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Atheist or theist

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4 points

I feel like you missed a few choices, can I say Agnosticism? Or Buddhism? How about Taoism?

I feel so limited.

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2 points

Let me see... missing 64.5% of the world population in this debate? (Atheism is 2.5% while Christians are 33%)^1 (read the page for how I got the 2.5%).

Also I agree with Wolfman, I feel so limited by these choices...

By the way, I am a freethinker.

^1 http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html

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Supported... the choice is atheist or theist if you want to narrow it down to a binary solution set, not atheist and one specific subset of theism... but arg!

No, you cannot say Agnosticism. That's not an alternative, it's just a descriptor you add to one of the others.

http://duelingdogma.blogspot.com/2010/04/agnostic-most-abused-word-in-english.html

(Pet peeve of mine)

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Rationalmind(7) Disputed
2 points

That isn't necessarily true. And no, you may not use a blog as a source of information -_-

Agnosticism in the true middle gorund sense is the belief that there is no evidence of the claims of theists or atheists. Neither can prove the other true with clear, rational, irrefutable evidence.

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Are you asking which we prefer? Or something entirely different? Maybe your asking who makes better donuts? Maybe your asking who killed more people? If so Mao Zedong was Atheist and he is responsible for 50-70 million deaths. Joseph Stalin was Atheist, he is responsible for 20+ million deaths. Adolf Hitler may or may not have been Atheist, he is responsible for about 11 million deaths.

Maybe your asking which is a cooler word? Atheisthm (screw the spelling) is like the funnest word to say ever. xD

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Not enough choices. Nor does it go into possible alternatives or sub-categories of faith.I am agnostic. In this world I can not rationally say that your god/deity doesn't exist. None of us can. there is no evidence of such. Just as you yourself cannot prove to me that your god/deity does exist. I stand on the middle ground and clearly state my view that there is no clear indisputable evidence that supports either claim.

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1 point

Sorry I have fixed my choices Atheist or Theist. Im trying to find out who believes in some sort of god or godess and who is an atheist.

Side: atheist
1 point

With the new edit in place... atheist.

Appeals to supernatural entities to explain things you don't understand is a pointless exercise. There is no reliable evidence they exist, claims made about them are inevitably unfalsifiable and thus of no informational value, and the primary motivation for doing it almost always seems to come down to "oh, and btw... this supernatural entity existing just happens to mean you don't have to die. Score!"

It's almost always just people avoiding dealing with the fact that they're mortal.

Side: atheist
1 point

Atheist.

I think it is a curious thing though that there are so few atheists in the world, yet apparently percentage wise so many more on debate sites...

Or maybe the majority of the religious choose simply not to have meaningful discussion on something they are basing their entire life on. Which would be odd.

Side: atheist
gcomeau(536) Disputed
1 point

It's a safe bet that "atheism" is significantly underreported considering the various strong negative incentives to identifying as such in a large percentage of the world.

Online anonymity frees people up a bit in that regard.

Edit: I didn't actually mean that as a "dispute".

Side: atheist
1 point

Atheist

For those who are saying that several categories were left out: Theist merely refers to believing in one or more gods and atheist refers to believing in no gods...all of you should fall into one of these two categories. Admittedly, this is a very simple question that isn't particularly revealing because both atheists and theists can be very diverse in their worldviews. The only possible third category is Strictly Agnostic, and almost all agnostics lean enough to one side or the other that they would be able to answer either theist or atheist. I consider myself an agnostic in the sense that certainty is impossible, but I still don't see any reason to believe in a god, which makes me an agnostic atheist. In summary, the three possible answers to this question are theist, atheist, and complete agnostic.

Side: atheist