Wild Olive Gentile

A former Christian's views and experiences

Glossary

Atheism – a lack of belief/absence of belief in a god or gods

Theism – a belief in a god or gods

Atheist – a person who does not believe in gods

An atheist lacks belief in gods. This does not mean they believe gods do not exist. It just means they do not actively hold the belief that gods exist.

Theist – a person who believes in a god or gods

Examples of theists are Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

Agnostic – a person who does not know if a god or gods exist

Gnostic atheist – a person who does not believe in gods and also claims to know that gods do not exist

Gnostic theist – a person who believes in a god/gods and also claims to know that a god/gods exist(s)

Agnostic atheist – a person who does not believe in gods, but also does not know if a god/gods exist(s)

Agnostic theist – a person who believes in a god/gods, but also does not know if a god/gods exist(s)

 

Agnostic atheist Gnostic atheist
“I don’t believe in gods, but I’m not sure if they exist or not.” “I don’t believe in gods. I know they don’t exist. No question about it.”
Agnostic theist Gnostic theist
“I believe in God, but I think it’s possible that he/she doesn’t exist.”

OR

“I believe in gods, but I think it’s possible that they don’t exist.”

“I believe in God. I know he/she exists.”

OR

“I believe in gods. I know they exist.”

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