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The Meaning of “Agnostic”

Posted by Remy on April 14, 2009

Agnostic is from the Greek, gnosis, knowing, and the negative “a” to mean: one who does not know.

It was coined by T.H. Huxley, who defined an agnostic as  “one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known.” 

I would modify “…the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known…” with “except that one knows that these things cannot be known.”

Perhaps an easier definition would be to give the Latin for Agnostic: Ignoramus.

2 Responses to “The Meaning of “Agnostic””

  1. Patrick said

    They simply can’t trust anything. Not their eyes, not their minds, and certainly not what anyone else tells them. They at least got their own fallability right, bless their hearts.

  2. Remy said

    I yearn for the oldschool atheists, I’m tired of these dippy agnostics. Stephen Jay Gould, now that was an atheist I could respect. Hitchins, Dawkins, those guys are mooks.

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