Agnosticism vs. Deism/Theism vs. Atheism

Posted by Roger Baronat, December 19, 2007, 2:53 pm

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When it comes to religion, agnosticism may be the safest way to go.

Members of religious organizations know their God is the only God. Anyone who opposes their view is obviously misinformed and possibly dangerously so. Sometimes steps need to be taken to make the non-believer “see the light.” Sometimes these steps become violent and destructive. Other times they are more peaceful. But the risk of violence, or some other form of unpleasantness, is always there, isn’t it?

Atheists know God does not exist. Amazing how they can know this with such certainty, but they do. And they will vehemently oppose anyone who does not believe as they do.

Agnostics, on the other hand, when asked about their religious views, say to the world, “I don’t know.” Makes one recall John Banner’s cautious character Sergeant Schultz from the 1965 sitcom Hogan’s Heroes saying, “I know nothing!” Both these phrases rescue the speaker from the dangers associated with taking a definitive stance on whatever the topic might be.

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Thoughts (2)

  1. On December 19th, 2007 at 9:56 pm, John S. Wilkins said...

    It’s not merely caution that leads to agnosticism, but also a failure of epistemology. For instance, as I keep saying, I am not agnostic about any religious claim that can be shown to be false using scientific methods. I am not agnostic about any claim that can be shown to be true, either. But for a certain class of belief claims, no argument will decide either way, and for those I am agnostic.

    I think that the strategic safety lies in apatheism: the view that it really doesn’t matter. Hence, I am an apathetic agnostic, etymologically: don’t know, don’t care.

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