Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(766)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Richard Dawkins:

Thank you for your brilliant appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” and your most wonderful and courageous book, “The God Delusion.” Just one thing though: you don't have to be a 6 or even a 6.9 on the atheism scale. You can be a hundred percent seven by distinguishing between atheism and agnosticism as explained by George H. Smith in his book “Atheism: the Case Against God.”

In brief, while agnostism is generally thought of as a third alternative to theism and atheism, it actually belongs in an entirely separate and distinct category, that of knowing. Just as atheism is the antithesis of theism in the category of belief, agnosticism is the antithesis of gnosticism in the category of knowledge. Therefore, I consider myself both an agnostic because I don't know whether there is or is not a supernatural being but a hundred percent atheist because I do not believe in a supernatural being.

Does this make sense? Do you buy it?

Thanks again for your amazing book!

Sincerely,

Linda Spaulding
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