On 9/29/2013 6:24 PM, Jim Hollomon wrote:
> I was wondering if there has been any study to identify how many
> atheists claim to know with certainty that there is no god of any kind
> (hard atheism), versus how many just say that unless I am shown
> sufficient evidence, I will not *believe* there is a god (soft or
> agnostic atheism).
I don't think the question is that simple. I know that certain deities
do not exist -- for instance, I know there is no deity that makes an
apple appear in my hand every time I type "apple" -- but I know of no
compelling evidence for every other deity. So I'm a mix of hard and soft.
Soft atheism is not agnosticism. AFAIK, agnosticism claims the question
of any deity's existence itself is unanswerable, but the question of the
'apple deity' has been answered.
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