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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2009/may/18/atheism-agnosticism-religion

The debate over who should call themselves 'agnostic' is muddled by imprecise and conflicting uses of the word itself

Disagreement over the definition of atheist and agnostic has cluttered up various threads here, scattering confusion in its wake like a muckspreader in autumn.

The cause of the confusion is that atheists and theists have different definitions of the words agnostic and atheist, and adamantly refuse to accept the validity of each other's definitions.

Here is a short form of the definitions from the two separate points of view.

Theist version: An atheist is certain there is no God, an agnostic is not certain.

Atheist version: An atheist believes there is no God, an agnostic doesn't know.

The two versions are only subtly different, but a great deal of hot air has been expended on this difference.

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