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12 March 2012 @ 01:47 pm
Agnostic  
Agnostic: A person who stands in that uncomfortable space between fully committed believers and atheists and periodically gets hit with shrapnel from either side.
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 12th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
when i was growing up, my dad was very strongly agnostic. then i lost touch with him. when we got back in touch a year ago, i was somewhat, but not really, surprised to learn he'd gone whole hog atheist.
Tapatitapati on March 13th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)

I think of it all as a continuum and I don't think I'll slide all the way in that direction but I can see why some people would.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 13th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
i was well on my way to becoming agnostic right alongside bill when i discovered paganism - then a lightbulb went off inside my head, and 24 years later, here i am.
Christinekisekileia on March 13th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Can I be an agnostic and a (skeptical, uncertain) believer at the same time? Please? (I think this position is technically known as "agnostic theism".)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 13th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
we have some agnostic gwyddons and i've known/do know some agnostic generic-flavored pagans. i'm not quite sure exactly how that works, but ...
Tapatitapati on March 13th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
I can do a spell, for example, while acknowledging that I have no proof that it works and never will. Likewise, I can appreciate and even worship the Goddess and either She exists (cool) or if She doesn't I've still enjoyed the benefit of a form of worship that affirms the worth of all things feminine. And so on...
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on March 13th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
thank you.

i'm such a gwyddon that sometimes i forget it's possible to think like that.

:blush:
Tapatitapati on March 13th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)

I fall into that category more or less. Instead of belief or faith I prefer to term it "working theory" because that implies that I am always willing to adjust in light of new data. Technically agnosticism is a position that states the truth cannot be known (certainly not in this world, if there is some other maybe there). I think it is an honest position and helps keep me from ever wanting to legislate things I can't prove anyway. :)

I make an assessment as to whether time spent on any ritual provides a psychological benefit that justifies it without counting on some kind of "heavenly reward" or not. If not, I'm wasting my time entirely. If so, it's worth it.
Mari Adkins: snoopy laughingmariadkins on March 13th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
you just described how i feel about the equinoxes. LOLOLOL