"What it Means to Be an Agnostic"

Views of agnosticism from academics and scholars throughout the world.

Ask any number of people to define agnosticism, and you will likely get as many different answers. This is because agnostics are more philosophical in their views about God and spirituality. Agnosticism is therefore not subject to the dogmatic beliefs and teachings associated with most organized religions. There are, however, some common threads and fundamentals related to being agnostic. This includes an open-mindedness about matters which are beyond the grasp of human understanding.

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Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto - (Book) - (Lesley Hazelton) Hazleton makes a compelling case for why agnosticism matters, and sets out a comprehensive and though-provoking definition of what it means. (
Agnostic Basics - (Article) (Austin Cline) "Agnosticism for beginners. Basic facts about agnosticism and agnostics." (
Agnosticism: The Battle Against Shameless Ignorance - (Book) - (James Kirk Wall) "This book is about thinking. Two forces which cause great suffering and evil in this world are arrogance and shameless ignorance." (
Agnosticism for  Beginners - (Artcle) (Austin Cline) "There are a lot of agnosticism resources on this site for beginners. These include articles on what agnosticism is, what agnosticism is not, and refutations of many popular myths about agnosticism." (
Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think - (Article) (George Dvorsky) "Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there's much more to agnosticism" (
Agnosticism: The Third Perspective - (Book) (Graeme Lindenmayer) "This book takes what I think is a dispassionate and rigorous look at the religious and atheist positions, clearly distinguishing agnosticism as a valid alternative to both, but acknowledging that either might be “correct”. (
Agnosticism and Thomas Henry Huxley - (Article) (Austin Cline) "The term agnosticism itself was coined by Professor T.H. Huxley. For Huxley, agnosticism was a position which rejected the knowledge claims of both strong atheism and traditional theism. (
An Agnostic Manifesto - (Article) (Ron Rosenbaum) "Agnosticism is not atheism or theism. It is radical skepticism, doubt in the possibility of certainty, opposition to the unwarranted certainties that atheism and theism offer." (
Five Things to Know About Agnosticism - (Article) (Elizabeth Enochs)
What does being agnostic mean. Five things to know about those of us who keep our options open. (
What Does Agnostic Mean - (Article) (Phil Zukerman, Ph.D) Welcome to the serenely humble world of agnosticism: the position which holds that many deep, existential questions may in fact be un-answerable, and we should thus admit to the limits of our knowledge and accept that there may be some cosmic mysteries out there.  (
What is Agnostic Theism - (Article) (Austin Cline) "Many people who adopt the label of agnostic assume that, in doing so, they also exclude themselves from the category of theist." (
What is An Agnostic - (Article) (Bertrand Russell) An essay about the basic tenets of agnosticism by Bertrand Russell. (