seems not everyone agrees on the definitions for agnosticism and atheism, and there can even be some overlapping of the terms. By your definition (what Wikipedia calls strong atheism) your right, I'm not an atheist since I don't deny the possibility of a god. If we take atheism to mean anyone who is not a theist, then there is some ambiguity since I neither claim to believe nor disbelieve in god.

Going by what Wikipedia says, I guess I'd classify myself as a 'weak agnostic'

Weak agnosticism (also called soft agnosticism, open agnosticism, empirical agnosticism, temporal agnosticism)—the view that the existence or nonexistence of God(s) is currently unknown but is not necessarily unknowable, therefore one will withhold judgment until/if more evidence is available.

I may qualify as a 'weak atheist' as well (again using terms found on Wikipedia), but they're not very clear on this.

In light of this, I'm inclined to agree that I'm more of an agnostic, but if you read those two articles you'll see its not entirely black and white.
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