Terminology

Agnosticism: There are two types of agnosticism: hard and soft.

Soft agnostics are those who state that they themselves do not know if God exists.

Hard agnostics are those who state that it cannot be known whether God exists.

(American Nones : The Profile of the No Religion Population)

Atheism: There are two types of atheism: explicit and implicit.

Implicit atheism, sometimes referred to as weak atheism or negative atheism, is the absence of belief in God, without its specific rejection. Implicit atheists may not be familiar with the concept of God, they may be undecided, or indifferent.

Explicit atheism, sometimes referred to a strong atheism or positive atheism, is the explicit rejection of belief in God.

(George H. Smith’s, Atheism: The Case Against God)

Deism: The belief in a higher power, but not in a personal God.

(American Nones : The Profile of the No Religion Population)

Humanism: The belief that the spiritual and emotional needs of people can be satisfied without a religious faith or belief in God.

(Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)

Theism: The belief in a personal God.

(American Nones : The Profile of the No Religion Population)

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