How to Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Throughout human history, there have been people of faith, and people who do not believe in any supreme being. Problems occur when one side misunderstands the other. This article will help you avoid those problems.
Step 1 Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Understand what the terms theist, atheist, and agnostic mean. The theist believes in a god or gods while the atheist denies this belief and all others like it. An agnostic is one who believes that there is currently insufficient evidence to determine the existence of any deity. It is possible for one to be an agnostic theist if one believes that a god/gods exist but acknowledges an inability to prove it. Likewise, one can be an agnostic atheist if one believes that there is no god/gods but also acknowledges a lack of sufficient evidence. In a strict philosophical sense, some scholars would argue that we are all agnostics about everything (epistemology) because we can never truly know anything, including our own existence.
Step 2 Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Understand the difference between monotheism, polytheism, pantheism and omnism. Monotheists believe in only one God or divinity and reject any other form of deity. Polytheists believe in a set of many gods. Pantheists believe that everything in the universe is divine. Omnists (omnitheists) accept all gods and religions as equal. Of course, these statements may over-simplify for the sake of being concise.
Step 3 Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Notice that proponents of each ideology hold their beliefs strongly. Theists may view atheists as immoral because they do not believe in a god/gods, while atheists may view theists as deluded for believing in a god/gods. Both parties hold their beliefs strongly and necessarily make sacrifices by subscribing to one over the other. Understanding this intensity will lead to more productive and personable debate that will further human understanding and community.
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Step 4 Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Find a common ground. Notice that if you remove the supernatural elements of most religions, their moral code is very similar to that of atheists and other religions. Most ethical elements of many religions are agreeable to theists and atheists alike, e.g. the golden rule of Jesus: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or as Rabbi Hillel put it, “Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you.” Most people agree with such a statement, and recognizing this common ground provides a buffer for the emotional issues surrounding belief vs. disbelief.
Step 5 Understand the Difference Between Theism and Atheism
Study your “opponent”. Most atheists were once theists (or were raised in a theist tradition), but those who were not should consider the ideas of various forms of theism before discounting such ideas, and those who were raised as theists should study theist ideas with which they are unfamiliar. Many theists have been theists for their entire lives. Before satisfying debate can occur, both parties must understand their opponent by critically examining their ideas.
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