Since I am writing more specifically about Christianity again, it has come to light that for some readers that there are those who troll around these parts who are not Christian. We may be able to call some ex-Christian, but there are distinctive differences in the way that we all perceive matters of faith.
So as part of that exercise, I have devised a poll which comes directly from Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Below the poll are his given definitions for each number on the scale. Dawkins actually sees himself as a 6! I am reserving my response until we have others to start us off.
- Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C. G. Jung, “I do not believe, I know.”
- Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. 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.”
- Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. Technically agnostic but leaning towards theism. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.”
- Exactly 50 per cent. Completely impartial agnostic. “God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.”
- Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. Technically agnostic but leaning towards atheism. “I don’t know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.”
- 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.”
- Strong atheist. “I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung “knows” there is one.
Please leave your comments about why you chose the number you did. This, I think, will help not only our dialogue here, but will help me to know my audience better.