atheism versus agnosticism
The agnostic does not believe in God, but allows for the possibility of changing her/his mind. The agnostic sees no reason to believe in God at the present time. He/she sees no persuasive, let alone compelling, evidence of God’s existence. As well, a compellling argument has not been heard (yet) in support of the existence of God. If, such arguments and/or evidence arises, the agnostic is free to change her/his mind, and embrace faith and belief in a creator God.
Not so with the atheist. The atheist of today is of the view that it is not even possible for a “God” to exist. It is not a question of lack of faith or skepticism. It is a deeply held (and clung to) fixed position that God simply cannot even exist. It is not even possible that God could exist.
Given the readers on some of the tag pages this essay is going out to, it does need to be said that that position – that it is not possible for God to exist – is not only not scientific, but is anti-scientific. If God’s existence cannot be proved scientifically, it is equally true that God’s existence cannot be disproved by scientific means. Appeals to logic do not disprove God’s existence. Nor do such appeals to reason or logic support the postulate that God cannot exist.
One can understand the position of the agnostic. Especially so, if she or he has struggled with their faith at some point in their adult life. But, it is difficult to understand the very rigid and close minded approach of the modern atheist.