posted on Jun, 23 2014 @ 12:00 PM
I think that this discussion has become a mass of confusion because we can't agree on what certain words mean. The way I see it, (a)theism is the
belief (or non-belief – more on that later) in the existence of a god, or gods, basically yes or no. (A)gnosticism is the degree of conviction (or
doubt), basically absolutely sure, or kind of think so. These are two sliding scales that are perpendicular to each other. Therefore, a gnostic theist
has an absolute conviction that a god is real, and a gnostic athiest is absolutely sure that there is no god, or gods. Furthermore, an agnostic theist
believes that there probably is a god, but is unsure, or is convinced that there is no reasonable way of knowing. An agnostic atheist has weighed the
evidence for the existence of a god and is unconvinced, or feels that it is impossible to be convinced. The agnostic atheist is similar to the jury
member who is unconvinced by the evidence that the butler did it.
It's important to understand that there are 2 types of atheists. The gnostic atheist has a dogmatic, fundamentlist position that would be
clearly be an active belief system. The other type of atheist, the agnostic atheist (almost all are in this camp), is simply one who does not accept
the reality of a god. My cat is an atheist (at least I assume she is). I don't think that anyone would reasonably claim that she had a belief system
about a god.
Finally, a true scientist (or at least a true Scotsman scientist) will always take the position that a reasonable proof of the existence of a god
is not impossible. If and when that proof arrives, then this god will rightfully take the supreme position within the realm of Nature.