I can respect well thought-out objections to statements that I make; indeed, the mental stimulation of confronting objections can spur me to refine or discard my ideas where appropriate, but I will not tolerate a disrespectful tone like the one that you used above. You will need to be mindful of your tone if you wish to comment in my journal. If you feel you can maintain a respectful tone, then feel free to voice your objections to my ideas.
Yes, I created the word quasitheism
, which should have been readily apparent by a phrase such as "I felt that it was the best available prefix"
. Our language currently lacks a word to definitively describe a certain category of beliefs, so I created the word quasitheism
to fill that gap. Simply put, when asked for my religious affiliation I was not satisfied with any of the options (such as atheist
, or pagan
) for various reasons.
You said, "Obviously there is a relationship that exists beyond physical matter." Quasitheism does not posit a mere "relationship" beyond physical matter; instead, it posits an entire layer of reality that has not yet been described by scientists. Understand that quasitheism holds it as plausible that within this uncharted layer there could dwell an entity that we would call God, which means that a quasitheist is not an atheist, by definition. You make the generalization that "Any atheist will tell you that there's the possibility there's a god or 'something' out there"
, yet I have known many atheists who emphatically declare that all gods and remotely "godlike" entities are completely fictional.
Agnosticism is, as you say, "a state of being without knowledge [about God]". Though there have been differing versions of agnosticism throughout history, the modern agnostic by labeling himself/herself as such makes a declaration that he/she remains purposefully indecisive regarding whether or not God exists. By contrast, a quasitheist is a person who knows
(often through personal experience) that there is something
[which could be called God] beyond the material reality that science describes; by taking such a stance the quasitheist is not an agnostic either, by definition.
If you were to listen to a quasitheist speak about certain experiences, you would label them as a theist. The simple fact is that quasitheism is closer to theism than it is to atheism, which is actually reflected in the word itself.
The word quasitheism
sounds like extraneous bullshit to you because, quite simply, you are not a quasitheist. Your belief set does not reside in an awkward ideological space with no name of its own; your belief set does not need to be distinguished as separate from other belief systems that are confusingly similar yet incompatible. Would-be quasitheists will recognize the utility of the word to describe their personal ideological space.