Refer to this question: http://www.girlsaskguys.com/dating/q1682547-would-you-date-an-atheist
The conversation on Gommers opinion involves this distinction. It's one many people seem to be confused by.
Consider a ceratin belief, let's call it A.
Now you either posses that belief or you don't. If you lack belief A then you may posses the belief that A is false, or again you may lack that belief too.
Lacking the belief does not mean that you believe it to be false, or posses the belief that it's false.
Who understands this?
- I understand. Not believing A does not mean that I necessarily believe that A is false.70% (35)51% (26)60% (61)Vote
- I don't understand.10% (5)8% (4)9% (9)Vote
- I think I understand but disagree with the first poll option.8% (4)31% (16)20% (20)Vote
- See answers12% (6)10% (5)11% (11)Vote
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I understand but i prefer to identify as agnostic since its less likely people will get confused. To me identifying as agnostic is like saying "I doubt there's a god but I don't know for sure and am open to the possibility"
-Some people who identify as atheist believe/claim to know that god is false/doesn't exist
-Other atheists are like what you described, they lack belief in god, but they don't believe/claim to know for a fact that he doesn't exist.
Unfortunately if you identify as an atheist many will assume you're the first type.3
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