This chart represents various theological positions. Recently, I’ve received an overwhelming amount of feedback concerning my comments on religion. Through public comments and private messages/conversations several of you have asked me if I am an atheist. No, I am not. Before I state where I could be placed on this chart let’s take some time to define terms….
Agnostic: a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or thenonexistence of God or a god
Then there are two options in relation to a person’s belief:
Since we’re on the subject of definitions, I’d like to define three terms that I reference frequently throughout my blog.
Blind Faith: Firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
So where do you fit on the chart? Currently, I’d say that I am an agnostic theist.
I believe there is something bigger than “us”. And like I’ve said time and time again, I am not comfortable calling it God without at least first qualifying what I mean by a term with such strong connotations. In my posts titled “This Thing Called God” & Why I Reject Religion I touch on this subject. The two posts are generally the same message. Though I will admit the first is more on the sugary coating side of things; while the second is a more clear cut brutally honest post. I am an advocate for reason over blind faith. Though I recognize that often times we are not given the option of having answers through reason. There are many things in this world that we cannot know for sure. A lot of uncertainty. Sometimes we do have to place trust in things and people without knowing “for sure” and that’s okay. When I have the opportunity to use my mind to reason yet choose to have blind faith instead; then I am insulting myself and the truth. That’s why I value reason over blind faith.
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