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#1
Can someone explain to me the difference between these. I looked them up on Wikipedia but they made it really confusing to me and I didn't quite understand it. Can someone dumb it down for me?
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#2
atheists deny the existence of god
agnostics dont believe in god but they dont deny the possibility
idk about nihlists
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i dont know what half those words mean
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#4
Atheism - Dont believe in any God or spiritual things

Agnostic - Dont believe we can know in this life so they are neutral

Never heard of nihilism
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never heard of a nihlist but google says its "someone who rejects all theories of morality or religious belief" Doesn't sound much different to atheism does it?
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Nihilism is making the statement that nothing that ever happens matters...like the world is and means nothing...
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nihilism has nothing to do with religion. It's the rejection of all established beliefs and also includes lots of materialism and self absorption.
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#9
Atheist = No God
Agnostic = We won't know until we're dead if there's a God
Nihilism = No God, no truth, nothing matters

Nihilism is more of a world view than a theistic view.
#10
Scared by how many people have never heard of nihilism.

Originally meant that the universe has no meaning/purpose. I think it's changed slightly.

And alright, I don't have a perfect definition but at least I've heard of it.
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no chubby, agnostics don't believe that you can know if there is a god on this earth.
#12
atheism is not believing in god and not being open to the posibility of gods existence.
agnosticism is not believing in god but being open to the posibility of a god.
idk about nihlism, all I know is that the sex pistols have been described as nihlists.
#13
So effectively...

Atheist = There is a god!

Agnostic = I don't know... I just don't know...

Nihilist = Go away. Just **** off.
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Atheism is denying the existnce of god, gods and the supernatural.

Agnosticism is saying that it is impossible to know wether god exists or not.

Nhilism is when you believe nothing has any value.

(Nihilism is the odd one out)
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#15
atheists don't believe in god
agnostics are people who are not convinced about the existance of a god
nihilists believe that human life is meaningless
#16
Atheism is the disbelief in any God or religion.

Agnosticism is the belief that God, the origin of life and the universe, and other such matters, are unknowable and debating over them is pointless.


Nihilism is the belief that concepts such as "value" or "pupose" are worthless, and that it is absurd to assign meaning to something.
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Atheism = no belief in any greater being
Agnosticism = believing there might be a God, but not being sure and specific
Nihilism = life has no purpose (not to be confused with Hedonism, where the purpose of life is pleasure seeking, although a Nihilist might seek pleasure because it feels good but not because it is the meaning of life, if you know what I mean - just giving you another option there, cos it's fun)
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Atheism - no god, we just happened
Agnostics - don't beleive in any organised religion, but cheerfuly hopeful (thats what i am)
Nihlism - you're born and then you die, and anything in between is a bonus
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They also believe in something unbelievably contradictory.
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Athiests do not belive in a religion, at all....

Agnostics are not sure of what religion they want to beleive in, if any at all

Nihilists do not put faith in anything, theistic or not
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They also believe in something unbelievably contradictory.



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#23
I thought that nihilism meant that you believe everything around you has been created by your own mind, and you are only aware of your exsistance, and your exsistance alone.

aparently im wrong (can someone tell me what im describing)

BTW:
Agnosticism=Unsure about god (maybe he's/she's/it's real, maybe he's/she's/it's not)
Atheism=No god
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#24
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So effectively...

Atheist = There is a god!


haha thats the opposite of right lol, did you even read the thread?
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I thought that nihilism meant that you believe everything around you has been created by your own mind, and you are only aware of your exsistance, and your exsistance alone.

aparently im wrong (can someone tell me what im describing)

BTW:
Agnosticism=Unsure about god (maybe he's/she's/it's real, maybe he's/she's/it's not)
Atheism=No god

Existentialism.
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I thought that nihilism meant that you believe everything around you has been created by your own mind, and you are only aware of your exsistance, and your exsistance alone.




Exestentialism

EDIT: beaten to it.
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Nihlism - you're born and then you die, and anything in between is a bonus


Haha I love the way you put that.


OK thanks guys, I have a better understanding of it now.
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Wow..uhm...so many mixed definitions here.

Atheism is the complete rejection of any higher being or power i.e God, Buddha, Christ..just any form of religion.

Agnostics are people who simply just don't have a set religion but don't doubt the existence of a higher being. Easily described as lethargic, which in lamens terms, means they don't really care.

Nihilist don't think any of the world matters. Nothing. Just do what you can while your alive and make the best of it. Regret nothing. It's more of a philosophy than a religion because you don't believe in anything. Makes this kind of an oxymoron due to the fact that it's a set religion with no beliefs. I guess people really are as dumb as they look.

That's about it. Really.
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Nihilist don't think any of the world matters. Nothing. Just do what you can while your alive and make the best of it. Regret nothing. It's more of a philosophy than a religion because you don't believe in anything. Makes this kind of an oxymoron due to the fact that it's a set religion with no beliefs. I guess people really are as dumb as they look.

That's about it. Really.


None of the three are a religion.
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Existentialism.


...it seems like believing that way would really suck! You couldn't be sure of anything, and you could be a big ass about it when someone tries to prove you wrong by saying "I'M JUST IMAGINING IT!"
#32
These are nihilists :P
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"agnostics are atheist without balls" i think i got that from the colbert report...
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You can't reject possibility of existance of anything, be it invisible pink unicorn, a theory that world was created by an intelligent teaspoon or god. No sane atheist would say "there is no god, I'm 100% sure", it just highly unprobable and very silly. Agnosticism and atheism are very similar, it's like hardcore and softcore porn

And yes, you have to own a ferret and be from Germany to be a nihilist.
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Agnostics are people who simply just don't have a set religion but don't doubt the existence of a higher being. Easily described as lethargic, which in lamens terms, means they don't really care.



What about people who do care to believe in a higher power, having a sense of "religious" spirituality... but with the absence of faith in the teachings of "organized" religion? Is that the same thing as Agnostic or something different?

I always thought agnostics just "don't know", not necessarily do the not care, but I certainly could be wrong.
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What about people who do care to believe in a higher power, having a sense of "religious" spirituality... but with the absence of faith in the teachings of "organized" religion? Is that the same thing as Agnostic or something different?

I always thought agnostics just "don't know", not necessarily do the not care, but I certainly could be wrong.

If you believe in a higher being, but not organised I guess that is paganism.
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. No sane atheist would say "there is no god, I'm 100% sure", it just highly unprobable and very silly.


That's just not true. I personally don't beleive in any organised religion because having been brought up in a fairy intelligent, logical, non-religious family, I can see that religions were invented either by governments to control the people, or by the people to make themselves happier. Either way if it makes someone feel happy with their life, fine, I don;t care, it's their life. But to say that no sane atheist isn't positive is just wrong, it's their beleif system, just like any christian would say 'there is a god, i'm 100% sure'. atheists beleive there is no god. a lot of people get atheism and agnosticism mixed up.
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The all fit under the class "liberal", and are essentially the same. Or at least thats what my manual says, but I don't doubt the code anyways. I really dont know where all these other definitions are coming from.
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If nihilists believe there's no truth value in anything doesn't that make them hypocrites?

They believe in a truth yet there's no truth.
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