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Posted by Harvey on August 3, 2001 16:07:22 UTC

This was posted by Mario in a below post:


Hi Aurino:

I agree that labels are useful to classify issues, however I think Harv has been overdoing it. It's great to come to a consensus on the meaning of terms, but I got the impression that Harv is trying to argue based solely on the labels instead of trying to settle disagreements. Under Harv's definition of theism, pretty much everyone is a theist, me included. But I hate it when people argue based solely on those labels. If I am a theist according to Harv, so what? My opinions on the issue haven't changed, and I still disagree with him. Actual opinions should be given a higher priority than enlarging or shrinking certain pigeonholes.

Just to avoid any obfuscation (great word) I'll define my definitions here:

Strong Theist: Someone who believes in the God of a dogmatic religion (A non-rational based belief system)

Weak Theist: Someone who believes in a sentient creator (anything less than sentient I don't think would qualify as God; hence, no theism)

Weak Agnostic: Someone who says we can't know whether or not God exists, but believes in some form of divine power, whether sentient or not.

Strong Agnostic: Someone who says we can't know whether or not God exists, but may suspect some form of divine order.

Weak Atheist: Someone with no belief in God.

Strong Atheist: Someone with belief in no God.

My personal opinions fall somewhere in between weak atheism and strong agnosticism: I don't believe in any God, but suspect some form of greater power.


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