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My point that the positive belief ("X" exists) must be demonstrated or else the negative belief ("X" doesn't exist) is the most intellectually valid is more to the crux of the issue.
(R) precisely the reason i'm an atheist. you obviously understand the logic involved, so why do you adhere to the agnostic's position? do you think the question of an ultimate creator (or creators) is so different from any other preposterous notion (such as the Sex-Goddess and her pleasure saucers)that we cannot apply the same logic? without any evidence for the positive, disbelief is the more philosophically and sound position.
(MB) I'm agnostic because I understand that the issues of belief in or existence of supernatural beings goes beyond questions about the God of the Bible. For me to declare myself to be an atheist, I would have to be able to state definitively that no such beings of any kind exist. Since the range of possibilities for such beings is essentially infinite, I can't make such a declaration. I can say that I am extremely doubtful of their existence to the point where I wouldn't give the
possibility much consideration. To some, that may be enough to be atheistic. To me, I must remain agnostic -- for now.
(R) i've always thought the agnostic was just a spineless atheist....;-) not quite willing follow the path of reason to its philosophical conclusion...
(MB) Actually, I'm agnostic because I *have* followed the reasoning all the way through. In any case, it's the conclusions one reaches that are important and not some arbitrary word that might be used to define them.