My cousin says that an agnostic is just an atheist that is afraid to say so. I usually put the emphasis on the first syllable so it is like apolitical or asexual—unless I am in a group of fellow humanists/atheists/freethinkers, and then the sting is pretty much out of the word “atheist”, without any special emphasis.
In our local independent investigations group
it was once pointed out to me that skeptics just have a certain kind of curiosity—we are not CERTAIN that there are no UFOs, not CERTAIN that there are no ghosts; we’re curious as hell, but we just want a certain level of, or kind of, proof—and sometimes that seems to be under debate, too. (I can’t speak for the whole group, I’m just citing a conversation that took place.) Anyway, I was surprised when one person said he’d personally be thrilled to pieces if it could be proven that there were aliens among us, or that someone could reliably demonstrate psychic power—but to his satisfaction that hasn’t happened yet. I thought about that for WEEKS! :?
I’m not sure I’d be thrilled to find out that there IS some kind of supernatural being who answers prayers and runs things, but in my humble estimation, such a creature just can’t BE. At least not in the omniscient, omnipotent Big G Up In The Sky form as is the usual definition in this culture. Maybe that’s saying THAT KIND OF GOD is not what I believe; is this where your philosophical arguments with tiny minutae begin? You have doctorates, but except for independent reading and some college, my education is very disorganized. But I’m tough. :)