Agnostic atheism is a philosophical doctrine that encompasses both atheism and agnosticism. While the concepts of atheism and agnosticism occasionally overlap, they are distinct: atheism is generally defined as "a condition of being without theistic beliefs" while agnosticism is usually defined as "an absence of knowledge (or any claim of knowledge)". An agnostic may identify as an atheist or a theist in certain circumstances (see Agnostic theism). Socrates (central bare-chested figure) about to drink hemlock as mandated by the court. ... Atheist redirects here. ... Agnosticism (from the Greek a, meaning without and gnosis, knowledge, translating to unknowable) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims â particularly theological claims regarding metaphysics, afterlife or the existence of God, god(s), or deities â is unknown or (possibly) inherently unknowable. ... Theism is the belief in one or more gods or goddesses. ... Agnostic theism is the philosophical view that encompasses both theism and agnosticism. ...
One of the earliest explanations of agnostic atheism is that of Robert Flint, in his Croall Lecture of 1887-1888 (published in 1903 under the title Agnosticism): Robert Flint (1838 – 1910) was a Scottish theologian and philosopher, who wrote also on sociology. ...
"The atheist may however be, and not unfrequently is, an agnostic. There is an agnostic atheism or atheistic agnosticism, and the combination of atheism with agnosticism which may be so named is not an uncommon one." (p.49)
"If a man has failed to find any good reason for believing that there is a God, it is perfectly natural and rational that he should not believe that there is a God; and if so, he is an atheist... if he goes farther, and, after an investigation into the nature and reach of human knowledge, ending in the conclusion that the existence of God is incapable of proof, cease to believe in it on the ground that he cannot know it to be true, he is an agnostic and also an atheist - an agnostic-atheist - an atheist because an agnostic... while, then, it is erroneous to identify agnosticism and atheism, it is equally erroneous so to separate them as if the one were exclusive of the other..." (p.50-51)
Individuals may identify as agnostic atheists based on their knowledge of the philosophical concepts of epistemology, theory of justification and Occam's Razor. According to Plato, Knowledge is what is both true and believed, though not all that is both true and believed counts as knowledge. ... Theory of justification is a part of epistemology that attempts to understand the justification of statements and beliefs. ... William of Ockham. ...
Flint, Robert. Agnosticism: the Croall Lecture, 1887-1888. William Blackwood and Sons, 1903.
Categories: Agnosticism | Atheism Theism is the belief in the existence of one or more Gods or deities. ... Encarta is a digital multimedia encyclopedia published by Microsoft Corporation. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), (founded 1975), headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, is the worlds largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). ... Atheist redirects here. ... // An atheist is one who disbelieves in the existence of God and other deities. ... // As some governments have strongly promoted atheism, whilst others have strongly condemned it, atheism may be either over-reported or under-reported for different countries. ... Though some think morality impossible (or at least unmotivated) in a Godless universe, most atheists and agnostics adhere to some form of ethical code. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Although the term atheism originated in the 16th Century, atheistic ideas and beliefs, as well as their political influence, have a more expansive history. ... State atheism is the official rejection of religion in all forms by a government in favor of atheism. ... Criticism of atheism has occurred throughout the history of religion. ... Many atheists have experienced discrimination, mainly from religious entities. ... Many atheists have experienced persecution, mainly from Christians and Muslims. ... Nontheism (or non-theism), broadly conceived, according to Caporale & Grumelli (1971) , is the absence of belief in both the existence and non-existence of a deity (or deities, or other numinous phenomena). ... Strong atheism is the belief that deities do not exist. ... Implicit atheism and explicit atheism are subcategories of atheism coined by George H. Smith (1979, p. ... Antitheism (sometimes anti-theism) is a direct opposition to theism. ... Theism is the belief in the existence of one or more Gods or deities. ... Agnosticism (from the Greek a, meaning without and gnosis, knowledge, translating to unknowable) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims â particularly theological claims regarding metaphysics, afterlife or the existence of God, god(s), or deities â is unknown or (possibly) inherently unknowable. ... Arguments for and against the existence of God have been proposed by philosophers, theologians, and other thinkers. ... Faith and rationality are two modes of belief which are seen to exist in varying degrees of conflict or compatibility. ... Science and Religion are portrayed to be in harmony in the Tiffany window Education (1890). ... Naturalism is any of several philosophical stances, typically those descended from materialism and pragmatism, that do not distinguish the supernatural (including strange entities like non-natural values, and universals as they are commonly conceived) from nature. ... In ordinary usage, skepticism or scepticism (Greek: skeptomai, to look about, to consider; see also spelling differences) refers to an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object, the doctrine that true knowledge or knowledge in a particular area is uncertain, or... Freethought is a philosophical doctrine that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logical principles and not be comprised by authority, tradition or any other dogmatic or other belief system that restricts logical reasoning. ... Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics, and justice and specifically rejects rituals and ceremonies as a means to affirm a life stance. ... Secularity is the state of being without religious or spiritual qualities. ... Agnosticism (from the Greek a, meaning without and gnosis, knowledge, translating to unknowable) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims â particularly theological claims regarding metaphysics, afterlife or the existence of God, god(s), or deities â is unknown or (possibly) inherently unknowable. ... Agnostic theism is the philosophical view that encompasses both theism and agnosticism. ... Weak agnosticism, or empirical agnosticism (also negative agnosticism), is the belief that the existence or nonexistence of deities is currently unknown, but is not necessarily unknowable, therefore one will withhold judgment until more evidence is available. ... The people in this list have been included because they are or were agnostics, that is, they believe that the truth value of any claim regarding the existence of God, gods, or deities is unknown, inherently unknowable, or incoherent; and they have themselves expressed it openly (on the record), or... Strong agnosticism or positive agnosticism is the belief that it is impossible for humans to know whether or not any God or gods exist. ... Theism is the belief in the existence of one or more Gods or deities. ... Apatheism is a subset of atheism (when atheism is defined as lack of belief in deities, rather than specific disbelief in deities). ... Ignosticism (often confused with apathetic agnosticism or apatheism) is the view that the question of the existence of God is meaningless because it has no verifiable (or testable) consequences and should therefore be ignored. ... Apathetic Agnosticism, in its most widely acknowledged form, is a theological position put forward by John Tyrrell in 1965. ... Atheist redirects here. ...
An agnostic is a person who believes that the existence of a greater power, such as a god, cannot be proven or disproved; therefore an agnostic wallows in the complexity of the existence of higher beings.
Agnostics on religion (Christianity, Islam, Buddhists, etc): Religious zealots are often viewed as ignorant by agnostics because of their blind following of a supreme being which may or may not exist.
An agnostic views an atheist on the same plane as a religious zealot; often because the belief that human beings are the pinnacle of intelligence and there are few things that we do not or have the potential to understand.
Agnosticism is the philosophical and theological view that spiritual truths, such as the existence of God, gods or deities, is either unknown or inherently unknowable.
Agnosticism is not to be confused with a view specifically opposing the doctrine of gnosis and Gnosticism—these are religious concepts that are not generally related to agnosticism.
However, one can still draw a distinction between weak atheism and agnosticism by drawing a distinction between belief and knowledge, leading those who believe knowledge of God is not possible to claim agnosticism is about knowledge, while atheism/theism is about the lack of belief.
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