What does it mean to be a Theist, Deist or Atheist

 

theist-atheistI’m not sure if this is even necessary to point out anymore. But for the sake of context I need this for upcoming arguments.

Prerequisites:

  • Knowledge is a subset of the things one believe, the demarcation between which might be taken as whether a belief is justified and true. However, “justified” is subjective and “true” implies knowledge. Therefore, a common ground must be established between all debaters on what constitutes a justified belief. An example might be “I knowing something exists only if I see it” or “I accept knowing something doesn’t exist when the description of it is internally contradictory”.
  • Personal knowledge exists but is per definition personal and does not serve as an argument to other people. For instance, personal revelation from a god might be enough to justify the gods existence to the person that had the revelation only.

Notes:

  • Strong Atheism is sometimes referred to as “Capital A-atheism” or Gnostic Atheism.
  • Strong Atheism and Agnostic atheism are both in the category atheism.
  • Being an agnostic atheist does not mean there are specific gods or versions of god that the claimant can know to not exist. For instance an agnostic atheist can claim to know that Thor does not exist due to the preponderance of evidence backing up this knowledge.

Syntheism unexplained

syntheism

After watching Alexander Bards TEDx talk on “syntheism” I couldn’t shake the feeling having listened to a string of beautifully elegant non-sequiturs held together by the pure will of Alexander to fill already burdened words with even more baggage. I have to admit that it left me no wiser on the concepts he was trying to explain, yet it gave me an uneasy feeling that I was expected to find his conclusions very profound.

Maybe the whole thing is just incredibly meta and his talk is actually a representation of the void he described as a god, then getting it published on the internet is another god and, I guess, the pantheistic god sorta becomes the video as the video is a part of everything. I’m not making this to mock Alexander, but in all honesty to explain why it didn’t make sense, at least in any useful way. Then again, if the talk leads us towards this “perfect society” we all should be dreaming of, he can clearly and honestly claim to be a prophet of his very own four-deity, polytheistic religion, and as they say, that ain’t hay. ;)

Leave comments or discuss below. If you ask me to I might redo or clarify the graph. All steps are as usual numbered for ease of reference.