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Can I call myself Agnostic?

from Kaye

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Hi, I really like this article. (Ingersoll's Why I am an Agnostic) Somehow, I am so glad to have found someone who shares some of tne sentiments, ideas and beliefs I have.

But...

I still believe that there exists a greater being, although not the one being talked about by the Christian faith, Catholic, Islam, Buddhism etc... It's more like, I have my own personal God. A God whose powers are limited, someone who is not as cruel as the one being mentioned in the Bible. And I am at peace with that.

My question is: given the fact that I still believe that a greater being exists, am I still classified as an Agnostic?

The Patriarch replies:

Kaye:

In general, agnostics do not believe in a god, personal or otherwise.

However, agnosticism is more a statement about what we know (or don't know) rather than what we believe. So, it is not inconsistent to claim a belief while recognizing that you lack knowledge. However, the majority of agnostics place a low probability on the existence of a deity.

No-one owns the word, and if you want to consider yourself an agnostic, I will not object. Though other agnostics might.