Kapanalig Sa Wala - Literally, one who also have faith in nothing, is a play on words and wasn't really intended to mean something. It was made in jest to call the atheist camp when I was still actively debating god in one of the demised public forums out there. I think walang pananalig (faithless) would have proven to be more precise but I think the intended humor will be lost.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Atheism and Agnosticism

Atheism and agnosticism deal with the concept "god" in different spheres. Agnosticism is about not having knowledge about god or its existence while atheism is about not having a belief in the existence of god.

Agnosticism = lack of knowledge
Atheism = lack of belief

I think that nobody has true knowledge of the existence of god. Therefore, everybody is ultimately and technically an agnostic. A form of weak atheism is also referred to as agnostic atheism. There is a middle ground between theism and atheism in the technical sense since there are those who are "undecided" and some of them prefer to call themselves among many terms as non-theist or post-theist or what-not. Agnosticism is not a middle ground between theism and atheism since agnosticism is present in the whole set. But in practice, those who are at the atheism end of the spectrum, live in a world where gods are not part of reality.

5 comments:

Miss Anthropist ♥ said...

this explains.
i'm puzzled with the terms sometimes.

KapanaligSaWala said...

i'm sure you are. i put it here (and somewhere else) to remind myself.

thanks for dropping by.

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domi-quell said...

This is what I always explain to people. But they just always try to disagree with my definitions. ~_~

Garuda00 said...

basahin mo kaya ang manga na socrates in love(english ver.) tungkol sa atheism yun...