Cleanthes’ words of wisdom over at the ATPo board:
If you don’t think there’s such a thing as a fundamentalist Atheist, and you claim to be atheist, then you are a fundamentalist atheist.
If you worship Skepticism without the slightest bit of skepticism over skepticism, then Ockham will haunt you.
As to the rest of his dialogue with Fresne, alas, I am too left-brained to follow all its intricacies.
A curse on my over-sized left brain!
I’m so glad we have these folks gracing our board.
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13 thoughts on “Atheism, skepticism, and agnosticism”
It is pretty neat, even if seems like the atheists or raging anti-agnostites are having all the fun!
Agnosticism is an uncertain line to walk….
But some of us can’t help ourselves.
Can I just say….
Stay gold, Ponygirl. Stay gold.
It is hard to take a firm stand on vagueness. But I will dammit! Maybe!
It’s not vagueness I take a firm stand on. It’s admitting I don’t have all the answers. And that’s easy!
It seems the most sensible thing to me too, but some take that as a cop-out position. I suppose though that agnosticism doesn’t make for long debates – everyone admits they could be right and they could be wrong and then we all go out for pizza.
It’s not like I don’t believe in anything. I believe in believing in those things that can be proved, and withholding judgment on those things I can’t. It’s not an easy way to live, but it’s as principled as anything else.
everyone admits they could be right and they could be wrong and then we all go out for pizza.
Who says this position isn’t fun!?
I assumed fundamental aetheists to be the paranoid nightmares of fundamentalist Christians, whom I generally loathe far more than any agnostics or aetheists, until a couple of my friends more or less revealed themselves to me as such quite recently. Except they damn well know that’s what they are, so I’m not sure if it quite fits.
This particular agnostic was having plenty of fun. Course, I was winning the debates, which always makes for fun 😉
Just keep giving the theists and atheists a persistant, Spock-like rationality that won’t be ruffled, persuaded and won’t back down. Drives’m crazy!
Driving people crazy is always a good time. I shall go sharpen the tips of my ears forthwith, and become a Vulcanologist. Beware.
Watch out for Faith. You know about her nefarious past with Volcano-ologists.