New Oxford American Dictionary wrote:theism (noun) - belief in the existence of a god or gods, esp. belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures. Compare with deism .
atheism (noun) - the theory or belief that God does not exist.
deism (noun) - belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind. Compare with theism.
agnostic (noun) - a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
mbresciana wrote:Would you please point me towards a more complete definition that illustrates the qualifications that you and Emery are referring to?
I can't believe that a God who created me and knew every thought I would ever think (and I do believe in free will) in Ps. 139 would be taken aback or offended by such a challenge. I can imagine a God who is doubled over in laughter saying, "Finally, what took you so long!"
I don't think you're really an atheist. Why would you care so much about something you don't believe in? I hope you get your answer to complete your understanding and finish your quest.
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