I’m just gonna make this distinction one more time.
I believe there is not a god.
The placement of the word “not” before god, rather than believe, indicates that there is a belief against the existence of a god. In the same way that you might say “I believe my mother is not at the store.” You have strong evidence to support that she is at the doctor, possibly, which in turn serves as evidence that she is not at the store.
I do not believe there is a god.
By placing “not” before believe, instead of god, you indicate that there is an absence of belief, rather than a firm belief in the absence.
I had a huge drawn-out argument on Facebook about this very idea. This person could not get it through their thick head that agnostic is not some middle ground between theist and atheist, and furthermore couldn’t understand that any atheist with half a brain is an agnostic atheist. Very frustrating discussion.
I’ll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities, or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanized them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were a woman, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disemboweled them, hung them, burnt them alive. And you have the nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you.
I’m seeing this agnostic vs atheist shit again
For the last time!
Agnostic: no knowledge (of a god)
Atheist: no belief in a god
Knowledge and belief are two very different things. If you cannot understand this very simple difference, then quit saying stupid shit when you don’t know what you’re talking about.