Smith on agnosticism
Atheism: The Case Against God George H. Smith argues that all
agnosticism is a form of atheism (defined here as “lacking a belief in a
deity”). His argument against agnostic theism is that it is
contradictory to state that a being is inherently or currently
unknowable, and yet positively assert a belief in its existence. His
argument goes:”One cannot possibly know that something exists without some knowledge of what it is that exists.”If
it is declared unknowable, the concept of “god” becomes meaningless.
The agnostic theist’s statement of belief therefore becomes equivalent
to “a blark exists.”This
unspecified belief (“I believe in ‘something'”) is equivalent to
nonbelief (“I am not convinced by any particular religious claim”).
Therefore the so-called agnostic theist is in fact an atheist (by being
unable to assert a positive belief in any specific deity).It ensues that all agnosticism is a form of atheism.If
the agnostic theist still wishes to believe, he must ascribe attributes
of some sort to the belief. However, they would then be claiming some
knowledge of their deity and are therefore no longer agnostics but are
theists instead.Smith concisely describes the paradox on pg 44:To
posit the existence of something which, by its nature, cannot be known
to man is to submerge oneself in hopeless contradictions. […] When one
claims that something is unknowable, can one produce knowledge in
support of this claim? If one cannot, one’s assertion is arbitrary and
utterly without merit. If one can, one has accomplished the impossible:
one has knowledge of the unknowable. […] The theist who is called upon
to explain the content of his belief – and who then introduces the
“unknowable” as a supposed characteristic of the concept itself – is
saying, in effect: “I will explain the concept of god by pointing out
that it cannot be explained.”Agnosticism is a double talk Victorian farce that dupes the lazy thinking gullible. It is a joke not a position.
All Christianity is manmade fables. Including the great flood.
Killing for Islam.
Christian hate groups.
Christians burn witches!
Chinese brother of Jesus causes 20 million deaths.
Jesus causes mass murder in Canada’s north.
Cowardly dishonest agnostics are allies of religion.
Biblical astronomy is absurd.