I think NDT thinks that theist, agnostic and atheist are on the same spectrum, where as they are two different spectra. You can be Gnostic or Agnostic, and Theist or Atheist.
This chart can help to understand:
So, by being agnostic you state that it cannot be known if god does or does not exist, and by being gnostic you state that it can be known.
So, I think what he's trying to say is that he isn't a gnostic atheist but that he's an agnostic atheist. The fact that he's not an activist atheist shouldn't have any effect on his belief on the existence of god, and on him being an atheist. He just doesn't want to be labeled as one because of the burden the word carries.
Everyone knows in europe that Italians are gypo scum, but for some reason there is some romantic notion about the country from outside, mostly from america that they are nice. They aren't.
Yes, I've been to Italia. They are dirty fucking hobos. You have to be italian to defend them, because no self respecting European would.
i dont think your meant to reply to them. The general consensus is that you either spit shit back at someone if they start going offensive down at you, or you ignore them. If they already dont like you, threating to not speak to them wont make a huge impact.
I know I started this thread with some sensationalist and incredibly simple content so this isn't doing me any favors but I really don't feel like I should have to throat clear about my understanding of other evils in the world before I can bash religion.
It's almost as bad as disstance pointing out that Christianity and Judaism also have done and continue to do shitty things every time I attacked Islam. (Was made even worse by his insinuation that I only picked on Islam because I was a racist)
Have you read the Qur'an? The parts I'm speaking about really have no room for misinterpretation.
/edit Unless you are taking a shot at Muslims that try to justify some of the shit in that book and not at my statement.
I'm taking a shot at Mizgor here.
My view on the "interpretation" issue is this: If a Jihadist claims they are a Muslim and motivated by Islam, then I am inclined to believe them. I don't really give a damn whether this is the correct interpretation or not, all that matters is it is their interpretation, and so they and Islam (or which ever superstitious garbage they believe in) should be treated with utmost contempt and sternest criticism.
Nor do I take seriously any talk about "nuanced" or "sophisticated" theology because the impact this has on the greater religious community is almost zero.
A man bought several acres of wasteland and, within a year had turned it into a thriving produce farm. The local priest stopped by and complimented the man on his progress. Then he added, "Wonderous things can surely happen when man and God work together." "Amen," said the man, "but you should've seen the place when God was running it alone."