There is no God. The Absence of God: The Agnostic Confusion

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Agnostic Confusion


In the category of non-believers lie three groups. Atheism, Antitheism and Agnosticism. Atheism is the absence of belief in a God, while Antitheism is the active opposition to God and religion. But in this category also lies Agnosticism, the belief that nothing can be known and therefore no assumptions should be made. While people who are agnostic do not believe in a God, they refuse to take a stance on his existence, therefore denying themselves the basic right of having an opinion.

But what is even more strange to me is that agnosticism is essentially atheism in a confused manner. Speaking for myself as well as I can only assume most atheists, I cannot be certain there is no God (just as I cannot be certain there is no Santa Clause etc.). I never dare claim that I am sure there is no God because I in no way am. This in many ways is the view of an agnostic. But at the same time, I do think it is incredibly unlikely there is such as powerful being and therefore go one step further and say I don't believe in the existence of a God.

I believe with the utmost conviction that agnosticism can only exist for two reasons, 1) failure to understand the concept of atheism, or 2) simple lazyness.
Starting with 1) the confusion regarding the concept of atheist originates from the definition. What one must understand is that the absence of a belief in God is not equatable to the positivity that there is no God. We atheists, like agnostics, freely admit that we do not know how the wonders of the universe originated. But here is where atheists take a minuscule leap of faith: we believe that God is a very unlikely theory to our answers.
This leads me to 2) If a non-believer is really not willing to acknowledge that the God hypothesis is unlikely, than they are simply not willing to form an opinion which is fine until you realize that the God hypothesis is not an evolving theory. The religious arguments are not changing and therefore, one should be able to form an opinion over time. But if one refuses to, than I cannot point the blame to anything but lazyness.

Luckily, I believe that the instances of 1) are much more frequent than 2).Therefore, it is up to us atheists to clarify what we actually believe. We are not certain of anything, but we still manage to formulate a working opinion. This is something agnostics should be able to do as well so why not let them join our ranks by breaking the agnostic confusion once and for all.

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