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December 1, 2012


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Classification of isms

ReptillianSP2011 Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
[link] - A work in progress

Things to add
1. Non-theism and it's subbranches.
2. Finishing up the subbranches.
3. Add a note regarding non-theism and atheism
4. Perhaps add a new isms which is called unsure and add subbranches.
5. Definitions of course.

I am looking forward for criticism. Note that apatheism can belong in all of the 3 ism and ignostic isn't exactly agnostic or atheism as one could classify a ignostic as all of those 3 though what isms he/she belongs into is dependant on the definition being used. I am hoping to resolve relativistic issues with the unsure branch.

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Totally-dead Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This feels like a psychiatry versus humanistic clinical psychology debate.
Lupin-da-3rd Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people." Ferris Bueller
We teaists ( those who sit back and enjoy understanding, assessing and comparing the arguments for and against divine beings, with a warm cup of tea. (PS. Coffee sucks)) feel underrepresented in your chart..
ReptillianSP2011 Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sure that could fall under atheism or agnosticism or nontheism where nontheism should be seen as a firmly undecided position which does not include or preclude any position regarding the belief in such divine being.
ReptillianSP2011 Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I have now updated the chart. There will be few more modification and an additional group and then the chart should be called as done.

Minor critique, but I think calling it Atheistic Apatheism and Theistic Apatheism would be more consistent.

There's about a billion subclasses you could use in this.
Like: kathenotheism is pantheism where one god is considered supreme. Or henotheism where you don't believe one god is supreme, but still have a patron deity above others that may exist. Omnism is when you believe all religions are essentially correct.
And if agnosticism is that we can't know anything outside material phenomena, academicism is that we can't know anything at all, while solipsism is that we can only know that we (the self) exists.
There are also people who differentiate agnostic a/theism from implicit a/theism. Saying that implicit atheists are only people who have not heard of gods or have not considered gods. Where agnostic atheism is not having a belief in gods but that gods are unknown or unknowable.
There's also divisions in atheism based on materialism, if only the material universe exists or immaterial aspects of the universe exist.

And so on and so on.
ReptillianSP2011 Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I have made a new revamp of the classification of the isms. I'll add more of what you said later. For now, this is the progress.

- [link]

What I think I need to do is to somehow intergrate "Unsure person that does not belong into a isms" and "Inconclusive varied nontheism" as they are somewhat the same thing in the whole grand scheme of thing.

I'll add henotheism, academicism, solipsism somewhere. I will also add dualistic atheism. So much different theological position.
Nice, it's coming along. Just so you know though,religious pantheism is on there twice. :)
ReptillianSP2011 Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Updated the chart, see latest post. I intentionally posted it twice where pantheism goes in conjunction to panentheism once so I can make this charting easier and leave room for other groups.
Spudfuzz Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What if I thought (not believed) based on personal experiences I had and thousands of individual independent eye witness claims that the so called "paranormal" has a universal and scientific/ logical (not logical to the current mindset of society) explanation without all the karma/magic/Gods are uber special spiritualism bullshit. For example I hold the theory that "Gods/spirits/ astral projection" etc is real but not in the sense of how they are currently defined by the many narrow minded belief systems in society. These are normal things/ people that don't need to be worshiped or prayed to. What would I be? :saddummy:
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