Re: Agnosticism and the Fear of Atheism (was re: Vital Essence)

From: Robert Wasley (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 14:09:54 MST

 E. Shaun Russell wrote:
> Upon reading some of the responses to Max's original post on God,
> arrogance and belief, it strikes me that there seems to be a sort of fear
> of commitment to the term "atheist." In my experience, many who call
> themselves agnostic and cringe at the word "atheist" have a deep rooted
> fear of possible repercussions from taking a firm stand on such a
> self-description

At first glance it appeared you were refering to my posts, but I guess not.
Nevertheless, I thought this is interesting as I have observed that people
have been very forth right about how they choose to label their position.

> Quibbling over semantics is not the real issue;

True, the question tends to be more subtle than others, but it is NOT
 Now, obviously you have made clear decisions on these questions and
that is fine. I believe this is the source of your lack of patience for this
thread. The same
goes with me when a topic does not hold my interest or I have gone beyond

Robert Wasley

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