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Is agnostic and atheist the same thing?

666_Maggots~I'm a female! 2012/06/11 00:04:34
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  • socokid 2012/06/11 14:11:28
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    socokid
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    No. They are two different words that describe two different things. One is a claim of knowledge (gnosticism), the other is a claim of belief (theism).

    For example, when discussing general notions of a "God", I am an "agnostic atheist".

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  • PEEPL 2012/06/11 02:01:01
    No
    PEEPL
    +1
    Usually Atheist is thought to mean a person that is at least relatively certain that there is no God. And an Agnostic is generally thought to be someone who feels that they cannot be sure that there is no God or has some degree of doubts. But I have seen Atheists who have spoken of the idea that they have a degree of doubt as well. It hardly matters. People are who they say they are usually. Some Catholics believe that everything that the Pope says is true and others have almost complete doubt in him and his decisions. It's all just terms in the end. A person thinks what they think, which is usually more important than labels.
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/06/11 02:00:31
    No
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +1
    Not at all.
  • kidkewlsgirl8888 2012/06/11 01:58:56
  • BattleBunnys 2012/06/11 01:50:42
    No
    BattleBunnys
    +2
    Agnostics are people who do not have a religious preference/ are unsure whereas atheism is total disbelief in religion.
  • prayer warrior 2012/06/11 01:47:08
    No
    prayer warrior
    +1
    there is a difference
  • Bill 2012/06/11 01:37:20
    No
    Bill
    +1
    Not the same
  • kissmycheeks 2012/06/11 01:24:54
    No
    kissmycheeks
    +3
    Athiest: does not believe in god and says he cant exist because of lack of evidence
    Agnostic:also says there is a lack of evidence but does not deny the existance of god.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/06/11 01:18:07
    No
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +1
    Agnostic; idk.

    Atheist; God, lol.
  • PumpkinMuncher 2012/06/11 01:13:43
    No
    PumpkinMuncher
    +2
    NO not at all. Atheists do not believe in any higher power while Agnostics are unsure if there is one.
  • Happy 2012/06/11 01:08:50
    No
    Happy
    +3
    an agnostic is open-minded and like the idea of a god but doesn't say there definitely is one, an atheist believes there is definitely no god.
  • XENON23 2012/06/11 01:02:44
    No
    XENON23
    +2
    No. Do you not have a dictionary?
  • 666_Mag... XENON23 2012/06/11 01:11:13
  • XENON23 666_Mag... 2012/06/11 01:23:57
    XENON23
    +1
    You have google?
  • 666_Mag... XENON23 2012/06/11 01:25:16
    666_Maggots~I'm a female!
    Yeah but it always gives me irrelevant information. I googled this and got the book of Genesis....... O_o
  • XENON23 666_Mag... 2012/06/11 01:30:16
    XENON23
    +1
    Try goggling for a dictionary.

    But the basic answer is that Atheists tend to believe in nothing and Agnostics say they just do not know for sure. Now that is just a very very basic answer.
  • 666_Mag... XENON23 2012/06/11 01:33:00
    666_Maggots~I'm a female!
    +1
    Okay. Thanks.
  • XENON23 666_Mag... 2012/06/11 01:57:32
    XENON23
    +1
    your welcome.
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/11 02:54:34
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    That's not quite true or accurate. As an atheist, I believe in a great many things, I just cannot put faith in what I consider absurd. Every atheist I've ever encountered believes similarly, so to say we "tend to believe in nothing", is just another absurdity religious types try to propagate.
  • XENON23 Brian ☮... 2012/06/11 03:04:24
    XENON23
    +1
    Did I not say that was a very basic answer. It is also the typical but people seem to be changing the meaning of so much these day that soon nothing will mean something.
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/11 04:52:53
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    I'm saying that the "very basic answer" you gave is basically wrong, and quite frankly, pretty offensive. I'm sure that most every atheist will tell you the same exact thing.

    Now, I don't think you're trying to be offensive on purpose (at least I would hope not), but I am letting you know.
  • XENON23 Brian ☮... 2012/06/11 16:14:11
    XENON23
    +1
    I will just go back to standing by what I said in the first place and if you want to go on making things mean what ever you want them to mean then your stupid and if you offend that easy then you need some thicker skin.
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/11 21:59:04
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    So, you ARE trying to be offensive! Good to know! You are the epitome of why atheists constantly are at war with godniks, you're a bunch of pricks.
  • XENON23 Brian ☮... 2012/06/11 23:51:06
    XENON23
    +1
    It is almost impossible to not be offensive to people who are so easy to offend. All I have to do is speak and I will offend some like you.
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/12 06:00:55
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    Purposely propagating nonsense about a whole class of people, based on what YOU think about their beliefs, is no different from propagating nonsense about what YOU think about the color of their skin.
  • XENON23 Brian ☮... 2012/06/12 06:19:36
    XENON23
    atheism |ˈāTHēˌizəm|
    noun
    disbelief in the existence of God or gods.
    ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from French athéisme, from Greek atheos, from a- ‘without’ + theos ‘god.’

    _____________________________...

    agnostic |agˈnästik|
    noun
    a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

    It seem that I stay in the right while you make it all up.

    I think you may be a makeintupist.

    Now go away
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/12 06:32:49
  • XENON23 Brian ☮... 2012/06/12 06:42:37
    XENON23
    I have listened a many atheists and all seem to end up with nothing in the end...or they shift to a philosophy and that is something other than theistic.

    .
  • Brian ☮... XENON23 2012/06/12 07:31:44
    Brian ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    Not ascribing to any certain accepted philosophy, theistic or not, simply does not mean believing in nothing, no matter how you want to interpret it. We as humans, every one of us, have beliefs that mold our lives, it's inevitable. Atheists just don't hold a belief in a god or gods.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/06/11 00:58:58
    Jedi Unicorn
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    I don't know if I believe in the Jedi Unicorn or not.

    But I bet lots of people just discount the possibility!
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Narcole... 2012/06/11 02:27:28
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    jedi unicorn
    Jedi Unicorn
    WHAT IS SKYCLAD
    This I have no idea what it is
  • gocar 2012/06/11 00:54:38
    No
    gocar
    +1
    An atheist believes that there is not supreme being or any kind of diety. An agnostic admits to not knowing and not being sure. Life as if there were but expect none.
  • CielPhantomhive.BN-0 2012/06/11 00:52:51
    Jedi Unicorn
    CielPhantomhive.BN-0
    +2
    For the win.
  • 666_Mag... CielPha... 2012/06/11 00:54:40
    666_Maggots~I'm a female!
    +1
    Okay? lol
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/06/11 00:46:55
    No
    Andy Fletcher
    +2
    See Sir Dagon's answer below. There are many degrees of agnosticism. Basically, we agnostics tend to be analytical of mysticism of all sorts, and simply require proof. In my case, a burning bush talking to me and I'm not on some mind altering substance, telling me it is the voice of God, and I'm there. But I'm going to look for the hidden speakers and gas pipes first.
  • Crime Time 2012/06/11 00:41:45
  • The_Infidel_Atheist 2012/06/11 00:39:06 (edited)
    No
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +3
    A lot of people seem to be very confused as to what the terms atheist and agnostic mean. Atheist and agnostic are two totally different answers to two totally different questions. Atheist or theist are the answers to the question, "Do you BELIEVE that God/Gods exist?". Atheists would answer "no", theists would answer "yes". There are no other answers, either you believe in their existence or not. If you are unsure then you don't know what you believe and you have some self-exploring to do. Now Agnostic and gnostic on the other hand are the answers to the question, "Do you KNOW that God/Gods exist?". It's a claim have knowledge or not, it's not dealing with belief. Agnostics would answer "no", and gnostics would answer "yes". There are no other answers because either you know, or you don't know. I'm an agnostic atheist because I don't claim to know if God/Gods exist or not, I just don't believe that they exist. Likewise I know religious people who are agnostic theists, and don't claim to know that God or Gods exist, they just believe and have faith that God/Gods exist. Any claim to knowledge (gnosticism) bears the burden of proof. So if you claim to know of a God or Gods existence or nonexistence, the burden of proof is on you to provide evidence of such a claim.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... The_Inf... 2012/06/11 02:15:59 (edited)
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    I Believe Mother Nature is Goddess
    nature god
  • squire The_Inf... 2012/06/11 17:06:00
    squire
    check out the happy heretic and in god we trust, but which one. two great books by judith hayes. the web site is the happyheretic.com
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/06/11 00:35:32 (edited)
    No
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +4
    Atheist says there is nothing spiritual.

    Agnostic says there is something there. They just don't know what it is.
  • 7 minut... Nam Era... 2012/06/11 00:39:52
    7 minutes ago...
    +2
    (*¯︶¯*) u nailed it.

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