Monday, October 5, 2009

What is Agnosticism?

Agnosticism (a - no; gnosis - knowledge) holds the position that neither affirms belief in God (theism), nor denies the existence of God (atheism) but instead suspends judgment. This suspension of judgment is based upon a "lack of knowledge" or "no true knowledge" on God's existence or non existence.

It is beneficial to distinguish the "soft agnostic", who simply claims the inability to decide the question of God's reality from the "hard agnostic", who claims that no one can decide the question and that suspension is the only reasonable option. The soft agnostic is willing to listen to the evidences while the hard agnostic is not willing to hear the evidences that would assist in making a decision on God's existence.
(C. Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002, s.v., "agnosticism".)

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