Re: Why atheism beats agnosticism (Was: Re: Contacting God)

Erik Moeller (
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 19:40:32 +0200

>I don't think "athiest" is that strong a positive claim of non-existence,
>just a commitment to (1) that blind speculation is a waste of time and
>energy, and most theories of God are blind speculation, and (2) most of
>the theologically-defined properties attributed to God are inconsistent
>with themselves (like "omnipotence") and therefore impossible. I do
>not deny that there might possibly exist some entity that might satisfy
>some more reasonable speculations about God, but that doesn't prevent me
>from being a militant atheist. I use "atheist" as one who believes that
>belief in God is wrong, not that disbelief is necessary.

Although I agree with most of what you say, militant atheism does not fit
into the Extropian concept of maximized individual freedom. In this concept,
evereyone can be stupid and *those who _militantly_ try to prevent others
from being stupid* are considered as subversive elements. One of the many
reasons why I am a militant Anti-Extropian.

Erik Moeller