Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simple Chart of Belief & Non-Belief

It's simple but it makes sense.
Gnosticism, for our purposes, is the belief that there is an absolute knowledge, so that one can say definitely that something is or is not true. So, in this case, somebody on the far “gnostic” side of our graph would argue that the statement “There is a God” can be proven to be 100 per cent valid or invalid; somebody on the far “agnostic” side, would argue that the same statement can never be proven to any degree of accuracy because it’s impossible to know. ... Is this the definitive way of charting people’s religious positions? Of course not. But it provides a helpful mental image when trying to discuss people’s views. A “strong theist” – let’s say the Pope – will be found at the maximum poles of gnosticism and theism: there is absolutely a God. Whether it exists and can be known is completely beyond doubt. A “strong atheist” hangs around the maximums of gnosticism and atheism
The rest of the accompanying article is good also.


  1. Very interesting chart! I wonder whether it would be possible to design a question-and-answer test designed to pinpoint where abouts a responder fits onto the chart...

  2. The only reasonable point of view is to be an agnostic atheist.

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  4. If we can imagine God (or truth) any way we wish, then we are not bound to any theology, but once we admit that we are creating God (or truth) according to our understanding we cannot help but shift our concern from "who is God" or "what is truth" to "who am I". If we are to surrender to God (or truth) and at the same time recognize that this God (or truth) is only the God of our understanding and hence a partial picture at best. We cannot escape the suspicion that we are fooling ourselves.