God and Son

Poking the bloated corpse of religion with a pointy stick to hear it fart.

Where do you fit in?

on April 26, 2013

Just out of interest, as I know we get all sorts at God and Son…

Anti-Theist
Doesn’t believe in any gods. An Atheist who is also actively against religion. (I write this cartoon, so I fit in here).

Atheist
Doesn’t believe in any gods. Doesn’t really care if others do.

Unsure/Agnostic
Doesn’t know if gods exist. Would like proof before deciding either way.

Don’t Care
Really never even considered believing or not believing in a god. By the time you’ve read this sentence you’ll probably vote for something else, as you’re already thinking ‘I don’t care, but…’

Religious
Non-practicing (or very mild) religious person. Goes to church maybe occasionally. A believer for sure, but very restrained.

Strongly Religious
Goes to church or whatever frequently. Actively acceptant of gods. Doesn’t feel like an idiot when defending their faith, regardless of any real evidence against it. They believe, and everyone else can go to Hell.

As a side note, Dawkins stated that at best, we could only really be agnostic. See this article. We could be on an atheist or highly religious end of a scale, but it would still be an agnostic scale. As such, you can be an agnostic atheist, agnostic believer, or simple right in the middle, agnostic.

You could really not believe, or you could really believe, with every fibre of your being, but in both cases there is no definitive proof for or against a god.

True, science is finding answers for all things that were once attributed to gods, but it is harder to prove that a non existent thing doesn’t really exist, than it is to prove a real, tangible thing exists.

The philosophers Wittgenstein & Russell demonstrated this with Wittgenstein challenging Russell to prove there wasn’t a rhino in their room. No matter what Russell came up with to prove the rhino wasn’t there, Wittgenstein came up with a defence at why Russell was wrong. There was no rhino, but it was harder to prove it didn’t exist, even though it obviously didn’t, than it was to counter with an argument of proof.

That doesn’t mean that god exists, it just means it’s hard to prove the non-existence.

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5 responses to “Where do you fit in?

  1. Dunx says:

    I put “atheist” because another personal identifier is “pedant”, and I don’t think that “atheist” is a term which can be qualified – it’s an absolute quantifier, like “unique”.

    • LB says:

      You’re perfectly correct.

      I was thinking along the terms of those who just say they don’t really believe, so I guess I’m an atheist, and those who say they really don’t believe one bit.

      In hindsight I should have gone with Atheist & Anti-Theist.

      Mind you, as Dawkins points out, all of us should only be variants of agnostic, seeing as definitive proofs of the existence & non-existence of god are equally impossible to show.

      I’m very much atheist. Based on the proofs for science that continually remove the need for gods, it is highly unlikely that god exists, to the point that I am absolutely satisfied that god does not exist, albeit an unquantifiable argument.

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