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Definition of the noun agnosticism

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noun - plural: agnosticisms

  1. a religious orientation of doubt; a denial of ultimate knowledge of the existence of God
    • example: agnosticism holds that you can neither prove nor disprove God's existence
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic term: religious orientation = an attitude toward religion or religious practices
  2. the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge

Alternative definition of the noun agnosticism


  1. The view that absolute truth or ultimate certainty is unattainable, especially regarding knowledge not based on experience or perceivable phenomena.
  2. The view that the existence of God or of all deities is unknown, unknowable, unproven, or unprovable.
  3. Doubt, uncertainty, or scepticism regarding the existence of a God or of all deities.


  1. "Agnosticism" is a book by Robert Flint.
    • genre: Philosophy
    • subjects: Modern philosophy, Philosophy, Religion, Atheism
  2. "Agnosticism" is a written work.

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Google previewThe Hidden Revelation (2015)

“My passion is Spirituality; my mission is to end homelessness and hunger.” by Morson Livingston

Agnosticism is a belief that the existence or nonexistence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable. More specifically, agnosticism is the view that the true values of certain claims —especially claims about the existence or ...

Google previewThe Agnostic Age (2011)

Law, Religion, and the Constitution by Paul Horwitz

Just as the old agnosticism was a response to the currents of its own age, to the rise of science and the fading confidence in the old religious verities, so the new agnosticism is a response to the currents of our own agnostic age. Constitutional ...

Google previewKey Terms in Philosophy of Religion (2010)

by Raymond J. VanArragon

Agnosticism is a term that can be applied generally, and is simply a position that is midway between believing that...

We'd all agree that sometimes agnosticism is the appropriate position, as when the considerations that favor ...

Google previewThe Errors of Atheism (2010)

by J. Angelo Corlett

Contrary to both orthodox Christian theism and atheism, then, neither of such views is plausible in light of the current state of the evidence, and the New Agnosticism is the most justified position for the time being. What partly underlies the ...

Google previewTo Know Him (2010)

by Rev. Dr. Victor N. Manassa Th.D, Victor N. Manassa

Agnosticism is an extreme illustration. The doctrine of Mansel in ...

Google previewThe Foundations of Christian Bioethics (2000)

by Hugo Tristram Engelhardt

Agnosticism is not a miscalculation. Agnosticism is a moral choice about the very tenor, character, and energies of one's ...

Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (2008)

Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity by Ed Hindson, Ergun Caner

TERM AGNOSTICISM comes from two Greek words: the Greek a, meaning “ without,” and gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Agnosticism is a philosophy that views the truth claims that deal with the metaphysical realm—such as theology, the ...

Google previewDictionary of Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

by Bill Cooke

AIDS agnosticism was the label of choice for people keen to appear reasonable. Some prominent atheists, like G. W. Foote, Chapman Cohen, and Joseph McCabe accused agnosticism of being little more than atheism in a silk hat. Huxley's ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice (2014)

by Sherwood Thompson

Agnosticism and Knowledge Acquisition The term agnosticism is derived from the prefix a, meaning “without,” and the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Hence, the literal translation: “lacking knowledge.” The concept ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne

Modern Agnosticism is thus closely associated with Kant's distinction and Hamilton's principle of relativity. It asserts our inability to know the reality corresponding to our ultimate scientific, philosophic, or religious ideas. (5) Agnosticism, with ...

Google previewEvangelical Dictionary of Theology (2001)

by Walter A. Elwell

modern agnosticism were David Hume and Immanuel Kant. In Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Hume examines the notion of a “cause” and argues that one cannot know the cause of anything a priori. The idea of a cause arises ...

Google previewEvangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Reference Library) (2001)

by Walter A. Elwell

modern agnosticism were David Hume and Immanuel Kant. In Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Hume examines the notion of a “cause” and argues that one cannot know the cause of anything a priori. The idea of a cause arises ...

Google previewThe New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (1908)

Embracing Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology and Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Biography from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

But there is a dogmatic skepticism, and there is no reason why there may not be a more or less hesitant agnosticism. The essential element in both is that the doubt or denial rests on distrust of the power of the human mind to ascertain truth.

Google previewThe Jewish Encyclopedia (1907)

A Descriptive Record of the History, Religion, Literature, and Customs of the Jewish People from the Earliest Times to the Present Day by Cyrus Adler, Isidore Singer

AGNOSTICISM : A term invented by Prof. Thomas H. Huxley in 1869, expressive of opposition to the claims of the Christian gnostic as " the one who knows all about God ” (see Huxley in the “Nineteenth Century,” February, 1889).

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

absolute agnosticism. And there was the positive ethical element in Kant's theism. Ancient ...

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I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all agnosticism means. (Clarence Darrow)
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