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seeking-knowledge
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5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.
Seeking for truth, and knowledge.
Brendan21
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5/16/2014 11:12:42 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

I'm only going to define them according to me (definitions of words are easy to find).
I consider my self an agnostic realist, meaning that I admit that I know nothing but still can eliminate some possibilities using logic and the apparent (IE what we know to exist/be true) which is what being agnostic means to me.
Atheism means you believe there is no god/deity and hold the position that according to logic and the apparent there is no possibility of a deity or god.
Theism means that you subscribe to the belief that according to logic and the apparent a or pural deities/gods created the universe and/or has a master plan for it.
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5/17/2014 11:25:32 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

My personal interpretations:

Agnosticism (in a religious sense) - The belief that the truth of Gods existence cannot, or will not, be known within our lifetimes on Earth.

Agnosticism (In a general sense) - The belief that we are incapable of knowing some things, or possibly the belief that we are incapable of truly knowing anything at all.

A [without] gnosis [knowledge] ism [belief]
Belief that we are without knowledge.

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Theism - Having beliefs about the nature(s) of one or more higher beings, generally involving the worship and/or praise of of those beings in accordance with religious doctrine.

Theos [God] ism [belief]
Belief of God

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Atheism - The belief that any higher beings are absent from (take no interest in) our lives here on Earth.

Atheos [Godless] ism [belief]
Belief that we are Godless (without God).
To say one has free will, to have chosen other than they did, is to say they have will over their will... Will over the will they have over their will... Will over the will they have over the will they have over their will, etc... It's utter nonsense.
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5/17/2014 1:51:18 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

Here's the simple man's version

Agnosticism- eh, there could be a God

Theism- obviously there's a God

Atheism- Hell no there ain't no god
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5/17/2014 3:01:38 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/17/2014 1:51:18 PM, matt.mcguire88 wrote:
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

Here's the simple man's version

Agnosticism- eh, there could be a God

Theism- obviously there's a God

Atheism- Hell no there ain't no god

LOL!

I like.
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5/17/2014 3:11:19 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
The way I see it, theism and atheist are about faith and not beliefs. An atheist does lack belief in any deity, but more importantly he lacks faith in any deity. I believe that theists and atheist never question their beliefs or lack of beliefs in a god. The reason is simple and reasonable: The theist has faith in god and that's really all you need. A theist will not question his religion or try to explain it, he doesn't need to prove anything. This is what faith is about, believing something with no evidence.
The atheist on the other hand has no faith, so he has nothing to question. He will never find faith, but instead look for hard proof that he will never find,
Now, agnosticism is a very strange topic with a lot of room for interpretation. I thing an agnostic is someone who has some faith, but not enough to call himself a theist. An agnostic wants evidence, but is also willing to believe certain claims with no proof. He actively questions his beliefs and is willing to change them and accepts the fact that his understanding is limited, therefore the supernatural is not improbable.

I don't know how many people would agree with these definitions, but this is how I see it.
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5/17/2014 3:13:57 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism

Means without knowing if there is a God or not

- Atheism

Lack of belief or disbelief in God

- Theism

Belief in God

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?

I follow those meanings, BTW, Gnostic means knowing there is or is not a God.

Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

Gnostic and Agnostic only deals with if you know or not, Theism and Atheism deal with if you believe or not.

There are 4 positions you can take:
Gnostic Theist- Know there is a God and believe
Agnostic Theist- Does not know if there is a God but believes
Agnostic Atheist- Does not know if there is a God so disbelieves
Gnostic Atheist- Knows there is no God and disbelieves.
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5/17/2014 3:15:42 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism

The belief that the existence or non-existence of God(s) is unknown or unknowable.

- Ahteism

The belief that there are no God(s).

- Theism

The belief that there are God(s).

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.
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5/17/2014 3:19:36 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:

- Agnosticism: Not sure - I am not agnostic
- Ahteism: Not sure - I am not atheist
- Theism: Not sure, I think it depends a lot on the theology of the theist


And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?

Just being curious. c: I know this one! You are a seeker of knowledge and enlightenment


Thank you everyone.

Your welcome :-)
seeking-knowledge
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5/18/2014 4:29:35 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/17/2014 1:51:18 PM, matt.mcguire88 wrote:
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:
- Agnosticism
- Ahteism
- Theism

And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?
Just being curious. c:

Thank you everyone.

Here's the simple man's version

Agnosticism- eh, there could be a God

Theism- obviously there's a God

Atheism- Hell no there ain't no god

Gahah, thanks!
Seeking for truth, and knowledge.
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5/18/2014 4:30:09 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/17/2014 3:19:36 PM, SemperVI wrote:
At 5/16/2014 10:57:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Hello everyone, I just wanted to know, what's the meaning of:

- Agnosticism: Not sure - I am not agnostic
- Ahteism: Not sure - I am not atheist
- Theism: Not sure, I think it depends a lot on the theology of the theist


And then, according to you and your personal beliefs, what's their meaning?

Just being curious. c: I know this one! You are a seeker of knowledge and enlightenment


Thank you everyone.

Your welcome :-)

(:
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seeking-knowledge
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5/18/2014 4:31:08 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Thank you everyone for your replies.
But does a theist necessarily believe in some specific god/religion?
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5/18/2014 6:32:08 AM
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At 5/18/2014 4:31:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Thank you everyone for your replies.
But does a theist necessarily believe in some specific god/religion?

Well it is the belief in one God as Creator and ruler of the universe. For some theists the concept of the God in the Bible is most theologically possible and is more solid in it's foundation, or the idea of it's God compared to our reality.
I think it could be both but not limited to for example I'm a theist as well as a Christian, because I believe in one God that is Creator, but my theology and philosophy is in line with that of Christian teaching.
So I believe that theist is more of a general term, not specific to religion.
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5/18/2014 6:33:32 AM
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At 5/18/2014 6:32:08 AM, matt.mcguire88 wrote:
At 5/18/2014 4:31:08 AM, seeking-knowledge wrote:
Thank you everyone for your replies.
But does a theist necessarily believe in some specific god/religion?

Well it is the belief in one God as Creator and ruler of the universe. For some theists the concept of the God in the Bible is most theologically possible and is more solid in it's foundation, or the idea of it's God compared to our reality.
I think it could be both but not limited to for example I'm a theist as well as a Christian, because I believe in one God that is Creator, but my theology and philosophy is in line with that of Christian teaching.
So I believe that theist is more of a general term, not specific to religion.

I see. Thank you!
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5/18/2014 6:45:50 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Atheist - The belief there is no God
Agnostic Atheist -The belief there might be a God, but we can't possibly know.
Agnostic Deist - The belief in some sort of a God in the sense of an abstract impersonal power, that we can't possibly know or understand.
Deist - The belief in a God (or Gods), that is also a person, but completely rejecting existing religions and their scriptural texts.
Theist - The belief in a God (or Gods), that is also a person, and that it is possible to know this through an existing religion.

A Theist doesn't have to completely agree with a specific religion. For example, a theist satanist might believe in the majority of the bible, but also believe that God is the bad guy and Satan is the good guy.