"I didn’t sit down and think, ‘How can I trick people into coming to church? To know more about Bar Church, you have to know more about its founder, Nate Stone. That changed quickly, though, when he was 25, and he found himself showing up at Eastlake Community Church in Bothell week after week, sitting alone in the back, and crying through most of the service.
’ I was thinking, ‘How can I create an environment where normal humans talk about human things, and feel comfortable doing it? Nate had cheated on a girl he was dating — not for the first time, either — and realized he didn’t like the person he’d become.
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But one thing is for sure: Along with the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans (many of whom believe in God), there has been a corresponding increase in the number of atheists.
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Sometimes said to be a reference to Paul's mention of the altar to "the Unknown God," but according to Huxley it was coined with reference to the early Church movement known as Gnosticism (see Gnostic). invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic,' ...
Some adults who describe themselves as atheists also say they believe in God or a universal spirit.
It is often defined as “the belief that God exists”, but here “belief” means “something believed”.
It refers to the propositional content of belief, not to the attitude or psychological state of believing.
Settling this issue, at least for the purposes of this entry, will set the stage for discussing an important distinction between global atheism and local atheism, which in turn will be helpful for distinguishing different forms of agnosticism.
Examination of an argument in support of a modest form of agnosticism will ensue, followed by discussion of three arguments for atheism and one argument against a more ambitious form of agnosticism.
In addition, three-quarters (74%) say that government aid to the poor does more good than harm.