Richard Dawkins has a seven point scale to help people describe themselves with regard to their level of conviction about theism and atheism. Wikipedia describes it as follows:
- Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: “I do not believe, I know.”
- De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.”
- Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.”
- Completely impartial. Exactly 50 per cent. “God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.”
- Leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. “I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.”
- De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. “I don’t know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
- Strong atheist. “I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung knows there is one.”
Wiki also adds: “Dawkins self-identified as a ‘6’, though when interviewed by Bill Maher and later by Anthony Kenny, he suggested ‘6.9’ to be more accurate.”
Jerry Coyne labels himself as 6.9. If you ask me, 6.9 is a hilarious number. It’s the very number that would be chosen by an atheist who is closed minded, but does not want to admit to being closed minded.
Me? I’d give myself a 2.5. I am, after all, more open-minded about these issues than Coyne or Dawkins.