Field of Science Atheism/Agnosticism Awards

Over at, Austin is running the 2012 Readers Choice Awards. Like last year, there are a number of categories, so head on over and nominate your favourite (you have until Feb 15, with voting starting on Feb 22nd).
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Book of 2011
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Blog
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Podcast
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Website
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Community
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist to Follow on Twitter
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Facebook Page
  • Best Agnostic or Atheist Ad
While I have you here, though, I'd be interested to hear what the readers of this blog think are the best in each of these categories.

Personally, I think the best Atheist Community is the one over at reddit (I just love reddit in general). I don't really have a favourite blog, although the one I read most regularly is the one over at Science and Religion Today.

But what are you reading - when you can tear yourself away from Epiphenom, naturally!

Creative Commons License This article by Tom Rees was first published on Epiphenom. It is licensed under Creative Commons.


  1. I have an Issues with Atheism being grouped with Agnosticism. They are fundamentally not the same at all. Agnosticism requires some form of belief in a higher power. Atheism is the absence of any acknowledgement of a higher power. Simply put, atheist won't say I belive in some higher power, instead they cannot prove the exsistence in a higher power and therefore will not acknowledge the exsistence of any higher power. We mgiht say maybe/maybe not a higher pwoer exsists, but agnsotics feel pretty sure one does regardless of evidence. Agnostics simply don't presume this higher pwoer to be one of the deities described so far by human cultures.

    This is how I udnertsand it at least. Please clarift if I got anything wrong.

  2. Personally, I think 'atheist' and 'agnostic' are vague terms that can mean several different things. I think an atheist is someone who is 'without gods' - i.e. lives their life as if the gods do not exist. An agnostic, on the other hand, lives their life as if the gods may exist.

    Tellingly, these terms are really used by researchers into religion and non-belief. They tend to use phrases like 'non-believer' or 'non-religious'. Plenty of people who have no meaningful religious beliefs would not describe themselves as atheists.


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