This is a very important topic and one that often goes misunderstood. So, let’s start with the basic definitions. This video is the best explanation I have so far found on the subject.
So, to be clear gnosticism is a sliding scale of certainty based on evidence and theism is a sliding scale based on belief. Where do you fall? Have you changed? I know I have. Let me explain…
Gnosticism is about the knowing and the certainty of knowledge. I don’t know anyone that claims to be a GNOSTIC ATHEIST and are “certain” there is no god. But, I lean that way. Why? Well, my belief in anything seems to lie in direct correlation to the evidence for it. So, while I could say I am agnostic about one eye one horned flying purple people eaters because I can’t prove they don’t exist, I think it’s reasonable to say that a lack of evidence for their existence is pretty good evidence for the contrary. And, since the amount of evidence for god is on about the same level… I pose the same logic. If this were not an amicable solution to non-proven things, then we would be agnostic to a myriad (millions) of made up stories.
At some point you have to draw the line. I don’t think it’s right to say you are agnostic or gnostic when all belief is built on a sliding scale. I am more “gnostic” for some things and less for others. It isn’t black and white. It’s based on verifiable, accepted, proven evidence and fact… not stories, irrational consensus, and tradition.
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