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What's the difference between agnostic and atheism?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:54 PM on Dec. 13, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • agnostic means you beleive in a higher power that is not one power like god and athiest don't beleive in a heaven or a hell a god or satan
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Agnostic you believe there may be a higher power, you just don't know what.
    Atheism you don't believe in a higher power at all.
    oliviasmomma09

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 2:56 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Agnostic is open to the idea of religion, but not entirely convinced by it.

    Atheist does not believe in religion, period.
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 2:56 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • This is probably too simple, but I think of atheism as believing that there is no God, and agnosticism as not knowing if there is God- or believing that there might be, but might not be.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 2:56 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • "Agnosticism (Greek: α- a-, without + γνώσις gnōsis, knowledge; after Gnosticism) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims — particularly metaphysical claims regarding theology, afterlife or the existence of deities, ghosts, or even ultimate reality — is unknown or, depending on the form of agnosticism, inherently impossible to prove or disprove. It is often put forth as a middle ground between theism and atheism[1]."

    Basically, we agnostics (for the most part) aren't sure whether there is or isn't a "god".
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:57 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • "Atheism, as an explicit position, can be either the affirmation of the nonexistence of gods,[1] or the rejection of theism.[2] It is also[3] defined more broadly as an absence of belief in deities, or nontheism."

    Basically, (most) atheists agree that there is no "god" whatsoever.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:58 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • And for clarification, neither are bad or evil =]
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:59 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Simply put
    Atheists = NO god
    Agnostic = There may or may not be a god, an "I don't know, or I can't prove it either way".

    Now before someone goes off on the "Well then all atheists are agnostics cause they can't prove God doesn't exist" know that by that same logic all believers would be agnostics as well. The difference is an atheist asserts there is no god with or without proof, a believer asserts there is a god with or without proof, and agnostic doesn't assert anything other than "It's unknown" in terms of god and proof.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 3:21 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • well put : KristiS11384. Agnostics can however also believe that there is some high power but we don't know which exact god(s) to pursue so we stay in the middle ground
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 5:41 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Answered at 5:41 PM on Dec. 13, 2008 by: xxhazeldovexx

    well put : KristiS11384. Agnostics can however also believe that there is some high power but we don't know which exact god(s) to pursue so we stay in the middle ground


    I always thought that was more descriptive of deists. They believe in a higher power or a god of sorts but not a specific set of religious doctrines or beliefs
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:52 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

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