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Discussion 1 to Ask the Patriarch 151
Knowledge and Belief

by: Will Petillo

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Hmm, I don't think I worded my question very well. 

A better way of saying it might be as follows: does "agnostic" mean "not knowing if there is a Supreme Being" or "not believing or disbelieving in a Supreme Being"?  It seems as though the latter is not necessarily the case, because it is not--as far as I can tell--implied in the three articles of faith.

For one can not know if God exists and not rely on receiving a benefit for believing and yet still believe (the same is true for disbelief).  So then,

  1. Is this reasoning true?
  2. If true, is it intentional?
  3. If intentional, why?  I understand the sentiment about not having any interest in cross-examining every member, but it would be pretty easy to make this sort of distinction simply by adding
    (4) "We do not believe or disbelieve in the existence of a supreme being."
    to the articles. 

Whether this would actually be a good idea...probably not, especially as it might not be true for many people--and why be unnecssarily exclusive?  Still, I'm curious.