Hold up there a sec. When I made the comment about Pluto, you said I was open minded. I said I didn't believe there was life, but that the ultimat proof wasn't in.<quoted text>
How about trying to copy/paste from a reputable, unbiased site instead of your little atheist site?
a : a disbelief in the existence of deity
b : the doctrine that there is no deity
a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable
one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god
Atheists have a firm non-belief in a god(s) in any way. They simply believe there is no such thing as a god(s).
Agnostics are more open-minded, they don't believe in a god(s), but they haven't ruled it out that there isn't one.
Again, quite different.
Isn't that basically Pat's stand? Nonbelief until/if there is proof? Things are seldom pure black or brightest white.
I would call myself atheist, pure and simple. Now, if a god ever shows him/her/itself to me I'll have to revise myself and will do so without hesitation. I honestly simply lack the belief that that scenario will ever happen.
I've gone to church and gone the whole nine yards on 'faith.' My faith withered from lack of nourishment, the answers I got to my questions were pure semantics and every gap was filled with the 'mysterious ways' jazz.
I didn't want to leave the church family, I liked the people but hypocrisy is not really my style. I felt they were doing the right things but that they didn't need all the mumbo jumbo to do it.
Ahhh well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it;0)