Dawkins Belief Scale Images

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins formulated a 7-point belief scale from 1 (total belief) to 7 (total non-belief). Here, I offer a set of 14 transparent 180 x 200 pixel PNG images – 7 images for light backgrounds and 7 for dark – for others to display on their blogs or websites.

The text on my images differs slightly from Dawkins’ but, I think, maintains the meaning.

  1. Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists.
  2. De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there.
  3. Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.
  4. Pure Agnostic: God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.
  5. Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.
  6. De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there.
  7. Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God.

Download the NEW version 2 files for either Light or Dark backgrounds. (Ver. 2 files are 200x230px with rounded borders and light drop shadow. Both downloads contain the template PSD file.)

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You can also download version 1 of the set in both PNG format or Photoshop PSD files. (Ver. 1 files do not have any borders.)

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Neither this site nor myself are in any way associated with Richard Dawkins or the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

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  13. Resident Atheist

    There are no weak or strong atheists. There are only atheists. If you are not an atheist you are a theist or an agnostic. These are the only three possibilities. All three positions are mutually exclusive. Anyone between 1 an 7 on Dawkins scale is an agnostic. Including Richard Dawkins who puts himself at 6.9 on his own scale. You know there is a god (1), you know there isn’t a god (7) or you don’t know (everything in between). If you know there is a god you are theist, if you know there isn’t a god you are an atheist and if you don’ know, don’t care you are an agnostic. It doesn’t matter how much you don’t know, you still don’t know.

    Please stop trying to break atheists in to little groups like religious sects. We are too few in number to be divided up into groups. Especially when the group definitions are unfounded and inaccurate.

    1. christophersisk Post author

      Resident Atheist:

      I disagree.. but mainly on a level of definition. There are many definitions of ‘atheist’ and yours is clearly of the “I know for a fact that there is no god” .. but I define atheist in the classical sense of “I do not have a belief in a god” .. just as “asymmetrical” means a lack of symmetry, “atheist” means a lack of theism. In my personal view, every ‘agnostic’ is an atheist.. if you “don’t know” then you clearly lack a belief. I’ve never really liked the term agnostic. You may call me an agnostic, and that is fine because I don’t know whether or not there is a god .. I don’t think anyone can know. I just think it’s more unlikely than likely (probably vs. possible argument). I personally choose to identify as an atheist, in part, because there are too few who publicly announce that they lack belief in god and also because I think it’s the proper term to acknowledge my lack of belief. I feel there are a lot more of us out there than you give credit for, and finding a way to be public about it without taking on the ridicule or backlash from their community is helpful, in my opinion.

      The idea of the scale was more to show how many in the atheist community are willing to sit within the spectrum of knowledge vs. how many believers will jump to #1 and discount the possibility that they’re wrong. Most Christians will go straight to #1 (I know there is a god).. whereas, most non-believers have the sense to admit that there are levels of possibility and belief and that they may fit more in a #4 – #6 or #7. Dawkins says in The God Delusion, that very few atheists will actually identify as #7’s in stark contrast to the number of Christians that will immediately identify as #1’s. It’s a consciousness raising exercise.

  14. Mina

    I really like your badges, there just isn’t one that would describe me. Would you mind adding a badge for an additional level on that scale? Something like this:

    8. Atheist: To me the issue is not “does God exist”. I consider the very concept of a God, like all monocausal explanations, to be inherently unsound.

    1. Christopher Sisk


      Since this set is meant to mirror the scale set up by Richard Dawkins in his book, I don’t think I’ll be adding any other levels to the scale.. but you can download the set and make use of the Photoshop (PSD) file included and make your own edits.

    2. Damien AtHope

      I am with you Mina, I also am also an “8” I call myself antireligionist not atheist because I hate and look down on all and even religion or religious philosophy that have no gods it is still all myths.

  15. dale

    People .. people .. the grading is nonsense. Anyone at any time can slip back and forth between these numbers. What has really changed is the term “atheism” itself. It used to mean
    “no belief in a higher power”. Most particle and astrophysicists can now classify these “higher god-like powers” into type 2s .. 3s .. 4s and higher. The term “atheism” should be much more narrower and target our real enemy .. Organized Religion. Atheism should be something we can ALL grasp .. “a non-belief in scriptural paperback gods” .. period !!! Let’s stick together here. Our enemy is not “out there” .. it’s all around us .. here on Earth !!!

  16. David

    My own personal category: I am 100% certain that the God of the Bible does not exist, but I try to live my life as though he is there. What number is that?


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