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Florida Atheists, Critical Thinkers & Skeptics. Message Board › How atheist are YOU? (Dawkins' quiz)

How atheist are YOU? (Dawkins' quiz)

Jean M.
JeanMarie
Clearwater, FL
Post #: 16


In Richard Dawkins Book “The God Delusion” , the author shows a scale from 1 to 7 on which we can rank our certainty [or lack there-of] of god’s existence.


1) Strong Theist or Deist. 100% probability of God. In the words of C. G. Jung, – ‘I do not believe, I know.’

2) Very High probability but short of 100%. De facto theist or Deist. – ‘I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.’

3) Higher than 50% but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning toward theism. ‘I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.’

4) Exactly 50% but not very high. Completely impartial agnostic. ‘God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.’

5) Lower than 50% but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning toward atheism. ‘I don’t know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be sceptical.’

6) Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’

7) Strong atheist. ‘I know there is no God with the same conviction as Jung ‘knows’ there is one.’
Jean M.
JeanMarie
Clearwater, FL
Post #: 17
I self-label as atheist,
although, technically, i am very slightly agnostic, only out of respect for the word "know", only out of respect for the burden of proof req'd to say it is a "fact" no gods exist.

Using Dawkins's scale of atheism, on 1 to 7,
I slide in at 6.9999999999,
same as Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, etc.
out of respect for the word "know".

Atheism/theism/deism, refer to what we think or believe.
Agnostic/gnostic refers to what we know.

I don't use the word "agnostic" in my own self-label, unless asked, because the word "agnostic" is commonly misunderstood in general usage. The word "agnostic" also has multiple meanings and tends to give wrong impression in common day to day speech, imo.

me, i self label as plain ol atheist....i'm a 6.99999999999999999,
but,
I feel like i am a solid 7 for the named gods, all of which i feel have been pretty much disproven...but, for "a" god,
a general god of some type,
i will rate myself as 6.99999999999999999999999999999999999999­999999999999999.
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