Bill,

Next question: What sort of agnostic is one?

--ED



"Strong agnosticism or positive agnosticism is the belief </wiki/Belief>
that it is impossible for humans </wiki/Human>  to know
</wiki/Knowledge>  whether or not any deities </wiki/Deity>  exist. It
is a broader view than weak agnosticism </wiki/Weak_agnosticism> , which
states that the existence or nonexistence of any deities is unknown but
not necessarily unknowable.

Strong agnosticism is usually justified on the epistemological
</wiki/Epistemology>  grounds that humans can only experience the
natural world and thus cannot know about anything which may exist
outside it, including deities. One criticism is that this justification
is only valid if deities are viewed as exclusively supernatural
</wiki/Supernatural>  beings, but to support such a view one must have
at least some knowledge of the nature of deities. The agnostic reply is,
as the natural world can be explained by science, the defining feature
of any deity must be supernatural.

Since strong agnosticism concerns knowledge and not necessarily belief
(depending on how "belief" and "knowledge" are defined), it may be
reconciled with theism </wiki/Theism>  (as in fideism </wiki/Fideism> )
or weak atheism </wiki/Weak_atheism>  (as in agnostic atheism
</wiki/Agnostic_atheism> ). However, it cannot be reconciled with strong
atheism </wiki/Strong_atheism> , as strong atheism makes a positive
assertion that God does not exist, without the possibility that God may
exist and just be unknowable.

The viewpoint has also been described in a semi-humorous fashion as
"militant agnosticism", with the tagline "I don't know, and you don't
either"."

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