An Early Atheist

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.

Triangulations

Early_AtheismSo, can you spot the 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?

 

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5 thoughts on “An Early Atheist

  1. Glad you liked my post.
    I personally don’t quibble over agnostic or atheist. I do have a few posts on that issue though:
    You may like:
    (1) Agnostic of Gutted Gods
    (2) A.K.A. Atheist

    Seriously, I could care about the label. We usually choose labels (like beliefs) not because of their truth value but because of the effects they have on ourselves or others. Oh, sorry, I waxed philosophical — but if you follow my blog, perhaps you know what I mean.

    • Hi Sabio,
      I like your blog because you’re a person who states your thoughts without being sanctimonious. I’ve been startled by the number of atheists I’ve encountered who are vehement non-believers, just as insistent on making everyone see the world their way as the Fundamentalist Christians that they hate. I personally don’t care what anyone else believes or doesn’t believe, but I don’t like it when people try to tell me what I do or don’t believe, or what I should or shouldn’t believe. You don’t do this, and I find that very refreshing!

  2. I think that, as in everything it seems, people want others on their side. In politics, if you aren’t a member of the (fill in the blank) Party, the person who is will try to convince you not only why you should be, but also why being a member of the party you are is a bad idea. Each of us has adhered to whatever because of something. That something is ours. Each of us knows what it is that we adhere to. YOU know that you are an agnostic just as strongly as I know I am a Christian. And in the end, there are things upon which we will agree and things upon which we won’t, just like we may not agree on which is better–Coke or Pepsi, or whether pairing a diet beverage with a double-meat sandwich makes a difference. That’s life, right?

    • Exactly! I don’t go through life expecting everyone to agree to me. Believe me, I have none of the answers when it comes to issues such as spirituality. I only know what feels right to me, and what I think may be true.

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