Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Here's an academic study of non-religious attitudes that is in need of more responses from people who consider themselves "agnostics." The aim is:
In the present study, we are particularly interested in differences between believers and unbelievers in fundamental values and attitudes that underlie their differences on specific social issues. In addition, we are interested in the origins of unbelief. Few people are raised in explicit traditions of unbelief and hence must arrive at their positions through some sort of explicit decision. There are many accounts of religious conversion experiences and how it affects people's lives. There has been, however, little written on how people come to be unbelievers and how, or whether, their unbelief affects their daily lives with family, friends, or workmates.Since I am a militantly apathetic agnostic, I've heeded John Wilkins' call to respond to the survey, which was relatively painless.
But I have my doubts it will be of much real use. As someone recently noted, to some fundamentalists they were once "atheists" because they didn't go to church at least once a week (and didn't feel bad about it).
I suspect that most people who self-identify as agnostics have an idea that it means that they haven't committed to any particular god(s), which is far from my definition.
But, anyway, if you want to add to the survey ... even if you are one of those deluded atheists, doubters, sceptics etc., rather than a True AgnosticTM, please do so.
WTF was that last comment about?
Anyway, while I am functionally an atheist, though in reality more of an apatheist, I am curious and will take a look at it.
By the way, glad to know that my blog is still being read.
It's from a troll who visits assorted blogs and apparently copies and pastes long rants. He's apparently mentally ill, and I don't mean that figuratively.