Atheism and agnosticism are *not* mutually exclusive.<quoted text>
I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. Are you suggesting that there are atheists that do accept the possibility of the existence of some particular gods? That would seem to contradict the definition of atheism. "One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods." American Heritage Dictionary
If you don't deny any possible existence of a higher power I don't think you can legitimately call yourself an atheist.(Youre more of an agnostic.)
I said agnosticism is the only rational position.
I also said, I have assigned a probability to all the gods that I am aware of, and this probability leans toward 'atheism' in varying degrees.
I can not rationally assess a god I am not aware of. So I must concede 'maybe'.Also, you are correct; I do not believe that Zeus exists, but Zeus is only a human concept of a higher power in the same sense as Yahweh or the Father in Heaven. I don't think any human concept of a higher power is correct but I don't deny the possible existence of a higher power.
There was a time when I leaned toward 'probably' but only slightly.
Then I asked my self why I did. I had no rational answer other than residual indoctrination I endured in my youth.
I later realized;
Unless we clearly define what this hypothetical 'supernatural power' is, it is not rational for me to lean to either side of 'maybe' or 'maybe not'- or does v does not exist.
THEN as more years go by, and the lack of any evidence of *anything*'supernatural'- this completely rational and centered 'maybe' I had slowly shifted *slightly* to the side of 'maybe not'- but is far from any certainty.
This was because of the utter lack of any evidence of anything 'supernatural'. After so many years, I would have *had* to have been exposed to *something* inexplicable.... but it never happened.
So a smidgen of doubt exists on this hypothetical unknown supernatural power. Again, is no where near the certainty I have for when I drop a ball it will fall to the ground.