Agnosticism = fearful atheist?
Isn’t Agnosticism the fear of God by an athiest?
That’s a perplexing idea. I don’t believe in God, or a diety, but JUST IN CASE… I’m going to say that I can’t prove either way, so I don’t want to difinitively claim there is no god… hmmm…
Just my thought on Agnosticism.
Agnosticists believe that anything is possible… including erasing yourself with a pencil… just because they haven’t seen it done, doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
There are a number of ways one can be an agnostic without being a “fearful atheist.”
For example, an agnostic might believe that nothing supernatural can possibly exist, but that this statement is impossible to prove. Or an agnostic might believe that the supernatural might or might not exist, but that the two can never interact so there’s no way to make testable statements about the supernatural. Or an agnostic might think that the evidence for and against the existence of deities is roughly even. Or an agnostic might believe that the phrase “God exists” is undefined and therefore meaningless.
Then there are extreme agnostics who just refuse to say that they know anything with certainty. I find this impractical and, in practice, a bit annoying.