What is agnosticism?

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  1. Charlton Burton profile image72
    Charlton Burtonposted 8 years ago

    What is agnosticism?

  2. JosephumCarissimi profile image60
    JosephumCarissimiposted 8 years ago

    In a nutshell--it is the belief in the existence of God, but that God is unknowable. We cannot discern anything about God imperially, therefore nothing about God can be discerned. It is a fundamental rejection of the concept of divine revelation.

  3. TheLifeExperiment profile image61
    TheLifeExperimentposted 8 years ago

    Ehh, not quite. It is when you aren't sure if there is or isn't a god, so you don't go to church but you don't argue against religion. Its open-mindedness, and agnostics are usually okay with hearing both sides.

  4. M. T. Dremer profile image92
    M. T. Dremerposted 8 years ago

    The way I've always understood it, agnosticism is willingness to believe in god, should he suddenly make his presence known. In other words, agnostics are open to the idea of god, if evidence ever presents itself, where as atheists firmly believe that there are no gods at all, and there is sufficient proof to make that judgement already.

  5. Religulous profile image80
    Religulousposted 8 years ago

    Agnosticism is the belief that man cannot be certain of the nature or existence of God, the existence of life after death, or the origin of the universe. Agnosticism is often coupled with empiricism, the view that knowledge can come only from experiences gained through the senses. To agnostics anything that cannot be perceived by the senses cannot be proved and is therefore unknowable. Unlike atheists, who deny the existence of God, agnostics hold that one cannot be sure of God's existence.

    The term "agnostic" was coined in 1869 by the British scientist Thomas H. Huxley. Some of the world's outstanding philosophers have been agnostics. Among them are Immanuel Kant, Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, and David Hume. Famous American agnostics include William James and George Santayana.


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