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Revision as of 17:47, 16 November 2009

Agnostic Qualifiers

There are four positions based on a higher level question about epistemological context:

Agnosticism vs Conclusiveness X Atheism vs Theism

  • Agnostic Atheist: The answer to the question cannot be deduced or empirically demonstrated. I choose to believe in no deities.
  • Conclusive Atheist: There is proof that there are no deities.
  • Agnostic Theist: The answer cannot be deduced or empirically demonstrated. I have faith in (insert deity(s) here).
  • Conclusive Atheist: There is proof that the deity(deities) ________ exist.

Within the Conclusive qualifier is also Gnosticism = inspired personal knowledge, or enlightenment.

This debate needs to be broken down into such categories.

  • Can we conclusively demonstrate whether or not deities exist?
  • Assuming we can: are there no deities?
  • Assuming we cannot: should we reject belief in deities as opposed to having faith in them?

I'm too new here to attempt such a major restructuring yet.

jambaugh 11:47, 16 November 2009 (CST)

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