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Beliefs, disbeliefs, doubts,
ambivalence -- Ultimate Reality
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Ultimate Reality

The following is designed to facilitate
exploration of where, exactly, you stand
on matters of ultimate reality, a subject
that most homo sapiens find to be of
supreme importance, however reluctant
many are to openly discuss their views
on such matters.

From our standpoint, our view on such
matters is based on our experiences
within the particular space-time contin-
uum we happen to find ourselves in,
on a particular planet called Earth, one
among perhaps 500 sextillion* planets
separated from us by unimaginably vast
distances outside of the planets in our
particular solar system:

* Based on an estimated average of
7.14 planets circling the over
70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
(70 sextillion) stars in the visible
universe
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3085885.stm

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Naturalism

(philosophy) The doctrine that the world
can be understood in scientific terms
without recourse to spiritual or super-
natural explanations

Are you

o a naturalist

o an anaturalist (a disbeliever in naturalism)

o an agnostic naturalist (one who neither
believes or disbelieves in naturalism,
holding that there isn't enough evidence
for either belief or disbelief)

o a doubting naturalist (one who considers
one's self a naturalist, but who doubts
naturalism, either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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Secular Humanism

The doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity
for self-realization through reason; rejects reli-
gion and the supernatural.

o a secular humanist

o an asecular humanist (a believer in human-
ism to the extent that it does not exclude
religion)

o an ahumanist (a disbeliever in humanism)

o an agnostic secular humanist (one who
neither believes or disbelieves in secular
humanism, holding that there isn't enough
evidence for either belief or disbelief)

o a doubting secular humanist (one who
considers one's self a secular humanist,
but who doubts secular humanism, either
in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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The Gods

Deities thought to be beings of supernatural
powers or attributes, believed in and wor-
shiped by people, especially deities thought
to control some part (or all) of nature or reality.

Are you

o a polytheist

o an apolytheist (a disbeliever in the Gods)

o an agnostic polytheist (one who neither
believes or disbelieves in the Gods,
holding that there isn't enough evidence
for either belief or disbelief)

o a doubting polytheist (one who considers
one's self a polytheist, but doubts poly-
theism, either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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God (Deism)

The belief, based solely on reason, in
a God who created the universe and
then abandoned it, assuming no control
over life, exerting no influence on natural
phenomena, and giving no supernatural
revelation.

Are you

o a deist

o an adeist (a disbeliever in a creator
God or a believer in a creator God
but a disbeliever in one which fails
to participate in the natural world)

o an agnostic deist (one who neither
believes or disbelieves in a deistic
God, holding that there isn't enough
evidence for either belief or disbelief)

o a doubting deist (one who considers
one's self a deist, but doubts deism,
either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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God (Christian)

A deity thought to be a supreme being of
supernatural powers or attributes, believed
in and worshiped by people, especially a
deity thought to send his only son as a sacri-
fice enabling eternal life to those who believe
he was a son of God and died and was raised
from the dead and/or who follow selected reli-
gious edicts, with said deity thought to be in
control of some part (or all) of nature or reality.

Are you

o a Christian theist

o an atheist (a disbeliever in all Gods)

o an agnostic (one who neither believes
or disbelieves in the Christian God or
in any Gods, holding that there isn't
enough evidence for either belief or
disbelief)

o a doubting Christian theist (one who
considers one's self a part of the
Christian religion, but doubts Christian
theism, either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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God (Jewish)

A deity thought to be a supreme being of
supernatural powers or attributes, believed
in and worshiped by people, with said deity
thought to be in control of some part (or all)
of nature or reality.

o a Jewish theist

o an atheist (a disbeliever in all Gods)

o an agnostic (one who neither believes
or disbelieves in the Jewish God or
in any Gods, holding that there isn't
enough evidence for either belief or
disbelief)

o a doubting Jewish theist (one who
considers one's self a part of the
Jewish religion, but doubts Jewish
theism, either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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God (Muslim)

A deity thought to be a supreme being of
supernatural powers or attributes, believed
in and worshiped by people, with said deity
thought to be in control of some part (or all)
of nature or reality, with Muhammad thought
to be the last prophet of Allah (God).

o a Muslim theist

o an atheist (a disbeliever in all Gods)

o an agnostic (one who neither believes
or disbelieves in the Muslim God or in
any Gods, holding that there isn't enough
evidence for either belief or disbelief)

o a doubting Muslim theist (one who
considers one's self a part of Muslim
religion, but doubts Muslim theism,
either in part or in whole)

o ambivalent about the matter, having
no views one way or the other on the
topic

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