September 30, 2009

The Atheist Blogroll

It seems that I have been added to The Atheist Blogroll. You can see the blogroll in my left sidebar. The Atheist blogroll is a community building service provided free of charge to Atheist bloggers from around the world. I'm proud to be added. If you would like to join, you can visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts for more information.



Kvatch said... atheists! You get all the attention. Blogrolls, societies, support groups, Media coverage! But what about us agnostics, huh? We want equal time!

We want our 15 minutes damnit! ;-)

Mule Breath said...

Funny you should mention that...

A few days ago I was involved in a discussion in which one of the participants was adamant that she was agnostic, not atheist. As I feel the two terms share a definition, I challenged that thought and asked her to define what it was she saw as the difference. Her response, while interesting, failed to alter my position.

Agnosticism = absence of evidence to prove the existence of deities. Taken literally, the term means “without knowledge.”

Atheism = absence of belief in deities. Taken literally the term means “without belief.”

My question remains, how can one in good conscience believe in something for which there is no evidence?

jbrock said...

My question remains, how can one in good conscience believe in something for which there is no evidence?

A couple of possible answers occur to me:

(1) They might have no problem accepting some things as evidence that you wouldn't apply that label to--e.g., 'Father McMickeyslipper said so' or 'It's right there in Genesis, you God-hatin' SOB.'

(2) They might have spent some time lurking in the comment boxes on Pharyngula and thought 'Man, if getting on board with science and logic is gonna turn me into an asshole like [insert random user id], I'd rather be "deluded"'.

Now, I can see some fairly obvious problems with both these lines of ... whatever. Still, logic isn't necessarily a prerequisite for having a clear conscience.

(Just for the record, I'm frankly on the fence between belief and non-belief. Oddly enough, Dawkins et al didn't 'pull' me up there so much as a good number of my co-religionists and their allies (of convenience?) pushed me.)