A previous post showed the varieties of belief and temperament that one could have as both a religious person and an atheist. This post looks at the flip side of that and considers some of the nuances that one could have independent of any religious practice or sense. Attitudes towards god or gods alone.
As before my terminology may be idiosyncratic, but it reflects distinctions that I think are useful. On the other hand they are not to be treated as categories that lie exclusive to one another. I inhabit many of these categories simultaneously.
Material pantheist – Someone who believes that God is simply another way of referring to the physical cosmos.
Passive Agnostic – Someone who doesn’t think about and couldn’t much care about the existence of God.
Agnostic – Someone who feels they do not have enough information to make a choice about belief in God.
Antignostic – (sometimes called ‘strong agnosticism’, or ‘positive agnosticism’) Someone who believes that there cannot be enough knowledge to determine if God exists or not. An antignostic differs from an agnostic because an agnostic feels that they don’t know (but others may), an antignostic believes it is impossible to know.
Ignostic – Someone who believes that that the very notion of God is meaningless, and therefore any talk of God is similarly devoid of meaning.
Polyatheist – Someone who believes that none of the Gods they are aware of, or have been told about, exist. But who reserves opinion on the possible existence of some kind of God, were a suitable definition to be proffered.
Non-theist – (sometimes a ‘weak atheist’) Someone who doesn’t believe in Gods.
Atheist – (sometimes called a ‘strong atheist’) Someone who believes there are no Gods. This is a subset of non-theism, because it implies an active belief in non-existence, rather than merely the default position of non-belief.
De Jure Atheist – Someone who believes that the idea of God is internally inconsistent, and therefore that it is impossible for any God to exist.
Post-theist – Someone who believes that the idea of God is a culturally primitive notion that modern society has outgrown.
Antitheist – Someone who believes that belief in God is detrimental to humanity or individual human quality of life.
Once again, if you can nuance these a bit, then I’d be grateful.