July 31, 2010

TIME TO CHOOSE:

An Agnostic Manifesto: At least we know what we don't know. (Ron Rosenbaum, June 28, 2010, Slate)

Let's get one thing straight: Agnosticism is not some kind of weak-tea atheism. 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. [...]

I would not go so far as to argue that there's a "new agnosticism" on the rise. But I think it's time for a new agnosticism, one that takes on the New Atheists. Indeed agnostics see atheism as "a theism"—as much a faith-based creed as the most orthodox of the religious variety. [...]

Why has agnosticism fallen out of favor? New Atheism offers the glamour of fraudulent rebelliousness, while agnosticism has only the less eye-catching attractions of humility. The willingness to say "I don't know" is less attention-getting than "I know, I know. I know it all."


A man points a gun at your head and asks, "Would it be wrong for me to shoot you?"

The theist answers, "Yes."

The consistent atheist answers, "No."

The consistent agnostic answers, "I can't know."

It's perfectly healthy to doubt everything, but it ultimately just imposes the obligation to choose a side even in the absence of perfect knowledge.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2010 1:19 PM
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