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From ChristopherSisk.com

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.


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Sep. 15th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
According to that scale, I fall between 5 and 7 depending on what the definitions are, too.

I kinda wish I had a better way of articulating to believers that the question of god isn't very important to me. I live my life under the assumption that I am mortal, have one life and have no answers besides those that human reason can give.

I mean IF there is a god, he/she/it is everything every religion has ever said it is and in that case is an asshole and so I don't care. Or is exactly like the other side of the religious spectrum and is some unknowable, transcendental, immanent type being and in that case, that being doesn't give a crap if I worship it, so I still don't care. But that sounds facetious and juvenile and there's a lot more to what I think than that, but it's hard getting through to believers that we are on completely different playing fields and not even playing the same game. Like, I tried explaining this to my uber-Catholic aunt and she was just like, "But what about hell?" And I just looked at her, because really, if I don't believe in god, wouldn't it then follow that I wouldn't believe in a god-powered judgement day/afterlife? But I rant on your journal, so I will stop.
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
My brother calls himself an apatheist, because he is apathetic about the existence of god. Not sure where that goes on the scale, though. :)
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Lol. Yeah, not sure where that fits either. I'm not apathetic, per se, I just don't think about the question of god till somebody who does gets in my space with their beliefs.
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
It depends on the definitions but overall, I'd say I'm a 6.5.
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