agnostic vs atheist : Common Errors in English

About agnostic vs atheist

Both agnostics and atheists are regularly criticized as illogical by people who don’t understand the meaning of these terms. An agnostic is a person who believes that the existence of a god or gods cannot be proven or known. Agnosticism is a statement about the limits of human knowledge. It is an error to suppose that agnostics perpetually hesitate between faith and doubt: they are confident they cannot know the ultimate truth. Similarly, atheists believe there are no gods. Atheists need not be able to disprove the existence of gods to be consistent just as believers do not need to be able to prove that gods do exist in order to be regarded as religious. Both attitudes have to do with beliefs, not knowledge.“Agnostic” is often used metaphorically of any refusal to make a judgment, usually on the basis of a lack of evidence; people can be agnostic about acupuncture, for instance, if they believe there is not enough evidence one way or another to decide its effectiveness.

agnostic Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
  • (a) uncertain of all claims to knowledge
  • (n) someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
  • (a) of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism

atheist Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who denies the existence of god
  • (a) related to or characterized by or given to atheism

agnostic in News

  1. Texas Christian University Cites ‘Diversity’ in Recognizing Atheist Group, Embracing All Religions

    FORT WORTH– The recent recognition of an atheist student organization and the public promotion of different faiths have led some to question the religious policies of Texas Christian University (TCU). As previously reported, in February, a 32-year-old transfer student at TCU submitted paperwork to form an atheist and agnostic group called the “Freethinking Frogs.” This [...]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Christian News Network

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    Zettaset, the leader in secure Big Data management, announced today that Zettaset Orchestrator, a distribution-agnostic cluster management platform, now supports the recent Hadoop distribution releases ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Ruckus Unveils New Device Agnostic Networking Framework

    Ruckus Wireless, Inc. recently unveiled a new framework for device agnostic networking (DAN) that helps organizations reduce the burden on IT staff and related costs associated with managing the explosion in mobile device usage.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: Field Technologies Online

atheist in News

  1. Professing Christian Mother Contacts Atheist Group to Protest Prayer at Pre-K Graduation

    BEAUMONT – A school district in Texas is investigating a complaint after a mother who identifies as a Christian contacted a prominent atheist activist organization to express concerns over a prayer offered during a pre-k graduation ceremony. The Beaumont Independent School District has confirmed that it received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation [...]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Christian News Network

  2. Hey mom, I’m an atheist — How atheism affects relationships

    Coming out of the atheist closet “Are you sure you don’t wanna just tell mom you’re gay or something instead?” Instead of telling her he was an atheist, that is. That is the question Tim Jensen’s sister ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Argonaut

  3. Texas Christian University Cites ‘Diversity’ in Recognizing Atheist Group, Embracing All Religions

    FORT WORTH– The recent recognition of an atheist student organization and the public promotion of different faiths have led some to question the religious policies of Texas Christian University (TCU). As previously reported, in February, a 32-year-old transfer student at TCU submitted paperwork to form an atheist and agnostic group called the “Freethinking Frogs.” This [...]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Christian News Network

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