Originally Posted by Dlux
Technically I am also an agnostic.
I don't see how one can claim both. Saying you're agnostic and atheistic is the same as claim to be [input_religion] and agnostic. You either have faith that one unverifiable belief is correct or you choose to only believe in what you know.
One is to help reclaim the word and give it proper meaning (A-theistic)...
To be clear, having a belief system does not mean you have a religious belief system. All religions are a belief system but not all belief systems are religious. This is why atheism is a belief system and not
So rather than simply use the neutral 'agnostic'...
I see nothing politically neutral or fence sitting about being agnostic. Are scientists being neutral when don't have an answer to a question? Imposing your feelings and desired outcome as fact is not science.
Do I have proof that any of an infinite number of supernatural claims are indeed untrue? No I do not. But neither should I have to. The burden of proof is upon those making supernatural claims, not those ignoring them.
It is in no way the burden of anyone who believes in a religion to provide you or anyone else with proof. I certainly don't require you to offer proof to maintain your beliefs but if you claim that there is no god and try to present this as fact as opposed to simply stating this is what you believe to be true you put the burden of truth on yourself. Clearly you cannot present such a truth but you still believe it. That is faith.
People are certainly free to believe whatever they want, but I am under no obligation to support them. And indeed if those beliefs have negative consequences on others, I will criticize them, as should anyone else who wishes for human progress.
There is a difference between supporting the freedom of belief and letting someone else's freedom impede your life, liberties and beliefs. Are you fine with politicians being religious? I disinterested with any religion on might hold and will judge the person on their deeds through as much empirical evidence as can be afforded to me.
PS: I believe
there is biological life on other planets. I am not talking little green men in flying saucers with ray guns, but the word in life in general. I have no way of proving this — just as others who believe there is no other life in the Universe — but based on the vast number of stars, known stars with planets, and many other factors the odds seem high enough that some form of biological life would have been started outside this world, at some time in the past present or future. I also have faith that the odds in the Lottery are so bad that I'll never win so I don't play. I also have faith I'll walk up tomorrow and have prepared myself for the new week. I can't prove any of these will be true but they are still part of my belief system along with a seemingly infinite other things.