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April 20, 2011


Zeiss conquest

There is a clear distinction between an atheist and an agnostic. An atheist is someone who explicitly believe es that there is no god. He/she is sure of this fact. An agnostic is someone who is unclear or indecisive whether to believe in god or not.

Phineus E. Hawnswaggle.

Perhaps...you seem to have written daemon wrong, if daimon it is. (Or misspelled it?) However, that does not change the nature of the problem: Do we all have diamonds on our backs or not? And then, whatever happened to our daily bug-bears, religious ones or not?

Mark Vernon

My take on this is that Socrates was an agnostic in the sense that his enquiry into matters divine invariably left him perplexed, at least according to Plato. But he thought it was worth doing nonetheless: there is something crucial going on in our god-talk. So it's agnostic more as in not knowing about the gods, rather than suspecting the gods don't exist, à la Russell. He seems not even to have been sure about the nature of his daimon - perhaps the 'god' he was accused of importing at his trial. A good book on this is The Religion of Socrates by Mark L McPherran.

James Reading

Was Socrates an agnostic? He seemed pretty sure he was on a mission from God, at least according to Plato and Xenophon's account of him. Flourishing - eudaimonia - means serving the God within you.

Drew Byrne

Possibly...a problem arises where the agnostic is not sure he's not an atheist, and the atheist can't prove he's not an agnostic. They're in a pretty pickle there – as then they probably don't know what to believe in!

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