Update –

… an update on the previous post, that is. Simen took issue with the way I arranged my second quadriform. He suggested it should look something like this:

Simen's quadriform

Simen correctly perceived that I was thinking of two continuums (continua?):

Certainty and uncertainty is one continuum, belief and lack of belief is another.

The shift from atheism to fundamentalism is an increase in belief; so is the shift from agnosticism to moderate theism.

The shift from agnosticism to atheism is an increase in certainty; so is the shift from moderate theism to fundamentalism.

It is the introduction of a second continuum that rescues us from binary opposition (atheist/theist) and opens up a range of complexity that is truer to human nature.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary P
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 02:01:30

    Adjusting the quadiform to express the concept with greater precision. It’s like finding the perfect word to express that thing you crave to say. I love these things! And of course, you can, if you choose, add more continua for even more nuanced exploration. A hexaform? An octoform?

    Lovely thinking tool.


  2. Paul
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 09:52:13

    Atheism doesn’t imply belief that there isn’t a god. It simply says that there is no evidence for this belief in god to be true. Most, if not all, atheists, if shown compelling evidence for the existence of god, would incorporate this belief into their world view. It’s quite different from theism.


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