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Atheist, Gnostic, Theist, Agnostic

Atheist, Gnostic, Theist, Agnostic
Too many times I have informed someone that I am an atheist, only to have them reply, “Oh, but how could you know that God doesn’t exist? You’re taking a faith position!” Many headaches later, we finally come to an agreement over the definitions of these words. This arrangement is an attempt to clarify and classify these words, so that their rogue meanings no longer confuse and muddle religious debate. To begin with, here are the four key terms arranged on a graph with their opposites across from them. Now here are the terms defined. The horizontal axis concerns WHAT YOU BELIEVE: The vertical axis concerns WHAT YOU THINK WE CAN KNOW: So, to restate: These four labels can be very useful in describing the way we feel about gods. An atheist agnostic is someone who does not believe in gods and also thinks that the existence of gods cannot be known. A theist gnostic is someone who believes in a god/gods and thinks that the existence of gods can be known. Related:  Ateismo e religioni comparate

An atheist at Christmas Christmas is inevitably a rather problematic time for atheists. Does one sour the mood, somewhere between the turkey and the pudding, and overtly declare the entire festivity is built on the naivety and, if one's feeling particularly spiky, the blatant stupidity of one's ancestors? Or does one simply fill up the stocking, sing Away In A Manger and go with the occasion in a spirit of politeness? In this area, I wasn't reared for compromise. Christmas was a particular testbed of loyalties. Then, in my mid-20s, I underwent a crisis of faithlessness. It should be possible to remain a committed atheist and nevertheless find occasions such as Christmas useful, interesting and consoling – and be curious as to the possibilities of importing certain religious ideas into the secular realm. For an atheist to make friends with Christmas is likely to annoy partisans on both sides of the debate. I don't mind in the least. The rituals of Christmas reflect a deep understanding of our loneliness.

I Am An Atheist: Arguments Against Atheism As an atheist, you will occasionally meet a non-atheist who wishes to argue against your belief system. If you are interested in discussing the matter, you may want to prepare yourself by learning these simple responses to common anti-atheist arguments. The Bible says that atheism is wrong. "The Bible also says some guy's donkey talked." If you believe in God and are wrong, then it's no big deal, but if you don't believe in God and are wrong, you'll be punished eternally, so it's not a good idea to be an atheist. "What if you're wrong that God prefers unthinking self-righteous toadies to honest people who try and live a good life?" Deep down you really believe in God. "Deep down, you really don't believe that." You're only saying you're an atheist to rebel against authority. "And if the Beatles grew long hair to rebel against authority, then they really had no hair -- is that what you're saying?" You probably are an atheist because you had a bad experience as a child. Why are you mad at God?

Difference Between Islam and Buddhism | Difference Between | Islam vs Buddhism Islam vs Buddhism When it comes to some of the major religions in the world, a lot of people are skeptical, or even fearful of something that they do not know a lot about. Here, we will try to do away with some of the most common misconceptions regarding the two most common religions in the world: Islam and Buddhism. First, let’s take a look at what Islam, as a religion, is all about. It’s based on the religious book Qur’an, and the literal meaning of the name is ‘submission to God’. Based on the teachings of Islam as a religion, there are five duties which Muslims must practice within the community ‘“ and this is what Islamic Law revolves around. What about Buddhism? Next, let’s take a look at the distinct differences between the two religions. Buddhism does not focus too much on good and evil ‘“ while Islam considers Allah to be the creator of the universe, as well as being the source of all that is good and evil. Summary: 1. 2. 3. : If you like this article or our site.

Atheism About Atheism [ Index ] Various introductions to atheism, including its definition; its relationship to agnosticism, theism, and noncognitivism; and its value. Arguments for Atheism [ Index ] In this section, "arguments for atheism" means "arguments for the nonexistence of God." Atheism, Theism, and the Burden of Proof [ Index ] Debates [ Index ] Links to transcripts or reviews of debates specifically about atheism (as opposed to debates about Christianity, Islam, creation/evolution, etc.). Media & Reviews [ Index ] Books, magazines, movies, and book reviews having to do with atheism. Morality and Atheism [ Index ] This page addresses the relationship between morality and atheism, especially in the following four areas: (1) on average, are atheists as moral as theists? Outreach [ Index ] Links to various articles which discuss whether atheists should engage in outreach and, if so, how they may do so effectively. Recommended Sites [ Index ] Jeffery Jay Lowder maintains this page.

World religions Menu Sponsored link. Symbols of some of the largest religions in the world: The symbols of fourteen religions are shown. Clockwise from the North Pole, they are: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Wicca and some other Neopagan religions, Zoroastrianism, and Druidism. This graphic was donated to us along with the copyright. A menu with links to non-theistic beliefs, ethical groups,philosophies, spiritual paths, etc is located elsewhere on this site. Approximate religious membership as a percentage of the world population: Introductory thoughts: Disclaimer: Information for these essays was extracted from reliable sources, and believed to be accurate and reasonably unbiased. If you find any errors here, please report them so that we can list them on our errata page and correct our essays. World religions: There are many, long established, major world religions, each with over three million followers. Neopagan religious faiths:

Some paradoxes - an anthology The major world religions The information provided below is intended to provide a short introduction to the major world religions as defined classically. Each description has been kept very short so that it is easy to read straight through all of them and get a general impression of the diversity of spiritual paths humanity takes to live the kind of life God wants. As a result, a great many things have been omitted. No omissions are intentional and readers are encouraged to consult other resources on the web as well as books for more in-depth information. For an excellent introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Christianity, and Judaism, Huston Smith's "The World's Religions" is highly recommended. The origins of Hinduism can be traced to the Indus Valley civilization sometime between 4000 and 2500 BCE. Hindus follow a strict caste system which determines the standing of each person. If you are looking for information on "OM" you can find it here. More Resources on Hinduism More Resources on Shinto

History of the Ancient Aryans Iran is the ancient name of Persia, and it is derived from the root "Arya" or Aryan, the Indo-European branch of peoples who settled in that land. The Aryans of ancient Iran were Mazdayasni Zarathushtris, ie. Worshippers of Ahura Mazda (the name of God in Avestan) as revealed by the ancient prophet Zarathushtra, thousands of years before Christ. However, all the ancient Zoroastrian scriptures speak of an earlier homeland from where our people came, the lost "Airyane Vaejahi" or seedland of the Aryans. Sanskrit, Latin, Avestan are all sister languages, and the present day upper Indian, Persian and European languages are related eg. The "Vendidad" is one of the ancient scriptures of the Zoroastrians, actually called the "Vi-daevo-dat" or the law to fight against evil. Mr. The Aryans migrated from the ancient home to Iran and from there to India and Greece and Europe. The ancient Aryans believed that the world as created by Ahura Mazda was perfect, with no evil. So, what about the time?

Welcome to the Possibilium List of Catholic Heresies and Human Traditions ADOPTED and PERPETUATED by the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE COURSE OF 1600 YEARS (Compiled by Rev. Stephen L. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Notice: These dates are in many cases approximate. And doctrine to be true must conform to the Word of God. At the Reformation in the 16th Century these heresies were repudiated as having no part in the Religion of Jesus as taught in the New Testament. What will be the next invention? Note: Cardinal Newman, in his book, “The Development of the Christian Religion,” admits that ... HERESIES are those doctrines and practices which are contrary to the Bible. The real heretics therefore, are the Roman Catholics and the true orthodox are the Evangelical Christians. BRETHREN! Tract# B-305 Order From: - Your Guide To The Gods Cult Help and Information