Monday, October 6, 2008

Good Point!

Agnosticism vs. Atheism

This is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Most people that say they are agnostic are really functional atheists, but they are making an epistemological argument to avoid confrontation and accusations of having faith or dogma.


Let’s examine the subtle difference in meaning between the following two sentences.

  • An atheist believes that God does not exist.

  • An atheist does not believe that God exists.



That's truly a distinction worth noting. I like it. The dictionary folks need to get their act together. The lack of a belief is not an activity involving belief. In fact, it's not an activity at all. It is a void.