Originally Posted by Darrin
I honestly don't think agnostic and atheist should be pigeon holed together. They are two different beliefs. Agnostic believe something is out there they just don't know what. It could be an advanced alien race, it might be God, it could be a super advanced AI or anything else that comes to mind. Atheist believe there is nothing out there.
Not quite. While an agnostic believes it is impossible to know if god(s) exist (or simply refuses to believe one way or the other), atheism is the absence of a belief in god(s)...but that doesn't mean "nothing." Some categorize Buddhism as atheism because of there is no "personal god." An atheist could believe in an advanced, alien, non-god race or a super advanced AI; he just doesn't believe they are gods.
Agnostic is about "not knowing" and gnostic is about knowing. A theist believes a god exists, an atheist does not believe gods exist. You can actually have agnostic atheists (doesn't believe gods exist but doesn't know for sure), gnostic atheists (does not believe any god exists and claims to be know for sure), agnostic theists (believes a god exists, but won't claim this belief to be true), and gnostic theists (believes a god exists and claims to know this as fact).
But yes, agnostic and atheist are certainly two different things.
I'm an agnostic bigfooter... while I don't believe in the existence of Big Foot, I can't claim to know for certain... Oh, and a Frisbeetarian... : )