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Doesn't sound very apathetic[edit]

The very last sentence of this article reads: "The premise for Apatheism is not that, if real, God would not be very important, but rather that since it is an absurd superstition, it is without essential import other than as a political and social reality." That sounds more like a strong opinion (God is a silly superstition) than apathy (a lack of care one way or another regarding whether God is a superstition or not) and doesn't seem to gel with the rest of the article. Edris Qarghah 17:57, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

I agree. I'm going to remove this sentence as uncited and possibly non-NPOV. Doctormatt 18:08, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
agreed i hope its gone --Gu3Miles (talk) 23:07, 2 January 2010 (UTC)

old comment[edit]

Many people have come up with "apatheism" independently, years before Mr. Rauch wrote his article. John Cooper, who wrote the Church Of Apatheism web page, came up with the word years before he wrote the page in August 2000. A glossary of secular terms on another site <> may have added "apatheism" as early as 1998. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 05:06, January 25, 2005 (UTC)

"no clear basis for this page is evident"[edit]

The article says:

There is also a web page with the title "The Church of Apatheism," but no clear basis for this page is evident.

What does the phrase "but no clear basis for this page is evident" mean? Does it mean "there is no evidence that such a church actually exists"? -- samuel katinsky ( 09:20, March 16, 2005 (UTC)

statement does not make sense[edit]

The sentence reads "Apathetic agnosticism claims that no amount of debate can prove or disprove the existence of one or more deities, and if one or more deities exist, they do not appear to be concerned about the fate of humans. Therefore, their existence has little to no impact on personal human affairs and should be of little theological interest." [5] The existence of god(s) should be of little theological interest? What then should be of theological interest...? This is nonsense.

How? Apollo The Logician (talk) 16:28, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Apathyism—contrast to Apatheism[edit]

Apathyism is a neologism and oxymoron meaning "The belief system based on a general uncaring attitude." I set up a Wikipedia page based on this defininition and preserved the old Apatheism page there just as I had found it. A more experienced Wikipedian decided to change Apathyism into a redirect to Apatheism, thus losing the preserved page. The way I read the Rauch article he was using Apatheism to mean a specific uncaring attitude about belief structures, which is far from Apathyism.

I'm a NUG Wikipedian. Since the new stub was not acceptable, I will include the discussion of of the difference between Apatheism and Apathyism with in the current article. I will do this as soon as I can learn enough to do it properly, i.e. table of contents, headers, indenting, etc.

In a phrase, "Remeber that Apatheism is not for the apathetic."

DrBobStirling 17:17, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Replied on user's Talk page. Mindspillage (spill yours?) 18:21, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I restored some of the content you removed and altered some of your additions. You've limited the scope of apatheism to "judging actions", thereby reducing a broad set of beliefs about metaphysics in general into one solely about morality. Also, I disagre with the claim that all apatheists come to the conclusion that a belief in gods is irrelevant as a consequence of the belief that the existence of gods is unprovable. I have therefore refactored your additions against the previous contents of the article to restore a more accurate representation of what, I at least, understand apatheism to be. Kelly Martin 20:30, Mar 28, 2005 (UTC)

I added the second link to the Rauch article, because the Atlantic Monthly site would not allow me to access the article without a paid subscription. "Let it be" is reprinted at the seminary site with Mr. Rauch's permission and in a format most users can easily access.

DrBobStirling 01:49, 29 Mar 2005 (UTC)

How much apathy is required to be an apatheist?[edit]

I have been an Apatheist for many years, well before I saw the word in print. I was raised an evangellical Christian, with a tolerant or apatheistic bias. I have been at many points on the scale of theisms, including a long stay at agnosticism. I am currently a practicing Roman Catholic. Throughout it all I have been and am still an Apatheist. This "attitude best described as 'apatheism'" in Mr. Rauch's words has served me well. It has kept me open to other ways of seeing the universe. However Apatheism is not intrinsically tied to, or "contrapositive to" any theistic stand.

If you wish to view the continuum of theistic belief from the far left of Atheism (100% disbelief in the existence of God) to the far right of any theism (100% belief in God), with the Agnostic position (0%) squarely in the middle. Apatheism is not on this scale at all. It would be 90 degrees to the theism axis and delimits a two dimensional plane for describing a person's position.

It is the Dominance vs. Submissive scale. At the top is the belief that I am 100% correct in my belief and you should believe the same way also. At the bottom is the belief that there is some 100% correct belief and I'm trying hard to find it and submit to it. Apatheism is the assertive middle position. The attitude that I have found my spot on the theism scale, and I will not submit to any attempt to dominate me away from that position, nor will I attempt to dominate you away from your position.

Mr Rauch, an atheist and an apatheist, supports this position when he writes, "And Agnostics? True most of them are apatheists, but most apatheists are not agnostics. Because--and this is an essential point--most apatheists are believers.", in the May 2003 Atlantic Monthly.

Mr. John Cooper also at least implies this relationship when he writes, "There is a common misconception that Apatheists don't care about anything. Apatheists might be interested - fascinated even - in all sorts of other questions of life and existence. General apathy is not necessarily an Apatheistic trait, but it admittedly provides a springboard for the 'leap of indifference'.", on his "The Church of Apatheism" web page.

This is one of the points I was trying to make with the "Apatheism vs. Apathyism" comment. Apatheism is an attitude about theisms, not a stand on the theistic scale.

I will attempt to cast this in a "neutral point of view" and expand the Apatheism stub to include this and the currently expressed point of view, but not until later. As a NUG I still have a lot of formatting to learn, but quoting from the earlier works of the Govenator of California, "I'll be back."

DrBobStirling 03:13, 29 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Your depiction of a scale atheism–agnosticism–theism betrays the regrettably widespread misunderstanding of the accepted meanings/definitions of atheism and agnosticism (in academia, that is). Agnosticism simply means the position that the existence of a god or gods is unknowable or unprovable, but an agnostic can still, at the same time, be either a theist (by believing in a god or gods nevertheless) or an atheist (by not believing in any god or gods). An atheist simply does not believe; he need not be particularly firm in his lack of belief, in fact he might be quite open to evidence in favour of the existence of a god or gods, just has not see any that could have swayed his position towards theist. An agnostic atheist, however, does not hold his breath for such evidence to turn up. If anything, the agnostic sort of atheist (as well as theist) is actually more dogmatic than the plain atheist, whose view implies, in principle, that he expects that evidence could possibly turn up that could change his opinion.
The apatheist, on the other hand, does not care either way, even if evidence did turn up that had the power to change his position. An apatheist, therefore, can be converted into a theist in principle – it just wouldn't change his behaviour if that proof were produced. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 23:26, 22 September 2011 (UTC)


This is really interesting for me. Till this very day I had never heard of Apatheism, but I’ve been one for many years now. My friends call me an N/A-ist. It started when in some application, asking for my religion, I wrote “N/A”. Having to explain about why I would write “n/a” as oppose to “no religion” or “atheist” or etc. I explained how existence and non-existence of god(s) is an irrelevant subject and how labels like religion are meaningless and hence not-applicable. This was almost yars ago. From then on, I was an N/A-ist!

To me n/a-ism is a state of mind. You can always be one, even if you convert from a believer to a non-believer and vice versa. I used to be borderline agnostic/atheist n/a-ist. More and more I’m leaning towards atheism, but I’m still an n/a-ist.

I especially liked the analogy given by DrBob – the xy plane analogy. --LogiPhi 06:26, 7 September 2005 (UTC)

A thanks, and a Clarification[edit]

As one of the first people to expand on this page, it's good to come back a year or two later and see it to have grown so well. Thanks to everyone helping in elucidating this somewhat tricky theological perception. However, Apatheism has nothing to do with proving, disproving, or having anything to say about Religion. Do not be confused, an Apatheist is only stating that the existance or lack of existance of God, aka: a being of infinite or greater ablity in one or more areas, is a qustion that is not one which can have any merit. Religion is still considered valid for many valid and profound reasons from: a persons desire to explore their own spirtuality, to a means of keeping those with less questioning minds from becoming a weight on society. Apatheism, in short, is apathetic to God and makes no claims on anything else. CSO ( 02:10, September 27, 2005 (UTC)


Just having been used by a columnist once, and appearing on a couple of internet pages doesn't make it a respectable term. The concept can easily be merged with either Apathetic agnosticism or Ignosticism. Or else, if discussion of the coinage of the term itself (apart from the concept it wishes to express) is deemed important enough, make it about the website explicitly. But I doubt that "" as a website passes our notability threshold. As a neologism, it could also be exported to wictionary. As far as I'm concerned, Apathetic agnosticism and Ignosticism can also be merged, since not caring about the question and not caring about the answer for most purposes seems to be pretty much the same. Come on, people, this is stub-creep, what's the use of spreading a discussion about a single topic over so many independent "articles"? dab () 11:06, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

The merge notice has been on this page since last November, so I think it's OK for me to suggest an alternative. If I'm reading the articles correctly, Ignosticism and Apatheism are distinct: the former says that the question, "Does God exist?" is philosophically meaningless and should therefore be ignored. The latter says that the question can be meaningfully asked, but the answer is unimportant as a practical matter and therefore a waste of time. The ignostic rejects the notion of God as incoherent; the apatheist says, "I understand what you mean when you're talking about God, but I don't care whether that idea represents something real or not."
However, apathetic agnosticism does seem very close to apatheism, and a merge between these two might be more successful. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 05:42, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Ambiguous definition[edit]

The article describes apatheism as "the position that God may exist but is of no real importance to one's daily life". However, "one" in "one's daily life" could refer the holder of the belief or people in general.

In other words, this description could mean either: a. the existence of god is of no importance to the believer b. the existance of god is of no importance to ANYONE

I follow the first defintion (I don't care about the existence of god), and I have labeled myself as an apatheist for quite a long time now. Viltris 09:06, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Subtle Difference[edit]

"Daily life" is different than life altogether. An apatheist could be saying that while ze believes in a god, and it plays no real importance in day to day life, it still may determine hir afterlife, lack thereof, etc.

In other words, "said deity isn't going to help you win the lottery or get an A on your test, but will send you in the right direction when you die." They may come around for the so-called "Apocalypse" or grant a Divine Intervention, but don't really care otherwise. "Day-to-day life" is a minor thing.

An Apatheistic Christian may believe in God, and that Jesus is the son of God, but since then, God's not made much of a difference in humanity. Agnostics say they don't know whether there is a god or not. Ignostics say it doesn't matter whether there is a god or not. Apatheists say they do or they don't believe there is a god, but that doesn't matter. It is a subtle difference, but noticable enough that they should not be merged. -Nie ( 22:30, June 12, 2006 (UTC)

Major Edit[edit]

I have replaced the rhetoric and pejorative "definition" on the article with a neutral definition.

Whether it is possible to be an apatheist is tangential to the definition of the term and is a debate topic that shouldn't be including in a neutral encyclopedia.

It is pejorative to claim that apatheists actually are, secretly, interested in gods and secretly believe in gods. It likens to the oft seen debate by theists that it is allegedly impossible to be an atheist and that those who claim to be atheists really do believe in a god (i.e. the one the theist happens to believe in). This is an offensive statement, just as it is offensive to post materials claiming that apatheists really do believe in gods and are interested in them.

Therefore, the previous material is inappropriate, offensive, and judgmental. The discussion belongs on debate forums, not on an encyclopedia.

An apatheist is a person who lacks belief in gods and who lacks interest in gods. Lacking belief does not meant the same thing as believing gods do not exist. I believe that the general usage of this term requires stating that the person lacks belief in gods, and is, therefore, a weak atheist. Having an active belief in gods contradicts lacking interest in gods, I believe.

I would agree to an edit that inserted the caveat that some apatheists do not consider themselves to be atheists. But, since many people misuse the term "atheist" in the more restrictive "positive atheist" sense, rather than its more proper broader sense of being "a person who lacks belief in god". However, I think have already covered that in my definition. KeithStump

This page is a joke —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:08, October 23, 2006 (UTC)

It is. Just because Austin Cline (a non-reliable source) defined it on his blog does not make it a notable term (I've had troubles with the guy, in far too many instances have I met people who were misinformed on the terminology of certain things, which was traced back to him several times, end of tangent). "Apatheism" is just ignosticism with a catchy title. I am not in a wiki-experienced enough position to suggest this article be deleted, or merged, but do something.GravityExNihilo 07:45, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

The problem with apatheists is that they just dont care... Emoscopes Talk 02:28, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Viable Neologism[edit]

The term was used by a notable author Jonathan Rauch in a respected and notable publication The Atlantic Monthly. It has also been used by other authors. It seems to have a relatively unique meaning. It is not a word or concept to be deleted. Richard Dates 21:47, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

How do you say, "I don't care"[edit]

This apatheism is far too philosophical. So what do you call someone who simply does not care whether there is a god.

If you ask a theist, "Does god exist?", he answers "yes". If you ask an atheist, he says "No". If you ask an agnostic, he says, "We can't possibly know?" But if you ask a whatever you call it, he answers, "Look what I got on sale at the mall today." Of course there are people (very much the opposite of agnostics) who answer, "I haven't figure it out yet." So what do you call them? [Note: My sister is a devout whogivesafigist. I'm the serious one. I'm an atheist.] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:24, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

I thought I was an apatheist, but after reading all this I don't want to think about it and I don't care one way or the other, so I guess I'm not one after all.Atomota (talk) 02:29, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
gnostic -lysdexia 09:58, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

American Dialect Society Definition[edit]

I first encountered this word here: "apatheist, someone believing that God or gods exist but are not of any use (7)." I would have thought they cared enough to get it "right" . . . any idea where they might have come up with that definition? It seems to clearly differentiate the "Apatheist" from the actual atheist, whereas this article does the opposite.

One more Apatheism[edit]

3 years ago I tried to describe my own beliefs and came up with: One must live ones life as if God's existence is irrelevant.

I tried to come up with a name for this and settled on: Apatheism: a combination of apathy and theism

After searching this term, I quickly realized that others had come up with this term years before I had, and with slightly different meanings.

With my definition that I applied to this term, whether it's: apathy and theism, apathy and atheism, apathy and agnostic (doesn't quite work on the combination) is really irrelevant because the belief in God is irrelevant, which fits any of these combinations. Personally I believe in a universal God, but not in any involvement of God in human affairs. I disagree with the comment that Apatheism is lack of belief in deities. Rather, I see it as the existence of god/gods is not meaningful for how we live our lives.

As far as being apathetic about everything, I see Apatheism as a dedication to defining our existence without reverting to some religious doctrine. It focuses the responsibility on the individual to redefine religious topics: good and evil, uses of power, etc. Some atheists may view this as the definition of atheism. My impression has been that a major focus of atheism is on the non-existence of God as opposed to how our live should be lived without a divine interpretation.

So much of this was stated in earlier discussions (I also like DrBob – the xy plane analogy), but people keep trying to force Apatheism into a religious belief which it is not.

Deloi 17:13, 18 October 2007 (UTC)

- I'm pretty much of the same view. And since this is really apathetic Agnostic-Deism or apathetic-deism, I['ve taken to calling it "ApaDeism".---Iconoclastithon (talk) 19:11, 19 November 2008 (UTC)


Apathetic theism or for that matter apathetic agnostic-theism is actually more a form of "Deism" is it not? I have found many Apatheists are of the same view as the poster above me. I am in agreement with her/him. I am Agnostic leaning towards Deism, but find the deistic god practially, emotionally, morally irrelevent. I know many will say, "oh but deism is a form of theism", but it really isn't. Deism is a belief category all it's own, it's not a form of Theism, Agnosticism, or Atheism{as it's detractors often claim whether the detractors are theisst or atheists}, it is a category all it's own and in a sense combies all the best aspects of Atheism, Agnosticism, and Theism, but is yet distict.

That beeing said. If someone is like myself and "suspects" there is a deistic prime mover/first cause based on rational arguments and the evidence and not contrary to it, yet feels no emtoional atatchment to said creator force and sees it's existence as "practically, morally, emotionally" irrelevent, and only relevent in terms of philosophy{if that much} than this artcile suggests that they are "Apatheists", but as I said, deism not beeing a subset of theism{at least anymore} would not "ApaDeist/Apadeism" be more accurate? Perhaps as a secondary subset of Apatheism in the apathetic agnostic sense, and as de-fault atheism. I know this sounds very convuluted and complex, but it really is a matter of intelelctual honesty and term correctness IMO, which is why I am expressing the idea. This pretty much describes me, however I am also simultaneously an Anti-theist{opposed to theism, faith, and religion- at least revealed religions anyhow}-and I have noticed this actually where alot of alledged, so-called, and self-professed "Apatheists" stand as well. So, I wonder if my suggestion should be taken seriously by the Raionalist community at large and perhaps discussed amongst us all and amongst so-called "Apatheists". Actually, perhaps it could be seen that "Apatheism" is apathetic agnostic atheism and "ApaDeism" is apathetic agnostic-deism{not theism}. Thoughts?--Iconoclastithon (talk) 19:23, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Learn how to spell. -lysdexia 09:58, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Apatheist userbox[edit]

Nuvola apps kweather.svg This user is an apatheist and believes there are more important things to worry about than whether or not God exists.

Just wanted to share. If you have any suggestions, please visit my talk page. TechBear 23:16, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

whether or not = whether or not whether -lysdexia 09:58, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

"Gods" in general rather than "God"[edit]

I changed the first two occurances of God to gods on the basis that atheism isn't necessarily specific to a particular god (ie: not limited to disbelief in Yahweh or whatever one wishes to call him). If this definition isn't actually carried across to apatheism then feel free to change it back. Antisora 10:59, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as stub, and the rating on other projects was brought up to Stub class. BetacommandBot 03:46, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

redirect from apathetic agnosticism[edit]

why does apathetic agnosticism redirect to this page? it's not the same. - (talk) 14:57, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

What happened to the article about the UCTAA???[edit]

It redirects HERE, instead. What the heck is Wikipedia 'pruning' my (lack of) religion for? Is it the editorial opinion of Wikipedia that the Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic is NOTHING except a description of this fashionable 'apatheism' neologism? Should Wikipedia similarly redirect Baptist and Methodist and Christian Science and Mormon and Catholic (and the other thousands of sects) to a single generic 'Christian' article? Hey, maybe then we can just redirect Islam and Hinduism and Christianity and the other top-level religions and all their subspecies into one generic 'Religion' topic. That'll save some space. This pruning and redirecting of topics is turning into a black hole that's devouring content at a frightful rate. Soon Wikipedia will be nothing but redirections to redirections. Like opening up the phone book to look for 'Clothing' and finding 'See Apparel', then going to 'Apparel' and seeing 'See Clothing'. I mean, sure the phone book is a lot thinner for not having to have any actual listings at all, but it's kind of useless as well. There's probably a name for such an information collapse, or maybe one needs to be coined. Storage is CHEAP, people! Quit pruning content! It's not as if you're going to print an affordable paper encyclopedia from this. Sorry about the rant. Pingnak (talk) 05:35, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Can't discover any evidence that the article existed, except for Uctaa, but probably it didn't meet the "Notability" and "Third-party reputable sources" guidelines (unlike Catholicism...). AnonMoos (talk) 01:15, 10 October 2008 (UTC)
There used to be more content here about 'Apathetic Agnosticism', and now there's not.
I mean, is this 'apagnostic' neologism really all that notable or reputable, or has some individual run with his favorite word and tried to index it into existence?
All in all, Google seems to do a better job when you want to find out about something than Wikipedia.
9 hits for 'apagnostic'
7030 hits for 'apathetic agnostic' in the greater web.
What's happened is someone has chosen a made-up word, like 'Frooblicious' and started redirecting Wikipedia links and articles to it.

Pingnak (talk) 06:56, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

The article was subject to an articles for deletion (AfD) discussion and the result was to redirect here. You can see the debate and reasoning here. The original article is still in the old page history (see [1]) which you could try and make into an article that will meet the concerns of the debate and meet Wikipedia's requirements (esp WP:ORG)—perhaps at Universal Church Triumphant of the Apathetic Agnostic. -- SiobhanHansa 15:44, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Sub-class of Atheism?[edit]

Couldn't this reasonably be linked to atheism? Since atheism is not selectively a belief that there is no god, it is also an absence of a belief in a god; simply put, anyone who does not actually have a belief in a god is an atheist. atheism (plural atheisms)

  1. Absence of, or rejection of, belief in the existence of God or gods.

apatheism (uncountable)

  1. Apathy towards the existence of a god; belief that the question of the existence of a god is unimportant.

Apatheism seems to essentially be a lack of belief, or reason to believe. I'm sure one could easily be an apatheist yet maybe have theistic leanings, but is it not very fundamentally linked to atheism? (talk) 06:33, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

That meaning is in the dictionary, but is somewhat controversial; the proper place to discuss the definition of atheism wouldn probably be Talk:Atheism (which, however, has the following disclaimer: "The definition of atheism has been repeatedly argued on this talk page. The current revision attempts to put forward all definitions without favoring any particular definition."). -- AnonMoos (talk) 08:00, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Nontheism, more precisely.Pontiff Greg Bard (talk) 08:23, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
It is indeed a subset of that definition of atheism (which we cover at atheism)—more precisely, I would say it's a subset of implicit atheism. I'm not sure if you are suggesting a change to the article, though? The article mentions atheism numerous times, referring to it as "Practical atheism". Mdwh (talk) 21:00, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
I disagree that apatheism is a sub-set of atheism. The comparison I have seen made is:
  • Theism - "I believe in God(s)."
  • "Weak" atheism - "I do not believe in God(s)."
  • "Strong" atheism - "I believe there is/are no God(s)."
  • Agnosticism - "I do not know whether to believe in God(s)."
  • Apatheism - "I believe I will have another cookie."
The distinction is that atheists are still taking a position, either nonexistence of belief or belief in nonexistence. An apatheist does not address the issue at all, and so does not take any position. TechBear (talk) 22:46, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
It all depends on which of the three definitions are used. Under the broadest "absense of belief" definition, implicit atheists are not taking a position, as opposed to explicit atheists who are taking a position (see atheism). Mdwh (talk) 10:41, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Apatheism should be viewed as more of an attitude than a certainty or belief. Apatheism generally boils down to not seeing any practical place for one's beliefs in the world. While you might personally observe your beliefs or live according to the values therein, you would have no interest in debating them, justifying them to others, involving them in politics, making everyday decisions based on these beliefs, etc. Say I believe in the existence of a deity. If I have never observed this deity intervening in this world, guiding my actions or decisions, or otherwise influencing this life in any manner what-so-ever, I would fail to see the significance of telling other people their beliefs are wrong, pursuing evangelicalism, attempting to outlaw practices my deity forbids, etc. Regardless of what we create in this mortal life, higher powers obviously don't care enough to drop in and say, "Hey, guys! You're doing it all wrong!" Why, then, do any of us waste our time trying to enforce their doctrines? (talk) 11:08, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

do not -> can not -lysdexia 09:58, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

New Format[edit]

I gave the page a new format and added some material. Please feel free to contribute and suggest new fun stuff. I hope its better. Ideas? Gu3Miles (talk) 00:26, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Regarding the part "Not In My Power"[edit]

Hello, people!

I red this article quickly and I noticed that the part with the title "Not In My Power" is not in a enciclopedian format (or at least, is far from what we can see in normal Wikipedia articles). In fact, it's almost like an apantheist justifying his friend's actions to a believer in a conversation rather someone describing the data in a 3º person point-of-view. I would recommend to someone that its interested on this to change that part in a way that the same information would be keept, but told in an encyclopedian way.

Thanks for your attention! Ass: User:Momergil (sorry: it was logged out but I didn't noticed...)

Now yes: Momergil (talk) 18:26, 26 September 2010 (UTC)


As Agnostic neutralism and Indifferentism are both currently close to being deleted and have/share Apetheism views (and are actually the same thing), I suggest they be added under the "Arguments of brands of apatheism" portion of the article. Would do it myself but am new and unfamiliar with formatting and properly worded needs. This would also help with the current un-encyclopedia nature of Indifference as it is currently written in the article.

I ended up adding them, anyway. DudelRok (talk) 13:41, 10 November 2010 (UTC)
If agnostic neutralism was deleted because its not a recognized (or even necessary) term, why would it be added to this article? I'm deleting it, because it's unnecessary as was discussed on the agnostic neutralism page. If you'd like to provide a rationale or explanation of why it should be recognized as a term, please do so. GManNickG (talk) 20:01, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Text cut from article[edit]

I cut the following text from the section on Agnostic Neutralism:

The agnostic neutralist may also argue that agnostic theism is the positive belief in god, while agnostic atheism is the negative or negation-of belief in god, and that since one can effectively have a "neutral" stance to belief itself, they must then be considered neither theist or atheist leaning, but rather neutral as they hold both "sides" equal in their potential to be true.

because the terms "agnostic theism" and "agnostic atheism" seem to be self contradictory, because being considered neither theist nor atheist seems to me pretty much the definition of agnostic to me, so both of these statements need to be clarified by somebody more familiar with this than me, and because the "holding both sides equal in their potential to be true" part is already present in the section. Eldamorie (talk) 14:20, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

I have deleted this section, as explained on the previous talk page section. Don't worry, the term doesn't make sense. But to clarify the general accepted ideas, there are two axises here:
* Theist - Does believe that a god exists
* Atheist - Doesn't believe god exists
* Positive atheist - Not only lacks a belief in god, but also holds the belief god doesn't exist.
* Negative atheist - Only lacks a belief in god, but doesn't necessarily believe god doesn't exist.
* Implicit atheist - Lacks a belief in god because of ignorance to the idea. (A baby, for example.) Is necessarily a negative atheist.
* Explicit atheist - Rejects a belief in god (knows about god but doesn't believe).
* Gnostic - Believes that "god exists" is knowable.
* Agnostic - Doesn't believe that "god exists" is knowable.
* Weak agnostic - Doesn't believe that "god exists" is knowable, but doesn't believe it can't be.
* Strong agnostic - Doesn't believe that "god exists" is knowable, and believes it can't be.
* Ignostic - Believes "god exists" is incoherent, so the claim has no truth value. (Some might argue this belongs under "atheism".)
* Apatheist - Disregard or apathy to their belief.

Note I disagree with the use of apatheism as anything but an agnostic term, but that's for a different discussion. GManNickG (talk) 20:21, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for being bolder than I. The reason I left the section was that based on what I saw on this talk page it seemed like agnostic neutralism used to have its own page that was merged here (although, Indifferentism still has its own page, which should probably be deleted now.) This article still needs a lot of work. It's not particularly encyclopedic yet, and since so many other articles seem to keep being incorporated here, it's becoming more of an issue. Eldamorie (talk) 21:15, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

With the current set up being "types of" rather than worded to imply an argument for, it is nothing more than an indifferent stand point and a "coined term" of sorts. While it is not something I particularly subscribe to, I felt it needed to be addressed. However, it might not meet Wiki's standards of importance due to being so new.
"Agnostic Neutralist" is basically "I don't know, and I wont to "pick a side" until I do know" so boils down to Indifferentism from my perspective, as stated earlier. Agnostic being "I don't know" with "Neutralist" being a pick to neither Theism or Atheism (belief or not-belief in God). They may or may not have a belief but publicly or otherwise they are claiming a middle ground; it is nothing more than an argument of word semantics by those who claim the position, really, in an effort to avoid being labeled as "apathetic." However, did not know where to make mention of or how to explain it, in all honesty. I still can not explain as it is hard to explain and rather confusing.
And this page (Apatheism) being pulled into other concepts is because most people don't acknowledge it as worthwhile and lump it and many forms of it as a form of Atheism. Until very recently, it was this way. But that is another story and me soapboxing. I will note that I as an apathetic (and Apatheist by consequence) I don't really care one way or the other, but feel this article needs quite a bit of work so poked at it. Oh, and the cookie quote needs to go. It is un-encyclopedic and hardly third person neutral.--DudelRok (talk) 14:50, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
I'd definitely agree with your take on the "cookie" line. I feel like most of this article could probably be cut (actually, the way I see it, this whole article would be better off under "Indifferentism" since apatheism seems to be used more or less exclusively by apatheists themselves while Indifferentism gets used by other groups as well) But I still don't buy that "Agnostic neutralist" gets a section - practically, if not "technically" agnosticism is the act of not picking a side between theism and atheism, which is distinct from indifferentism or apatheism which is stating that the distinction doesn't matter or not caring about it. To me that means that if there are reliable sources that use the term "agnostic neutral/ist/ism" then the content should probably go in the Agnosticism article (if it isn't there already).

Eldamorie (talk) 15:05, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Indifferentism is a form of apatheism, not the other way around. And the "Agnostic" portion of the phrase "Agnostic Neutralist" is nothing more than stating "One can not, or does not, know" which, in that case, "Neutralist" would be more appropriate?--DudelRok (talk) 16:43, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
The issue is that I haven't been able to find any sources thusfar that treat the terms that way. So far, all the sources I've found either treat Indifferentism as an item of Catholic doctrine, or use the term more or less interchangeably with Apatheism. I think one of the major issues with this article is that definitions are not consistent from source to source. I feel like the variance comes from the bias of the author: The Catholic Church has very specific teachings on this issue, where they lump all forms of irreligion (including secular humanism, etc) under the blanket title "Indifferentism." There seems to be a lot of conflict in the irreligious community over how to define all these terms. What we need is sources that help to codify these definitions. I wonder if a solution would be to focus the article more on this conflict... provided, once again, that sources are available.Eldamorie (talk) 17:54, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

DudelRok, your error lies with "and I wont pick a side until I do know". That's not how it works, you don't "chose" a side, you are on a side. You either believe in a god, or you don't, there is no in-between. If you do, you're a theist, if you don't, you're an atheist (a negative atheist). That's why "agnostic neutralist" is a meaningless term; there is no middle ground to stand on. GManNickG (talk) 20:39, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Not "Picking a Side" is actually a common Atheistic misconception as the entire thing is nothing more than a game of soccer. Most Apatheists are happy to be on the bench and don't care what's going on the field (or they find the entire game pointless/whatever/etc), the Theist and Atheist pick a side and go for the other goal. Those of Agnostic thinking on either team aren't sure why they are exactly there, of if they are necessarily playing for the "right team," but they have chosen. The "Agnostic Neutralist," however, is a random guy in the middle. They have no affiliation (or at least claim none), aren't kicking at the ball and, furthermore, have not decided which team is "right" but they are, certainly, on the field. I deem this, personally, as Apatheism in that they don't care who "philosophically wins." As much as those who claim the ism hold otherwise, they are generally apathetic.
I only argue for the term in that I do feel it is valid; while I do not think it should be its own page, it certainly is far from a "meaningless term." Especially considering "belief," in all its forms, is nothing more than a choice.
But, I suppose in this case, it is more of a philosophical stance and less religious one? (Philosophical Neutrality) Again, it might just be something not currently valued as important enough to be posted on Wikipedia. (Wikipedia:GNG) However, as it was there already, I thought the term needed to hold press as it was, at the very least, a coined term and claimed ideology used by many.--DudelRok (talk) 16:43, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Pardon my slow reply.
Mini-lesson: Here's how belief works: there exists a proposition X, which may be true or false. (And possibly additionally 'neither' and/or 'both', depending on the logical system you are working under. For most people, this is classical logic, so only exclusively either true or false). Then there exists a rational entity, like you or I, that holds beliefs. That is, we hold some propositions to be true. (Note that holding a proposition Y false is, under classical logic, the same as holding the proposition not-Y true.)
Now, in what ways can this entity hold a belief about X? There are only three possibilities here (again, in classical logic, which I will assume from this point forward): it either holds X to be true, holds X to be false, or doesn't hold any belief either way. (That is, it holds X to be true, holds not-X to be true, or neither.) We call someone who believes X to be true an "X-ist"; the opposite of an X-ist, etymologically, would be a-X-ist.
Note what has just been said; we have three categories:
[Believe X | No belief | Believe not-X ] (Possible belief categories)
And labeled one of them X-ist:
[Believe X | No belief | Believe not-X ] (To believe X is to be X-ist)
To not be an X-ist is to not fall under that category - and there are two possibilities here:
[Believe X | No belief | Believe not-X ] (To not believe X is to be an a-X-ist)
Observe: If you are not an X-ist, you are an a-X-ist (again, etymologically); logically, this means someone who either holds no belief or beliefs the contrary is an a-X-ist.
Replace the proposition X with there exists a god and you have theism and atheism: the belief in the existence of a god, or the lack of such a belief (which may further be split into lack of belief or belief of the contrary, which in turn may be split into further variations). Another implication is that it is impossible to be anything but a theist or atheist: to deny belonging to either of these categories would place them outside of this spectrum. So for someone to say "I'm agnostic" in reply to "do you believe in a god?" doesn't answer the question; they still either hold a belief in a god or they don't. Most agnostics are really atheists, but wish to avoid the connotations that the word carries.
Note that agnosticism and gnosticism do no fall under this spectrum anywhere; that would be an orthogonal axis. It is a common misconception to label the middle category as agnosticism, but agnosticism is with regards to the justification of belief, not what those beliefs are. Hopefully you can see now how agnostic neutralism makes no sense, as the existing terms are exhaustive.
Please take the time to read and understand the above. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them, but if you have a particular disagreement with my explanation above do not reply with anything but a clear and direct counter-argument to a specific, well-defined point above.
Thanks, hope that helps. GManNickG (talk) 08:31, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
"Most agnostics are really atheists, but wish to avoid the connotations that the word carries". Hmmm.. tricky one, that. Atheists are atheists, but I would say that most agnostics I have met are better classed as sceptics. They do not close the door totally on there being some 'engine' at work in the universe of which we know nothing (yet), but on the other hand do not accept the concept of the 'father' god that they were spoonfed as children. It's the 'apathy' bit that is the most difficult, it is hard to be truly apathetic about whether there is something greater than us at work, even though it doesn't appear to care or even know about us. It's human curiosity, in the same way that men keep themselves awake at night wondering about the big bang, even though it has no effect on our fleeting lives. Agnosticism is a philosophical stance applied to religion, i.e. accepting that the unknown is by definition unknown, and (claiming / accepting no claims of) special knowledge of it. Apatheism is like saying 'who cares about the big bang?' (talk) 01:11, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
No, actually, apatheism is like saying "who cares what happened before the big bang". DiogenesThaDogg (talk) 12:38, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Clarification? Boundaries of agnosticism and apatheism?[edit]

First question is a simpler one: for years I have called myself an "agnostic apatheist" but the article uses the term "apathetic agnosticism". Is one way of ordering the terms more technically correct than the other? Next, after reading the article, I became confused about the compatibility of the two terms. Are the two together really a refined subcategory? Or does stating "apatheism" alone imply "agnosticism", itself being a refined category of agnosticism? Or is there even some incompatibility of the two, as the article gave me the impression that an apatheist should not make an assertion as an agnostic would, profoundly declaring "We cannot know"? -- (talk) 16:04, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

Karl Marx Apatheism?[edit]

"But since for the socialist man the entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man through human labour, nothing but the emergence of nature for man, so he has the visible, irrefutable proof of his birth through himself, of his genesis. Since the real existence of man and nature has become evident in practice, through sense experience, because man has thus become evident for man as the being of nature, and nature for man as the being of man, the question about an alien being, about a being above nature and man – a question which implies the admission of the unreality of nature and of man – has become impossible in practice. Atheism, as the denial of this unreality, has no longer any meaning, for atheism is a negation of God, and postulates the existence of man through this negation; but socialism as socialism no longer stands in any need of such a mediation. It proceeds from the theoretically and practically sensuous consciousness of man and of nature as the essence. Socialism is man’s positive self-consciousness, no longer mediated through the abolition of religion, just as real life is man’s positive reality, no longer mediated through the abolition of private property, through communism. Communism is the position as the negation of the negation, and is hence the actual phase necessary for the next stage of historical development in the process of human emancipation and rehabilitation. Communism is the necessary form and the dynamic principle of the immediate future, but communism as such is not the goal of human development, the form of human society."-Karl Marx, Private Property and Communism Bolegash (talk) 16:30, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Active Exclusion[edit]

"The active exclusion argument states that religion has been the root cause of wars and cultural disputes for thousands of years, and therefore "religion" is still a very relevant issue within societies. However, since the existence of a god or gods can never be proven or disproven, society, culture, and science can and should progress without religion playing a role in intellectual pursuits and practical action. Including religion in dialogues and actions can result in suboptimal outcomes due to the inherent fractionalization between cultures that religions cause."

This is completely counter to the notion of apatheism. The whole point is that the world should not, nor should any behavior, change if god was proven or disproven. Thus, this "active exclusion argument" is exactly equivalent to suggesting that (religion = fractionalization) and (not religion = not fractionalization). Whence comes this inherent fractionalization? Perhaps when a society is under threat of annihilation or something less dramatic such as famine, just maybe the members of that society band together in multiple, opposing groups along common lines to fight over the remains? Maybe the symbol under which these members unite is completely arbitrary?

Maybe this section was poorly written and poorly planned. A future religion that teaches a lifestyle that is identical to the status quo and that there is to be no discrimination between believers and non believers. Is this religion necessarily fractionalizing? Is there any reason at all to think a completely irreligious society is a completely unified society? Is this section of this article necessary, relevant or even sensical? In a phrase, Are You Serious, Bro? DiogenesThaDogg (talk) 12:28, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Why do we have a Catholic opinion in "Types of apatheism: Indifference"?[edit]

"The Catholic Church ascribes indifferentism to all atheistic, materialistic, pantheistic, and agnostic philosophies, as well as pluralist religious philosophy, such as that espoused by Rousseau." I think we should either have a broader range of opinions (why there are any at all here, I don't understand), or none at all. What is the purpose of this entry? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:32, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

We have a Catholic opinion because "Indifferentism" as a thing is limited to RC theology. Other uses of the term aren't codified in the same way. Check out the main article. eldamorie (talk) 17:05, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

Is an apatheist an atheist?[edit]

Is apatheism = atheist who doesn't care about the topic or an agnostic who doesn't care about the topic? If latter, then please mention the word for atheists who doesn't care about the whole discussion on the topic of god. To be precise, what would you call a person who thinks that the concept of god is stupid and has no significance to their life? Aravind V R (talk) 19:30, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Original research[edit]

The definition section seems to be OR. Ditto "Common apatheistic arguments". Doug Weller talk 14:05, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Get rid of redirect to apatheism[edit]

apatheism is NOT the same as practical atheism. They are similar bur not the same.

"This definition of practical atheism focuses on the idea that one disregards belief in gods and the existence of gods in day-to-day living but doesn't necessarily reject the existence of gods when it comes to professed beliefs."

Note that it says "but doesn't necessarily reject the existence of gods when it comes to professed beliefs"

Apollo The Logician (talk) 09:02, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Reasons for Apatheism, expand tag[edit]

I have added the "expand section" tag under the Reasons for Apatheism. It felt very sparse. The Lack of interest section, for example, was a single sentence. I'm not really sure what else could be said about the lack of interest, outside of a personal opinion, but I think the section should have more content added to it if it should remain as part of the article, which I think that it should. Sawta (talk) 17:10, 3 January 2017 (UTC)