How (A)theist are you?

In Richard Dawkins Book “The God Delusion” , the author shows a scale from 1 to 7 on which we can rank our certainty [or lack there-of] of god’s existence.

  1. Strong Theist. 100% probability of God. In the words of C. G. Jung, – ‘I do not believe, I know.’
  2. Very High probability but short of 100%. De facto theist. – ‘I cannot know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.’
  3. Higher than 50% but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning toward theism. ‘I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.’
  4. Exactly 50% but not very high. Completely impartial agnostic. ‘God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.’
  5. Lower than 50% but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning toward atheism. ‘I don’t know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be sceptical.’
  6. Very low probability, but short of zero. De facto atheist. ‘I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.’
  7. Strong atheist. ‘I know there is no God with the same conviction as Jung ‘knows’ there is one.’

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  • P_k_narayanan

    The gradation of theistic/atheistic inclinations tabled above is deceptive subjectivism as it is in the case of belief itself: What empirical tool the evaluator has adopted to measure the stages of theism and atheism? Anybody can go to any extent when it is question of belief. Non-believers should not have stooped to this low: A theist is a theist, no ranks and grades. So long as theism prevails, atheism has to exist: An atheist is an atheist, no ranks and grades for atheism.

  • kumar pradeeksha

    എസ് ഐ അം ആന്‍ അതെഇസ്ട.ഹുമനിടി ഈസ്‌ മൈ പസ്സിഒന്‍.രെലിഗിഒന് ഒണ്‍ലി ഗിവ് വെരി ഷോര്‍ട്ട് ടൈം പീസ്‌ ലൈക്‌ എ ബത്തേരി രേച്ചര്‍ഗെ.ഇറ്റ്‌ ഈസ്‌ അബുസിനെസ്സ് നോ ആന്‍ഡ്‌ മാകെ ഹുഗെ പ്രോഫറ്റ്.ആന്‍ അതെഇസ്ട ആന്‍ഡ്‌ രറേനല്ലി തിങ്കിംഗ് പീപ്പിള്‍ നെവെര്‍ ഫിലെദ് ഇന്‍ തെഇര്‍ ലൈഫ്.