Agnosticism

Different from atheists, agnostics doubt the existence of God or gods.

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Funeral rites for agnostic faith?

Agnosis comes from the Greek. gnosis means knowledge. The prefix a means "without". Agnosis means you simply do not KNOW if a God or Supreme Power exists. Faith requires "belief". Belief is about not having proof.

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Pretty much by definition, being agnostic is not a faith. Many humanist societies have developed humanist funeral and wedding ceremonies.

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Why is it so hard for me to believe in God?

Atheists do Not want to have to be responsible for there decisions and actions! So they claim God could not be real. Yet it is Atheists items of proofs that as of 2007 was all tested by Order and ALL that the Atheists had used were discovered to be Fakes! Most of what the Atheists had paid to be made-up to look like their beliefs turned out to really be New BONEs and All from already known of animals! Of what fossils the Atheists did have, not one tested tone more than 6,000 years! Same age as the Bible states we are!

When it is harder to believe in God, IF one prays to GOD and asks GOD for help; then this hardness goes away! Are you willing to Pray To GOD and get Love into your life?

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Can an agnostic marry a Catholic in the Catholic Church?

I had such a couple living behind me as I grew up. The kept saying they would never divorce. She was the Catholic. He was Baptist. She kept ruling over him. They did get divorced! I was told it was before their younger child was even grown. When they did decide they would have to divorce, they still said they would not until the children were all grown.

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Do people who are agnostic still attend church?

An agnostic might indeed attend church, or they might not - it's up to them.

Agnostics are simply people who don't believe deities can be proved or disproved. This is not to be confused with atheism, wherein a person does not believe any god exists. The two are independent and not mutually exclusive.

An agnostic then has the options of "maybe there is, so I'll worship anyway" or "maybe there isn't, so why bother?".

In the first case, a person will attend church because they can and want to; in the second, a person does not attend because they don't want to.

Persons who might otherwise be in the second group are also sometimes forced to attend, for example by parents or by society.

A second perspective

I am agnostic. I go to church. Now, the reason as to why I go to church is not necessarily the same reason as a Christian. I go to church not because I choose to worship God (although I do sing the hymns etc.; why not: it's not often you get the opportunity to sing when not in the shower), but because I aim to stop being Agnostic. It is better to have certainty than it is to have uncertainty.

Rather than giving up and saying "It is not possible to know." I say "I don't know." This means that I have a certain desire to find out the truth which propels me to go to church and to read into other religions, such that I may understand their ways. I personally find Buddhism fascinating.

If we are to understand Agnostic beliefs, we must understand the terminology. Agnostic means 'without knowledge', and therefore I define Agnostics two ways:

  • Definitive: "It is not possible to know whether there is or is not a God." or even "It is not possible to know whether anything exists or is true." The latter being an utter lack of faith in the world as a whole. This type of person, I would say, is the type who commits suicide.
  • Uncertain: "I do not know whether God does or does not exist due to a lack of evidence (or some other reason)." This is where I am.

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  • Agnostic Theists: "I believe that God exists but am not certain of it."
  • Agnostic Atheists: "I believe that God most likely does not exist but there is still the possibility that one does."

A definitive agnostic would not bother to attend church as it is not worthwhile since it is impossible, in his opinion, to know God. He doesn't bother to read into religion, but instead busies himself with other things. The uncertain one most probably goes to church. He is not trying to know if he does not. He reads into other religions actively. The theist attends church, though with no great enthusiasm, barely clinging to his faith. The atheist reads into it, though most likely gets nowhere through empty research, and most likely does not attend church because he believes that God is unlikely. Therefore, Agnosticism is more complicated, I believe, than some people would take it to be.

The reason for attending church can never be the same as a Christian, but one can still hope to gain spiritually from the teaching.

Therefore, I would say to any Agnostic to decide from the above where you are at and on that basis make your choice as to whether you go to church or not.

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What is a Militant Agnostic?

A "militant agnostic" is a person who insists that the knowledge of the existence or non-existence of a god is and always will be an unanswerable question. This differs from a so-called "transitional" or "questioning" agnostic who may be searching for an answer, and has the hope of one day discovering that evidence for him or herself; or because the subject is is simply unimportant in their lives.

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Is your baby cursed if he or she is ginger?

No. If your child has red hair when he/she is born then most likely it will change, but if it doesn't then you have a baby that has red hair. It is a gentic malformation, it isn't because your child is cursed. Don't worry, you don't have a devil child.


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What do you call a person that believes in one god?

If you only believe in one deity, you are monotheistic.

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What is the meaning of a black wreath?

It is symbolic of someone who has died.

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What is agnosticism?

The practice of questioning the existence of a god or supreme being.

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What is a person called who is not sure God exists?

Someone who doesn't know whether god exists is called agnostic. Someone who needs evidence to prove it is an atheist.
People who are not sure if there is a god are called agnostics.
An agnostic doesn't necessarily believe there is a God but doesn't rule out the possibility. An atheist believes completely that there is no God.

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How do you xxplain the significance of agnostic and monotheistic?

An agnostic takes the position that there is inadequate information to answer any question about God/Gods. Monotheistic refers to the belief that there is one (and only one) supreme being as opposed to polytheistic (many divine beings as in Roman mythology) or pantheistic (a god presence in every thing).

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Who is the creator of human being?

It depends on who you ask. The atheist would say there is no God. Some atheists believe the big bang created the universe and the human being. The agnostic is unsure who created the human being since they are unsure their is a God since they see no proof that there is one and see no proof that God doesn't exist. Christians, on the other hand, believe God is the creator of the human being. In reality, no one knows who is the creator is. People just have faith and certain beliefs.

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What is the difference between an agnostic and an atheist?

Answer 1

An agnostic believes there is not enough evidence to decide the existence of God, an atheist believes there is no god or gods. In practice, philosophers describe 5 levels:

strong theist - certain there is a god

weak theist - an agnostic who believes there's not enough evidence to prove existence, nevertheless, believes there is a god.

agnostic - believes there is not enough evidence to decide the existence of God and has no opinion one way or another.

weak atheist - an agnostic who nevertheless believes there is no god.

strong atheist - certain there is no god.

Answer 2

Agnostic comes from the Greek "A" - meaning "no/against" and "Gnosis" - meaning "knowing". Agnostic, therefore, is someone who does not know whether or not a God or many gods exist. Atheist means someone who either does not believe that God/god-claims have met their burden of proof OR actively disbelieves in all God/god-claims. A person can be both an Agnostic and an Atheist at the same time.

In colloquial usage, though, people refer to themselves as Agnostics if they are unsure whether or not to believe religious claims and Atheists if they do not believe them, even though this is an incorrect use of the terms.

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What is the symbol for Agnostic?

There is no need for an agnostic symbol, unless it is shrugged shoulders with a caption: I don't know, maybe.

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Are there any celebrity atheists theists or agnostics who will give reasons for their opinions?

There are plenty; Richard Dawkins is probably the most famous, but Sir David Attenborough, Bertrand Russell and Christopher Hitchens are also well known atheists.

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What is the greatest cause of prejudice?

Pride

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Atheism means disbelief in all gods but what word means disbelief in Christ specifically?

Atheism covers disbelief of Jesus as Christ as God/son of God as well.

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Are there any more atheists and agnostics who are critics of evolution besides David Berlinski and Bradley Monton?

Undoubtedly there would be atheists and agnostics who criticise the Theory of Evolution. Atheism and agnosticism are views on the non-existence of God(s), while evolution is concerned with biology, a branch of science. So, there is no necessary correlation between a person's understanding of the supernatural and his or her understanding of science.

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What is the differences between monotheism and atheism?

Monotheists believe in a single deity.

Mono = 1

Where as atheists believe in no deity.

A = without

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What do Agnostics believe?

Agnostics do not know if there is an ultimate reason or cause for the Universe. They may believe that the answer to this question is simply unknown at the present time or that it is completely unknowable. Some agnostics believe only in things that humans can directly verify through logic and the five senses. They do not deny a deity like an atheist would, but would say they didn't know (or we humans cannot know) one way or another.

Answer: The agnostics do not feel that there is enough evidence to say that God does or does not exist. Rather he reserves judgement and says that if God does exist he is unknown or unknowable. The term agnostic (from the Greek word agnostos, unknown) was coined by the 19th-century British scientist Thomas Huxley, who also helped to popularize the Darwinian theory of evolution. Huxley noted that the churches claimed to have a special gnosis (knowledge) about God and the origin of things. Doubtless Huxley's faith in the existence of God was shaken by his acceptance of the theory of evolution. His faith was further shaken by the conduct of those who should have been in a position to help him, the churches. Their record through the centuries was no recommendation for belief in God. (see Jehovah's Witnesses official website)

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Need to find some sights about why people believe in God?

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Is an agnostic an atheist?

No. If they were, they wouldn't have a different name. An agnostic is someone who believes that humankind's knowledge of the observable world and universe is not adequate to make a logical determination regarding the existence, or non-existence of God. An atheist on the other hand, while they wouldn't deny the statistical possibility of a existing God, believes that mankind's knowledge of the observable world and universe is adequate enough to determine that the existence of God is an extreme statistical improbability. Regarding the religious texts of the monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), atheists note that the God described in these texts is not congenial to the reality of the world and universe, as well as the human species. They also point out that the metaphysical claims of the Abrahamic texts have been factually refuted by scientific evidence for several hundred years. Atheism is often confused with Anti-theism, the gravitas of its case being the principled opposition to religion on moral grounds. * No, it is not, an agnostic is someone that would be willing to believe in any given religion, if significant proof were given. The agnostic does believe in a higher power, but until proven, does not choose a specific one god. An atheist on the other hand is a person that does not believe in any higher power, or, more simply put: a god. An agnostic is a person who has not come to a personal conclusion about the existence of a higher power, they have decided to wait until they find evidence from either side of the argument to make their decision. They have not denied the possibility that there is a God, but they don't follow a religion.

Answer In his book "The God Delusion", Richard Dawkins invents a scale from 1 to 7, 1 being people who claim to "know" there is no God and 7 being those skeptics who claim to "know" there is no God. Dawkins himself is a 6, claiming that while it is highly unlikely that there is a God, he does not believe in one. While it is possible to have formed no opinion on the issue, I believe it is possible to be an "agnostic atheist", this is not only prudent but necessary because if God were to clinch the argument by revealing himself, naturally any scientific minded person would adjust their beliefs accordingly. Agnosticism in and of itself is the refusual to come to any kind of conclusion about the nature of the Universe rather than the active denial of the claims of religion. Answer Yes, most people who call themselves agnostics or atheists share the position that there is not enough evidence for any of the gods that are proposed by the religions. The term agnostic was coined so that the unbelivers would have an socialy easier accepted name and position. If one looks at the difintions and statements from both agnostics and atheists, they are virtually undistinguable.

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Who is more likely to convert to God an atheist or an agnostic?

Atheist and agnostic positions are not mutually exclusive. Agnosticism is a position of knowledge, and atheism is a position of belief, or rather, lack of one. One can be agnostic atheist, or agnostic theist. I'll answer your question with a question: is there evidence of a God?

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What is chris Evans' religion?

He was raised Roman Catholic but supports gay marriage in direct conflict with the Catholic Church. His brother is homosexual and his uncle Congressman Michael Everett "Mike" Capuano was also raised Roman Catholic, but supports Abortion, and gay marriage as well.

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When you die is that the end?

According to ancient tradition the world over, the answer is no. Archaeologists, even secular ones, admit that no ancient society has ever been found that did not believe in some form of existence after death. See also:

What Judaism says on this

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