Personally, I would see the questioning individual as perhaps potentially an atheist but also potentially an agnostic. I personally do not see the term agnostic as meaning “a weak atheist.” I identify as an agnostic. I am not an atheist. I don’t see my viewpoint as weak or wishy-washy. I do believe that there are potentially powers that one might term deities in the Universe, although I am not religious. For me, identifying as an agnostic means that I keep an open mind to the various possibilities. I’m not sure when the term became co-opted to mean “weak atheist.”
I like the cartoon and I like the blog. I have a little frustration these days with the fact that when I identify my belief system, such as it is, I am admonished to “take a stand” and profess my true atheism, when I am not in fact an atheist.
I made this image after seeing this cartoon by David Hayward. You see, unlike one possible message in David’s drawing, I don’t think that people make up different stories about “God” because they are blindfolded as they grope some underlying divine reality. Instead, I think as they view the complicate world, they are just too tempted into quick, simple answers, or they are easily self-deceived or they are just uncomfortable with the unknown. Oh yeah, I left one possibility out: in the worst case scenarios, they are just manipulative bastards!
Sorry, watching a bit too much of Tim Minchin’s dark humor today — let’s blame him.
Anyway, this have been is my sad attempt at artistry, humor and a tad bit of philosophy. Maybe I should just leave those things to David and Tim. What do you think?