I’m a strong agnostic. I’m convinced that both atheists and theists are deluding themselves. I don’t think either atheists or theists know what the hell is really going on, and if one side happens to be right, it’s not because they’re thinking more clearly than the other side. It’s because they’re lucky. Indeed, I think that whichever side, in the end, is right, it will be for reasons neither side is offering right now! Think about that! We know so little about the universe just 350 intsy years after Newton, that the room for surprise is huge. Even monstrous and terrifying.
So what are you? Are you:
- a “strong atheist” or “strong theist” (rhetorically blunt and thoroughly convinced that you’re right);
- a “confidence atheist” or “confidence theist” (not 100% convinced, but nevertheless combative in your rhetoric and mockery of the other side); or
- a weak atheist, a weak theist, or an agnostic (counseling ongoing and respectful dialogue, but convinced that both strong atheists and strong theists are smug epistemic overreachers)?
Or perhaps something else? Is there a potential stance here that I’ve missed?