September 15th, 2009


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In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins formulated a 7-point belief scale from 1 (total belief) to 7 (total non-belief). Here, I offer a set of 14 transparent 180 x 200 pixel PNG images – 7 images for light backgrounds and 7 for dark – for others to display on their blogs or websites.

The text on my images differs slightly from Dawkins’ but, I think, maintains the meaning.

1.Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists.
2.De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there.
3.Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.
4.Pure Agnostic: God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.
5.Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.
6.De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there.
7.Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God.

I tend to vary on the scale from 5 to 7 depending on the definition given for "god". Definitions for "god" differ by quite a bit so let's break it out.

5. I consider myself a weak atheist only in the case of a deist god, the kind who started the universe off and then has no further impact on the world. knowing this kind of god is impossible, and asserting any kind of probability for it is impossible, but I don't think it's necessary, so I remain skeptical.

6. If you don't specify the particular definition of god, and are being the most general, I'd come down in this category, but maybe a 6.5.

7. Now, if you start getting to what I consider to be wacky beliefs for god, the ones that are internally inconsistent, that defy all logic and evidence, for those, like the fundamentalist Christian god, I'd say I'l here: quite certain that beings that are genuine contradictions cannot exist... like an omnipotent god who can create something he can't move.