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Here’s the definition of Agnosticism from Wikipedia:

Agnosticism (from the Greek a, meaning “without” and gnosis, “knowledge”, translating to unknowable) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims—particularly theological claims regarding metaphysics, afterlife or the existence of God, god(s), or deities—is unknown or (possibly) inherently unknowable.

Agnostics claim either that it is not possible to have absolute or certain knowledge or, alternatively, that while certainty may be possible, they personally have no knowledge. Agnosticism in both cases involves some form of skepticism.

Atheism is defined as

the disbelief in the existence of any deities. It is contrasted with theism, the belief in a God or gods. Atheism is commonly defined as the positive belief that deities do not exist, or as the deliberate rejection of theism.”

Hence agnostic atheism is not having an absolute or certain knowledge in the positive belief that deities do not exist. In other words, we are without absolute knowledge that there is no God.

From our perspective, one can:

  1. Believe in God as an absolute reality (fundamentalism)
  2. Choose to believe in God as defined by a particular religion but acknowledge that it is without certainty (agnosticism)
  3. Choose to believe in the concept of God but without certainty as to who he/she is (agnostic theism)
  4. Choose to not believe in God but without the certainty that there is no God (agnostic atheism)
  5. Believe absolutely that there is no God (atheism)

On opposite sides of the two extremes there is fundamentalism and atheism. Each group are absolute in their beliefs and, in many cases, have no tolerance for the other group. In the same way we disagree with the fundamentalist view that God exist without doubt, agnostic atheists disagree with the atheist view that God absolutely does not exist. How can one know either with certainty?

While an agnostic leans towards believing God exists, agnostic atheists lean towards believing that there is no God. Agnostics also tend to go with a definition of God as defined by a particular religion.

Ironically, because of our definition of Agnostic Atheism, there is room for Agnostic Theists who may lean towards believing in a deity but without certainty and acknowledging that the the patriarchal religions (Judaism, Christianity, & Islam) do not accurately describe such a being.

[Note: Many atheists do not fit within the above description of an atheist. The description simply followed the absolute definition of the word atheism.]

Further Readings

Why am I an agnostic atheist?
Why not agnostic theism?

Guest Articles:

Theism, agnosticism and atheism – Mary
Defining Agnostic Atheism – Simen

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