A message to agnostics

If you’ve ever called yourself an agnostic, then you should head over to the Radical Atheist’s blog. He’s written an article on how agnosticism is compatible with atheism. Here is a quote from the article:

I see no inconsistency in being both agnostic and an atheist. I’m an agnostic in the methods I use to discern truth (small a) and appreciate reality. I’m an atheist in my opinion on theism. I do not contend that gods absolutely do not exist. That would contradict my opinions on absolutes. But the probability of something like any god existing, let alone any specific god, without leaving any unmistakable physical evidence of its existence that unequivocally points to the god, is so infinitesimally small that it is barely possible.

I agree with him that agnosticism is more of a frame of mind than a real belief. For practicality’s sake, it seems foolish to me to think sitting on the fence is an adequate response to the question of the existence or non-existence of God. I can respect a person who says they are open to the idea (in some small form), but until solid evidence is shown that there are gods, choosing to have no opinion seems to me a way of validating the improvable assertions of theists.

Comments (2)

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    Infinite Monkey

    I think to claim yourself as not having a religion, you have to be open to the SLIM possibility of there being a god. Otherwise, you have just become a religion, since religion cannot be persuaded against their convictions.

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    Rob

    Refraining from a final judgment, or saying that the answer to a question is honestly unknowable, in no way validates the assertions of theists. Not making an ultimate judgment on the issue of god or gods doesn’t keep you from calling bullshit on the nonsense that religions spout.

    IHMO.

    As I’ve said to Christian friends, I don’t know if God exists, but I do know that your God doesn’t.

    But hey, I could be wrong. The ability to admit to admit THAT is what keeps you from turning into a theist.

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