Originally Posted by suEcide
I'm agnostic. A man stuck in between the world of theism and atheism. A cop-out to most, but I'm simply an optimist who believes that we can not conceive of one soul-defining force outside of our presence. We're a god-damned anthill on the edge of a superhighway.
It's really not a middle ground, though, as I've already explained in this thread.
It's another question entirely. Theism/ atheism asks the question of where one stands on the existence of god. Gnosticism/ agnosticism is where one stands on the whether one can KNOW if god exists.
Think of it like this...
Primetime news puts a poll up on their broadcast, with some question phrased in this general manner:
"Do you think black is the new white?"
They give you 3 options:
Well, yes and no answer the question in the affirmative or negative. Unsure, however, ignores the question altogether. The question isn't asking for an objective fact, but rather for something subjective, what YOU think.
So then, I'm an agnostic too. However, I'm also an atheist. Agnostic is not something one is in lieu of theism or atheism, but something one is in addition to it.
So then, I do not accept the "god hypotheses," and therefore I'm an atheist. However, I also realize that conditions placed upon the concept of "god" except themselves from scientific rigor; they imagine themselves away into a realm (that likely doesn't exist) beyond materialism and experiential observation. So therefore, were I remaining honest (and I am), I must also concede that the question is objectively unanswerable.
Therefore, I am an agnostic atheist.
And by the very definition of the word, if you reject the claims of the existence of a god, you too are an atheist. Do you disregard the claims of christians, muslims, jews, ancient greeks, pastafarians, ancient egyptians, etc? Well then you are an atheist in regards to all of those claims...