More meaningless words
Also, I'm not against cheeky ambiguity in rhetoric. The Church of England pretty much ticks none of the boxes that makes it a cult, it would be wrong to describe it as a cult, but if - hypothetically - I was to describe it as such I would know exactly what I was doing by it.
Ah, labels. Any good scientific minded person is an agnostic, or agnostic atheist. In fact, I don't think i've ever met a thoughtful person who is a "full" atheist, what ever that would be. If I showed you proof god existed, you might not be happy, and you might even go out of your way to insure my proof is reallly really real proof, but you'd accept it and move on. That's true of every one i've ever met. "atheist" is just a convenient way of saying "look, i've lived for some 43 years, and seen pretty much 3 of the four corners of the world, watched men go into space, and under water and never found anything to convince me of the value of a god, the evidence for a god, or the reason to live for a god. So i'll go on existing as if there is no god, till you manage to find a way to prove otherwise, thanks".
I would like to read your essay though, you all generally write interesting essays.
Which makes it pretty redundant, unless your aim is to say "look how open minded I am! I'm an agnostic. I don't take a faith position as a Atheist!!" The fact that this is just pointless selective solipsism, since such people are rarely explicitly agnostic about Thor, or Carl Sagan's garage dwelling dragon, doesn't seem to occur to anyone.
Well, pretty much, yes. But I'm not the one out there trying to hammer people into small little label boxes. Usually, that's the other side doing that. heh.
Atheism is a weird world in general, cause it's the one stance in life you take as a position on your disbelief in something.