Agnostic vs. Atheist

Clarifying the difference.

agnostic vs. atheist

As usual, @GSpellchecker offers a rational, articulate explanation. From his entertaining and enlightening tweets to his charming Manchester accent you’ll hear on the podcast, I am smitten and would like to propose marriage to the Godless Spellchecker. Take note world wide web!

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2 thoughts on “Agnostic vs. Atheist

  1. The only problem with this is that life choices are not just about belief. “I think” or “I reason” is, or ought to be, integral to making informed decisions, especially concerning Nature, the cosmos. Can a person be certain about the universe? Maybe not. But we can be certain, we can know, when we jump off a cliff we will fall. Just as we can be certain if we take a leap of faith, we are in some sense leaving reason behind. That doesn’t make it wrong. It’s just wise to be honest about it. The comic almost makes any “knowing” impossible. I get questioning ultimate truth claims, but we can be fairly certain some things are and some are not (Sasquatch, Loch Ness monster, fairies, etc). This takes hard thinking mixed with a good dose of common sense, not a belief choice.

    • rsktor says:

      Thank you so much for this insight. I love your comparison about what’s involved in jumping off a cliff and taking a leap of faith. I think that some would argue that leaving reason behind in a leap of faith is nonsensical and that, in fact, *does* make it wrong. That being said, if you’re honest about the reason you leave behind in making that leap, does that make it better? How many people who make leaps of face actually acknowledge the reason that they have abandoned? (I ask this not as a challenge but as a genuine question.)

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