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Classification of isms

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

Things to add
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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 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This feels like a psychiatry versus humanistic clinical psychology debate.
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Lupin-da-3rd Featured By Owner 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
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Liedy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
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..
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner 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.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner 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.

[link]
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
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.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner 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.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Nice, it's coming along. Just so you know though,religious pantheism is on there twice. :)
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner 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.
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner 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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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I have no idea what you would be, but you might fall under dualistic polytheism. I guess.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
What about a schism?
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:iconreptilliansp2011:
ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Wouldn't any schism can arguably belong into one of those? Am I missing something?
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Idk, what's a schism?
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
A schism is a division between people, usually belonging to an organization or movement religious denomination. The word is most frequently applied to a break of communion between two sections of Christianity that were previously a single body, or to a division within some other religion. It is also used of a split within a non-religious organization or movement or, more broadly, of a separation between two or more people, be it brothers, friends, lovers, etc.

So yeah, any schism can fit into one of them.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Ok, what about prism?
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:iconreptilliansp2011:
ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I googled. Not relevant.
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Digital Artist
But it's an ism.
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:iconreptilliansp2011:
ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Your point is that I should change title of chart to 'theological isms'. Got it.
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divine--apathia Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Is there are a name for a person who is atheist, yet still believes the paranormal? For example, they believe in ghosts/spirits etc, but no god?
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Normally it's called Dualism. That existence is split between physical/material and spiritual.
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think there is a formal term for this; however, paranormalist has been used informally to describe those who believe in paranormal activity/beings.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
There's spiritual atheist, yes. But that still falls under any group regarding atheism, so I won't add that.
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Typo: I'm pretty sure you mean "panentheism" instead of "panetheism". But I wouldn't consider that a distinct stream of theistic thought. It's compatible with any number of religious systems, both polytheistic and monotheistic. Significant portions of Christianity are arguably panentheistic, as is Hinduism.

Deism might or might not be religious in nature. I think you could fairly call many Unitarians deist, for example. It's the difference between credal and non-credal religions, I think.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the criticism. It seems like I would need to add the polytheistic branch somewhere, but it can fit under theism and agnosticism. Looks like I will need to revamp this work.

*Goes looking for a diagram software*
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Scnal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anti-theism isn't necessarily a branch off of atheism, there is such thing as agnostic anti-theism (and even theistic anti-theism, if you have a weird way of thinking).
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok, I will add agnostic anti-theism and theistic anti-theism (you got to explain this one).
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Scnal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my friends, a while ago (he stopped believing in what he was saying), classified himself as a christian, and he did believe in God and everything, but he absolutely hated religion (both as a concept and as what it is) and wished no one believed in any.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Could that really be considered anti-theism though? Anti-theism isn't anti-religion, per say, but anti-god belief.
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Scnal Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, but that's what he was. He believed in God but was entirely against believing in God at the same time.
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I see where you're getting at. One that believes in something though he/she regrets the belief itself and opposes people believing in it. I have added theistic anti-theism.

So for now.

Under agnostic
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Agnostic anti-theism

Under theism
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Theistic anti-theism

Under non-theism (added as a subbranch of isms)
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Undecided
Natural nontheism

I also have added unsure as a subbranch of isms.
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