7 thoughts on “Do theists know how to differentiate between atheism, pantheism and agnosticism?

  1. Yes,
    Most do.

    I can honestly say though i dont know what pantheism is.

  2. Since ther are only two kinds of people. The born-again man and the unregenerated man. What wrapping you choose to clothe your outward self with is immaterial.

  3. The majority that I’ve interacted with do not – they tend to appeal to the authority of Albert Einstein in favor for Christianity despite his arguments against it. I also hear about how agnosticism IS atheism packaged with a different name to appeal to theists. They’ll also argue that atheism is a positive statement about the negative evidence of God’s existence.

  4. 1. Theism is the belief in a god or gods.

    2. Atheism is the lack of belief in a god or gods. Nothing more. Nothing less. Some atheists claim there is no god. Some just aren’t convinced there is a god, but are open to persuasion.

    3. Pantheism is the belief in a god or gods, but the deities are associated with nature. This belief arguably reduces religion to a triviality because gods could only work within a natural universe.

    4. “Agnosticism” is a term coined by Thomas Huxley in 1869. “When I reached intellectual maturity,” reports Huxley, “and began to ask myself whether I was an atheist, a theist, or a pantheist…I found that the more I learned and reflected, the less ready I was to answer.”

    The term “agnostic” literally means without knowledge. Hence, agnostics claim that the existence of a god or gods is ultimately unknowable. This distinguishes it from theism, pantheism and atheism because the former all talk about belief while the latter talks about knowing as fact. As a result, overlap occurs. There are agnostic theists (such as the Jewish philosopher Maimonides), agnostic atheists, and agnostic pantheists.

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