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And thus it is that Christianity, too, is a worldview, capable as such of incorporating in its system all the phenomena the world presents to the inquiring mind, including agnosticism. For the skeptical conclusions of the agnostic demonstrate that unaided reason, except among the most brilliant and leisured, will not attain the philosophical truth that the world has a transcendent cause and that man's vocation is to encounter, as far as possible, that cause.
But, as between Agnosticism and Ecclesiasticism, or, as our neighbors across the Channel call it, Clericalism, there can be neither peace nor truce.
Since Kenny finds these analogies dubious, he prefers agnosticism to the certainties of the atheist or theist.
This paper argues that Locke's agnosticism should be understood as a warning not to confuse our human point of view with what really is.
But Be Reasonable is more than a compendium of agnosticism. It covers many other topics vital to people who care about intellectual freedom and personal rights.
Their topics include reclaiming English bones: corporeal commemoration in Hardy's war poems, rhyming events and the pessimistic muse, the end game: Hardy's looking glass, agnosticism and freethinking: the influence of Leslie Stephen, uncomfortably numb: "In Tenebris," and punctuating voice and space.
In this volume, the second for 2009, the entries include a long essay on bookbinding, by Marie-Genevieve Guesdon; the status of the artist, by Walter Denny; arithmetic, by Sonja Brentjes; and agnosticism, by Frank Griffel.
Three theologians belonging in different degrees to this tradition are discussed, namely John Scotus Eriugena, Anselm of Canterbury and Nicolas of Cusa, and it is argued that all three, in maintaining the ineffability of God, reach positions that are in effect forms of agnosticism. There is a paradox here: if God is inconceivable, is it not self-refuting to talk about him at all, even to state his inconceivability?
Famously known for his passionate and moving trial speeches, he was also a national lecturer and writer on the subjects of agnosticism and freethought, and was an Ethical Culturist.
In asserting that atheism is on the decline, McGrath does differentiate between "fundamental" atheism--defined as "a firm and principled commitment to the non-existence of God"--and the more-prevalent current climate of agnosticism and indifference to religion.
He concludes that agnosticism is the only tenable philosophical position, but also that it may not be wise to live and die as an agnostic.
The author notes that his intent is to add to society's continuing discussion regarding the place of religion, atheism, agnosticism, and secularism in our personal, political, and social lives--particularly since it is highly unlikely that advocates for religion and atheism are likely to disappear.