posted on Dec, 23 2011 @ 01:29 PM
Originally posted by secretagentwomyn
reply to post by jahn369
There are other choices besides "Religious or atheist" scientists you know. There are people like myself, a scientist, that is not a religious
person, but also not an atheist.
No, that is a simple sentence that doesn't understand the definition of a theist/atheist. People tend to write that to feel they are above everyone,
when it only demonstrates their poor grasp of the terms.
Theist = Belief in a deity
Atheist = Non belief in a deity
Gnostic = Has knowledge
Agnostic= Has no knowledge.
So, for instance, I am an agnostic atheist. I don't know all the answers, but I do not believe in deitys (not that I cannot believe in them, just
that there is no reason to believe in them because I do not have any evidence or knowledge of them...same with aliens from Zeta..don't believe in
them, but they may be real, I just haven't found any proof yet, so until that time comes, I am going with..don't know, its a unicorn for now
Most people are Agnostic Theists..meaning they don't have proof, or any real evidence, but they believe in some sort of deity anyhow because they
have been scared into believing in something, and its the social norm
Fundys are Gnostic Theists...they know there is a God because of (x).
So, you are either theist, or atheist. You are also either gnostic or agnostic.
Its hair splitting, I know..but the more this becomes muddied, the less people will fully understand what the concepts are in general...and the less
people understand what an atheist is..which I suspect lots and lots of people are atheist at heart..just too confused or frightened to admit it..(I
hear atheists are baby eating devils whom demand there are no gods)