As a fairly recent questioner of religion, I’ve really been enjoying Hemant Mehta’s (the Friendly Athiest) The Athiest Voice series. However, I kind of disagreed with his recent video “What’s the Deal with Agnosticism?”, in which he said that agnosticism wasn’t a solid middle ground but instead “it’s just wishy washy. Take a side.”
I identify as agnostic. While I think I get his point, the video left me feeling misunderstood.
So in the interest of being understood – here are some reasons I don’t currently identify as atheist:
1) I only recently left a certainty that I now believe is wrong; I’m hesitant to embrace another certainty. This may sound like wishy washiness, but it feels like caution.
2) I just left a very dogmatic religion. I’m not ready to be a dogmatic atheist. The atheists who debate against god’s existence are not the only ones, but they are the most visible. I just want to live and let live for awhile. Including letting myself live in the space of uncertainty
3) I feel like I don’t have enough evidence to be certain there is no ‘power’ or ‘force’ even though I feel fairly certain it can’t be the Christian God, or any sort of omnipotent all good being. (I identify as an agnostic seeker, so I’m still gathering evidence and considering this question). I just don’t feel certain there is nothing out there. There seems to be evidence both ways. I haven’t examined more than a fraction of it yet. If you have, great! I haven’t.
Basically what I’m saying is, I’m a new agnostic (atheist leaning), and there are plenty more like me, just beginning to question the religion of their childhood. Some agnostics might be wishy washy, but I feel that agnosticism is the best place for some of us.
I hope that atheists and theists alike can give people like me some space to think for ourselves and come to our own conclusions, in our own time and without having to worry about judgment from either side.