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8/18/2018 7:26:50 AM
Posted: 1 year ago

Most atheists hold that atheism is not a belief but only the lack of belief in any God. If this were really the case, then atheism would also have to be defined as a lack of belief in the nonexistence of God, which would make it completely synonymous with agnosticism. For atheism to be "not a belief", it must ascribe equal probability to the existence/nonexistence of God. If an atheist strays from the default position by claiming that God "probably" doesn't exist, he is making a claim about the world, and his insistence that the claim is true (or at least more reasonable than its opposite) means we are dealing with a belief.

Now, some atheists will claim that the term atheism is indeed just a synonym for agnosticism, but this is ridiculous. This would mean that the term "atheism" could just as well be written as "a-godless-worldism", or even "a-atheism". If it's just the default position, there's no reason to define it as an absence of a belief in God (theism) anymore than an absence of a belief in the nonexistence of God. getdegree18.com.The fact that it's defined *only* in juxtaposition to theism means that it is not a symmetric position like agnosticism, and implies that those who identify with atheism are more on the side of God's nonexistence than His existence.

The most sensible classification system is the following:

"Convinced atheist" for those who are (or are almost) 100 percent certain God does not exist.
"Atheist" for those who think God's existence is somewhere between unlikely and very unlikely.
"Agnostic" for those who truly are on the fence.
"Theist" for those who think God's existence is somewhere between likely and very likely.
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"Convinced theist" for those who are (or are almost) 100 percent certain that God does exist.

The term "agnostic atheist" should be eliminated altogether.

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