Is there a God ?

Asking an Agnostic Theist – Is there a God.

The Question “Is there a God?” is a frequently asked question and depending on who you ask you will get a different answer. An atheist will tell you the answer is no. A Christian will tell you the answer is yes and further add a string of assertions as well as give you a long list of details as to what God is. Some Christians share some similarities with Agnostic Theists due to the belief in the existence of a God. Christians may also state that they base their conclusion on faith and not on knowledge; this however is not the same as the answer that a pure Agnostic Theist might give.

Is there a God?

From an Agnostic Theism point of view, the question itself elicits other questions before it can be answered. What is God? What do you mean by God? The simplest answer is I don’t know if there is a God. If the word God is being used in an extremely broad sense of the word implying that God is not defined; God may be the universe as a whole, God may be one entity or many. An agnostic theist does not know or ever claim to know if there is a God; this however does not stop an Agnostic Theist from believing in the existence of a God or similar equivalent being.

Therefore an Agnostic Theist’s answer to the question Is there a God ? From a theistic and belief point of view; yes. Can the answer to this question be satisfied with only belief? It is actually one of those questions that can at present only be answered from a belief perspective. The reasoning behind this statement is based on the following:

Having not found something to be true does not make it false. Having not found something to be false does not make it true. Since there are no conclusive findings on a personal level it is impossible to ascertain from a knowledge perspective if God or a similar being exists.

From a belief perspective one can interpret a number of clues to lead them to the belief that such a being or God exists. It is important to maintain that this is not based on knowledge but rather on belief. Do you believe in God? Yes. Do you know if there is a God? No.

Agnostic Theists disagree on the answer to: Is there a God?

Basing an answer solely on belief and in the absence of knowledge allows for a multitude of interpretations. For this reason one Agnostic Theist may believe that God exists as a singular being. Another Agnostic theist may believe that there is more than one God. Furthermore an Agnostic Theist may believe that God per se does not exist but rather we all form part of one massive supernatural being. It is clear that each of us is made up of cells and parts; these parts form part of a greater whole, the individual. Beyond that each individual then forms part of a greater whole, the human race. The human race then forms part of a greater whole, for example animals as a whole. Earth in turn forms part of a greater whole. For some Agnostic Theists the ultimate greater whole is their interpretation of God or such an equivalent.

Each of the above arguments is plausible to an Agnostic Theist since neither is proved or disproved; the answer is unknown. An agnostic theist accepts that the answer is unknown but chooses to believe in the possibility of such a thing as God. An Agnostic Theist however is unlikely to argue with a differing belief since they have already accepted that the correct answer is unknown.

A personal point of view from one Agnostic Theist

It is important to note that the following is a personal interpretation and not necessarily the same point of view held by other Agnostic Theists; I provide it only to give some personal insight on the matter.

Is there a God ? I strongly believe that God or a similar being is truly unknown however I do believe that such a being exists. However I am averse to any particular belief system adopted by mankind. I believe that if such a being wishes to make itself known it would not be through fellow man but rather through our collective consciousness.

I have in fact accepted that I do not know God or a similar being and probably will not have such knowledge in my lifetime. I do not require an explanation or an interpretation of what God is. I am not in search of God or a similar being. I in fact do not seek the answer to such a question. I do not seek the word of God or some set guidelines as to the way I should live.

I do however believe that God or a similar being may have already established the base rules of existence. These may be the rules of physics, the rules of time, the rules of death and other natural laws of which we have some certainty. If there is some great architect of this universe it may be that we already have the rules that such a being wished us to have.

You can’t be an Agnostic Theist …

Agnostic Theism makes no sense

This is a common argument that as an Agnostic Theist I am faced with, predominantly by Atheists and even fellow Agnostics.

It is for this reason that I am writing this post to explain why it is irrefutably possible to be both an Agnostic and a theist. The best way to clarify this point is looking into each of the words separately and then seeing how they work together.

Agnostic – Agnosticism

Merriam Webster: a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god

Theist – Theism

Merriam Webster Theism: the belief that God exists or that many gods exist

Belief – Where Agnostic Theism gets complex

Merriam Webster Belief: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true.

Knowledge Vs Belief

Merriam Webster Knowledge: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education

Agnostic Theism is contradictory

What I will say next will probably sound a little off at first but hear me out. Agnosticism in and of itself pertains to the knowledge of God or Gods.

It is actually the definition of agnosticism that is somewhat flawed in this case; it is contradictory to confuse knowledge with belief. Agnosticism cannot be the knowledge and belief since knowledge and belief are two distinctly different things. I cannot know a thing and reasonably disbelieve it; this is true – however if I do not know a thing which is what agnosticism implies – then I am free to believe or disbelieve it.

Origin of the word Gnosis and its meaning

Gnosis is actually the Greek word for Knowledge; feel free to google translate to confirm this. It is therefore the bastardization of this word that is improper. This taken into account and going with the original and true meaning of Gnosis the root of Gnostic and Agnostic; one quickly finds that Agnosticism actually pertains to the knowledge part of things.

Once this is ascertained and accepted since it is indisputable it becomes easier to explain agnostic theism in the following way.

Agnostic Theism – I know I do not know but I still believe

An atheist for example has no certain knowledge that God does not exist; however an atheist believes that God does not exist. A theist on the other hand has no certain knowledge that God exists – yet chooses to believe in the existence of God.

The difference between a theist and an Agnostic Theist is that an Agnostic Theist is specifically professing and accepting that they have no real knowledge of the existence or lack of existence of God. A Gnostic Atheist and a Gnostic Theist profess to have made their decision based on knowledge.

Simply saying atheist or theist does not define if the person has reached their conclusions based on knowledge or the lack of it.

An agnostic theist is stating that they do not know. Adding agnostic is a way of explaining that the individual has no known knowledge on the subject.

It is due to this very reasoning that Agnostic Theism becomes irrefutable. Agnostic Theism is plausible, it is not truly contradictory because it makes two statements – One is about knowledge the other is about belief. Knowledge and belief are two different things.