Atheism Analogies

I’ve seen some decent atheism analogies like bald isn’t a hair color or not playing football isn’t a sport. I recently saw an interesting one on Twitter saying you’re either pregnant or you’re not. I really like this one because I can use it to better explain the agnostic viewpoint.

I guess we assume some couple had sex and there’s a question of it resulting in a pregnancy or not. Theism is the pregnancy belief and atheism is the not pregnant belief. This is a perfectly understandable state of being something compared to the lack of being something.

Agnosticism says our knowledge is limited. It’s the first day of a possible pregnancy and there’s no test available for it. In time, perhaps our knowledge can expand to really know what’s going on in there but right now we know nothing about the nature of a possible pregnancy. Theists would tell you they know the sex, hair color, and personality of the baby. Atheists deny a baby is there and anti-theists claim a baby isn’t possible.

Agnostics are coming from the viewpoint of saying we shouldn’t assume there’s a pregnancy at the present but we honestly don’t know. There could be something more going on than just the sex with the “big bang” (pun intended). Not knowing isn’t proof there is or isn’t a pregnancy so all we can really say is we don’t know.

We should be able to agree that our collective human knowledge is very young and very incomplete. There is most likely so much we don’t and can’t know about the universe and the specifics of our existence. Theism, atheism, and agnosticism say some different things about the mystery of existence and if anything supernatural could exist outside the natural universe. Even if there is something supernatural, it may not have any relationship with or cause for natural existence.

The theological “gnosis” would have us believe that the world is a conjurer’s house; the anti-theological “gnosis” talks as if it were a “dirt-pie” made by the two blind children, Law and Force. Agnosticism simply says that we know nothing of what may be beyond phenomena.

– Thomas Henry Huxley

My mind wanders to a different look at it. Let’s say Law and Force have sex. We’d have to assume they’re capable of producing offspring to question if the union of Law and Force results in a pregnancy. What that pregnancy creates might not be done growing into what it’s really supposed to be. We could still be in the early stages of pregnancy and the universe is forming into something else where we’re just some microbial anomaly growing inside the true offspring.

Is it possible the offspring of Law and Force is a God and our intellect is a small part of a greater intelligence? I have to admit it’s possible even though I think it’s unlikely. It’s more likely the offspring of Law and Force is just the messy universe we can see and observe where we’ve naturally grown. It’s the only thing we can see and test for at this point. Our knowledge is limited and it’s all we truly know.

2 thoughts on “Atheism Analogies

  1. Hi Jeff
    This was an interesting analogy. I think that this was a very good way of defining agnosticism. I have been doing a little research on different belief systems and I hope that I made made it very clear as indicated in my break down of it below here:
    To put it succinctly:
    The atheist says that there is no proof of God, therefore I don’t believe.
    The agnostic says that there is no proof nor disproof of God, so I don’t know.
    The Pantheist says God is in everything and everything is God.
    The Deist says that God created the Universe and left it to run itself by natural laws.
    The Protestant/Catholic theists say that there is a god and I have proof in scriptures, in the world around me and in my life.
    The Latter-day Saint theist says that there is a god, I have proof in scriptures, in the world around me and in my life and He has revealed Himself to us.
    I am continuing to research into how these different belief systems answer to certain questions that have troubled people throughout the ages. I look forward to your input.

  2. This is one of the better explanations of Agnosticism vs. Theism or Atheism. Most days I’m an atheist, but some days I admit to myself that I really don’t know for sure. Agnosticism is that state where I may hope there is something more, even against what reality presently tells me. Perhaps because it is natural to long for some purpose beyond simply “being,” then dying and “not being.”

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