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What are you agnostic about?

Agnosticism isn't only about uncertainty, although it may seem like it is. To be agnostic is to be open to possibilities, to accept that reality may not be the way you believe it is. It's also more. There are beliefs that few if any are agnostic about because the scale of absurdity is too high. Few respected thinkers are open to the Earth being hollow, or the Sun being carried across the sky by a heavenly chariot.

Can agnosticism be based on how many believe in an idea? There are many these days who are agnostic about gods, but few who are agnostic about fairies, or elves. As the popularity of those ideas died out, so, it seems, did their possibility.

Can agnosticism be founded on an attempt to be open to evidence, to not appear to have pre-judged things? It seems scientifically honest to be open to persuasion, but are there limits, especially when many of those attempting to persuade insist that their beliefs extend beyond the reach of science?

There is little doubt that, for some, agnosticism is a way of seeming to be promoting reasonableness, a middle ground between supposed extremes. In societies filled with faith, the agnostic seems to many to be to be a friendlier face than the assured atheist. But would we respect agnosticism about the approach of faiths to human rights? What about a slavery agnostic?

Agnosticism about theism seems is a difficult concept, because of the problem of evidence, and the way that gods so often are safely in supernatural realms, beyond human understanding, barely glimpsed out of the corner of the mind's eye, omni-present and yet reachable only through contemplation.

So, I really want to ask those who have in any way described themselves as agnostic this question - what exactly is it that you are agnostic about?

TAGGED: ATHEISM, RELIGION


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