Quote (tim226 @ Apr 21 2012 04:48pm)
Agnostics don't believe in 'god'. They just don't know. There could be a higher being out there, but I wouldn't call it 'god'. You're using the term very loosely. Generally when one refers to someone as 'agnostic', they mean borderline atheist.
Off topic: The camera angles are really fucking annoying in that video
On topic: That guy is generalizing way too much. I'll stick to calling myself agnostic
And what he's saying changes the meaning of atheist. He's saying that as an atheist, you don't rule out the possibility of there being a god, which is wrong
with that description you could call yourself Diest or Epicurust.. which would be more accurate than just saying your belief is agnostic, agnosticism is not a belief... the word agnostic in referring to god was made popular by Thomas Huxley, who's often referred to as "Darwin's bulldog" The man was an open atheist though, agnostic was what he used as a more light hearted answer to his atheism. What he was saying was "I'm not stating the non-existence of god as an irrefutable fact, but I personally do not believe in god"
since then people have commonly misused the word, and they try making it into their own definition, but no matter how you define it, knowledge does not equal belief... there's no over generalizing because the word literally means "not knowing
and what do you mean it's wrong to call yourself atheist if you don't rule out the possibility of there being a god?
of course you'd still be atheist, because atheism is not a state of know, it simply means you believe
there is no god.
again you can be an agnostic atheist, an agnostic Christian, an agnostic Muslim, ect
basically anyone who accepts their belief as only a belief and not an ultimate fact is agnostic.. but in reality we are all still agnostic whether we are willing to admit it or not, because no one truly knows the absolute truth, periodThis post was edited by TCassa89 on Apr 21 2012 09:02pm